George H. W. Bush New Tech Odessa’s routine maintenance services’ Rome Kleck stands for a portrait following an interview about his choice as the Ector County Unbiased School District’s 2021 Servicing Personnel of the Yr Wednesday in the university. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)

Henry “Rome” Kleck enjoys staying the daily life of the celebration. The routine maintenance lots of at George H.W. New Tech Odessa, Kleck started off functioning for the district 22 a long time in the past following giving up his have landscaping business.

That was 22 a long time in the past. Kleck had to discover on the task, but he enjoys it and just lately, he was acknowledged as ECISD Servicing Personnel of the Yr.

“There was an opening to go to perform at ECSD. I believe that it was back in 1989, 1990 and I took it. I started off out in the lawn at the administration setting up,” Kleck said.

His landscaping business is what he said acquired him into his task with the district.

Kleck has worked at a assortment of campuses.

“I went to Permian (Significant School) for a extended time. I took treatment of the grounds there. Then all of a unexpected, there was an possibility to go into doing routine maintenance at Bonham Junior Significant School functioning for James Ramage, which I presently knew how to do that. … It was kind of interesting. My very first working day there by myself, an air conditioner on hearth,” he said.

The university was evacuated, the hearth division showed up.

“I place up the ladder just in time for a person of the firemen to climb up there on major of the university. I have really been as a result of a few of fires,” Kleck said.

Kleck said the motive he likes the task so a lot is there is generally some thing different heading on.

“You’ve acquired to do electrical perform. I do A/C perform. I do plumbing. I’m not hip on plumbing, but I can do it. … I have had a good deal of persons assistance me discover this stuff so I, you know, you know, there is the persons that routine maintenance like the electricians and the plumbers and stuff like that. I would not have ever been in a position to do this task if it was not for them. The locksmith they appear out here. If you want to discover to do it, they truly want you to discover to do it,” Kleck said.

In addition to having pleasurable finding out the many trades, Kleck said he’s fulfilled a good deal of excellent persons.

“I’m grateful to perform … for some truly fantastic principals. (Principal) Mr. (Gerardo) Ramirez is truly an superb principal to perform for. He’s a good deal of pleasurable. I do not assume he was ready for a routine maintenance male that will very a lot say anything, just appear out of remaining area, but I give him a snicker just about every now and then,” he extra.

For his section, Ramirez said Kleck is a excellent employees member.

“He truly keeps our spirits superior here. … That will come very first, and second, he takes treatment of anything else that wants to be taken treatment of, so I truly take pleasure in what he’s brought to our lifestyle here. We get pleasure from functioning with him. (He’s) just an superb, superb worker superb employees member,” Ramirez said.

Together with Ramirez, Kleck said he also appreciated functioning with Ramage and Steve Brown, a previous Permian principal who is now serving as university board secretary.

“… I generally knew the place I stood with him,” Kleck said.

Of garnering the award, Kleck said he didn’t assume he would ever earn it so he was a minimal bit surprised.

“Sometimes my mouth runs a minimal bit also considerably away from me. I kind of preserve every person on their toes. … There is a good deal of persons in excess of there that are, I’m guaranteed, far more deserving … It was great honor,” he said.

Ramirez said even nevertheless Kleck is a routine maintenance male at NTO, he’s frequently requested for his assistance due to the fact he’s so experienced.

Initially from Odessa, Kleck is an Odessa Significant School graduate. His wife is Kay Kleck.

Irene Nunez, office supervisor at NTO, said Kleck’s award was effectively deserved.

“He is just at the major of his game. He is a person that you can go to. He’ll get the task completed,” Nunez said.

Nunez conceded that Kleck likes to give her a tricky time.

She extra that he participates in all the theme Fridays. He dresses up as Dr. Seuss’ Issue One and Issue Two. He dresses up as rock and roll musicians.

“He’s a good deal of pleasurable. He will appear early in the early morning just to say hello. Do we have to have anything? … He lets us know what he’s acquired heading on for the working day. But if we have to have anything, just to enable him know and he may possibly not do it at the time that we phone him, but he will get it completed. Time period,” Nunez said.