A former school janitor has been honored in Kentucky by the state’s attorney general, as well as teachers and students, for his generosity. Alvin Randlett was a 32-year employee of the Covington Independent School District and after he died in 2015, he left over $175,000 to the Office of the Attorney General's Child Victims' Trust Fund.
How did he save that much money? According to the Cincinnati Enquirer he never touched a dime of his pension. He walked everywhere because he never "wasted money" on a car. He began in 1969 at $1.60 an hour. His annual salary in 1976 was about $7,000 making $3.70 hour. At the time of his retirement in 2001 he was making $16.35 an hour so about $34,000 a year. Obviously he had to pay about 5 grand in federal tax on that plus another $1500 in Kentucky income tax. Plus another $2600 in FICA tax. So he was down to 25 grand before he paid for insurance, food, and other costs. But when he retired he was paid almost a years salary for the 300 sick days that he never took!
His donation will help protect kids from abuse, which was an important cause to Randlett. A letter from his estate explains that when he realized the unfortunate circumstances a lot of the students he served were dealing with, he developed a passion for protecting them.
“How amazing is that example of pure selflessness and generosity, putting others before yourself,” says Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. “Mr. Randlett’s act allows the Child Victims’ Trust Fund to protect more Kentucky children from abuse and make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of Kentuckians for years to come.