Employee helps to maintain a great learning environment


Can you imagine being the grounds coordinator for the entire school corporation?

That’s how Donald Wirick spent the first 25 of his 30-year career with the Merrillville Community Schooldwirick Corporation. Now he works as general maintenance at MHS. 

“I have always enjoyed the different types of jobs that pop up daily,” Mr. Wirick said. “Also, I enjoy the people that I get to work with on a daily basis.”

One of the main reasons he said he has stayed so long was he enjoyed the real sense of family within the corporation “from day one.”

One of his most memorable moments was the time he helped prank the assistant superintendent into thinking a kitten was trapped in the ceiling above his office.

“I had nothing to do with the planning,” he said. “I was only called upon to implement part of the ruse. It was epic!!”

He said he plans for his MCSC tenure to come to an end in June 2022.

“I have a solid two years of ‘honey-do’s,’ then I may volunteer at a local hospital for a couple of days a week.

“For 30 years, I have been lucky enough to watch the Senior Drive Around,” he added. “Knowing that I have helped make a great learning environment for the students has always inspired me to come to work.” 

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