John Cosato, who has served as a custodian for 26 years before retiring this month, was recognized for his devoted service by the Lucerne Valley Unified School District during the Thursday, June 9th meeting of the Board of Trustees. Superintendent Peter Livingston presented the award with personal acknowledgements by LVUSD Chief Business Official Douglas Beaton and members of the board.
Working the district office on Aliento Road near Highway 18 in the evenings, John has regularly engaged in friendly conversation with district staff. That chit-chat will be missed by all. “You’re always going to be here with us,” said Mr. Beaton. “We’re going to miss you.”
John’s wife, Debbie Cosato, retired as the Middle High School’s lead custodian after a quarter century of dedicated service in 2019.
During the day, Mr. Cosato is the proprietor of Lucerne Valley Barber Shop on Old Woman Springs Road, where he cuts hair while sharing a friendly conversation with his regulars. When asked what he’s going to be doing with his newfound spare time, John said, “I’m going to stay at home, watch boxing, fighting, gun shows and ‘Mountain Men.’”
From left, Superintendent Peter Livingston, school board members Tom Courtney and Chelsea LaGrange, John Cosato, board clerk Jason Hansen and board member Jim Harvey. Photo by Douglas Beaton