Farewell to Randy Foreman

Bidding a Fond Farewell to Randy Foreman
Posted on 12/12/2017
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In 1976, Maintenance Director Randy Foreman came to work for the Nampa School District fresh out of Nampa High. When he retires at the end of this month after 41 years, he will leave behind a thriving district and a team of employees he regards as family – possibly because so many of them really are. Joining him in retirement is his wife, Shelley, who works in Nutrition Services. He also has a son, Cody, working as a GCA manager over custodians, and a sister, Debbie, who works the inter-office mail run.

It was another family member, his uncle Jim Payne, who encouraged him to apply with the district in the first place. Jim was handling the inter-office mail run, and Randy was hired as a custodian at Centennial Elementary (which had opened just the year before, in 1975). Later, his uncle became head custodian at Centennial and Randy’s boss.

After three years at Centennial, Randy was asked to take over the inter-office mail run. Just a few years later, he was asked to manage the warehouse. After four years in the position, he was tapped to run either the maintenance or custodial departments — he chose to take on both at once.

By the time Gary Larsen took over as superintendent, the district had several new schools and even Randy had to admit the job was too big for one person. The custodial and maintenance responsibilities were divided. In addition to running maintenance and grounds, Randy also took on the management and representation of district projects. For three or four years in the early 2000s, he acted as the owner’s rep for building new schools. After that he went back to focusing just on maintenance, grounds and projects.

Foreman has worked under seven superintendents, and another four interim superintendents, and has seen big changes in the district. From a small operation with about seven employees, the department has grown to about 22, including groundskeepers, licensed electricians, plumbers, skilled maintenance and HVAC professionals.

He is looking forward to retirement as a time to travel and focus on his hobbies – working on cars in the new garage he recently had built, antiquing and spending time with his six (soon to be seven) grandchildren.

“It’s tough to leave,” he said. “I will miss the people, my work projects, keeping schools up for the kids. It’s been a great career and I have really enjoyed it.”