Arlie Gardner celebrates his 90th birthday.
While some may find it difficult to image reporting to work at the age of 90, Arlie Gardner remains focused on a job well done.
On Monday, his 90th birthday, he walked into a conference room at the LaRue County Schools Board of Education with a step ladder on his shoulder and a roll of duct tape in his hand. Led to the room under the guise of a maintenance project, Gardner was met by coworkers and friends gathered to celebrate the longtime LaRue County Schools employee.
Gardner, a part-time maintenance specialist, started working for the school district in 1973.
“Arlie’s 90th birthday and his service to the school district are worth celebrating,” said superintendent David Raleigh. “Though his work in our facilities, he’s played a role in maintaining a positive school environment for our students and staff for generations.”
The celebration extended beyond the school district as Hodgenville Mayor Kenny DeVore and LaRue County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner proclaimed Nov. 12, 2018 Arlie Gardner Day. Proclamations recognized Gardner’s work ethic, craftsmanship and dedication to the schools. DeVore also presented Gardner a key to the city of Hodgenville.
“Arlie’s work ethic and character are unmatched,” said Phil Fulkerson, director of transportation and maintenance. “He shows up every morning ready to work, willing to do whatever is needed.”
“I like to work. I’ve always worked,” Gardner said. “The schools have been a good place to work.”