“I thought it was a pretty good honor for what my position is,” he said.
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Burcher, 61, starts his day around 2 p.m. and spends the next several hours cleaning and scrubbing classrooms, bathrooms, hallways and floors. The custodians also help with sporting events whenever needed. Burcher’s shift ends around midnight.
As a custodian, Burcher has seen many students come and go and others who leave only to return to Sprayberry as educators. For example, one student graduated and later came back to serve as a football coach while a student-athlete who played baseball returned to the East Cobb institution to teach math.
“I've had a good rapport with the kids,” he said. “It’s a great community.”
Burcher, who lives in Roswell, began his tenure with Cobb schools in 1979 as a custodian at Wheeler High School. He also worked at East Cobb Middle School and Lassiter High School. He’s been a member of Sprayberry’s staff for more than 30 years.
Sprayberry’s longtime custodian said he doesn’t plan to retire any time soon. He said he’s worked with a variety of principals who’ve all done things differently, but he’s always had the support of administrators, teachers, students and staff.
“I have a lot of good friends in this county,” he said.
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