BCCC honors retiring custodian Louvenia Staley retires after 19 years at school

Louvenia Staley's co-workers at the Barnwell County Career Center honored her 19 years of service in caring for the needs of the school and everyone there with a special luncheon Sept. 28 - her last day as a custodian.
"We appreciate your service and consistency," said BCCC Director Sam McKay to Staley who retired. "I'm a little bit jealous (of her retiring) but am very happy for her."
After nearly 20 years, Staley said it's going to be weird not being at work by 6:45 a.m. each morning. "I may get up Monday and come in," joked Staley.
While she's looking forward to spending more time with her family, she said she'll miss her colleagues who are a second family to her. "I love everyone I work with," said Staley, who plans to visit her BCCC family. "If they need me, they can call me."
That feeling is mutual among her colleagues, some of whom reflected on their time with Staley.
"You are the kindest person I have ever worked with," said W.C. Black, the drafting instructor. "I wish you Godspeed."
Debbie Dicks, the health occupations instructor, said Staley has a "heart of gold" and has helped her many times. "I'm truly going to miss her."
"We've had some good laughs," said agriculture instructor Mindy Sandifer. She said she'll miss the talks she and Staley would often have.
David Ferguson began this week as the new custodian and will work with Elmore Hosey, the school's other custodian.