Jackson Havenstein | arts & entertainment editor
New USD 329 maintenance director Gary Blanton started out as a dairy farmer before he found his passion for maintenance.
He then worked in a mobile home park doing set-up and maintenance on mobile homes. Now, Blanton is here to fix “everything except air conditioners.”
“It’s a challenge to figure out how to fix all the different problems, but I love seeing the satisfaction on someone’s face when I fix an issue,” Blanton said.
Blanton travels all around the district to perform his duties and has been involved in projects such as removing a cabinet and adding a sink to a Maple Hill Elementary School bathroom.
Blanton also said that there is really nothing much he dislikes about this job because to him it’s not really a job, more of a hobby.
Blanton attended Alma High School back in 1963 before the district combined. He said that this helped to give him a good start of learning the layout of the buildings.
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