After 32 years, Steve Dyess is stepping down

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 25, 2019

Andalusia native Steve Dyess has been seen cutting the grass around the schools, wax floors or driving the school buses for the past 32 years, but now, due to back problems, he is retiring.

“I just loved being around the kids,” Dyess said. “That is why I wanted to get this job. I helped raise a lot of youngins and even got to help raise their youngins.”

One of Dyess’ most memorable moments was getting to watch his nephew be on the state championship baseball team.

“I just love to see the kids grow up,” Dyess said. “Making those relationships with the kids is always important to me.”

For the person that is taking Dyess’ place, he has some advice.

“Just do the best that you can,” Dyess said. “And please take care of the kids.”

In his retirement, he plans to car run for different car dealerships in Andalusia.

“I just don’t think I can stay in the house for too long,” Dyess said. “Several people have told me that they don’t want me to retire, but they have known about my back problems. So, they are understanding.”

Andalusia City Schools transportation director Kim Thompson said Dyess will be greatly missed.

“He has always been so sweet and giving,” Thompson said. “Even today, he went to different families and took them flowers telling them that he loved their children. He will be greatly missed.”