CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to establish an annual awards program that recognizes outstanding school service personnel employees. Each year the program will honor one person, chosen from aides, bus drivers, cooks, custodians, maintenance workers, office workers and other school service personnel, for his or her contribution to the school and community.
“School service personnel are an important part of any school family,” said state Board of Education President Priscilla Haden. “We are proud to honor them for their many contributions that help our students in many ways every day.”
The program is designed to work similarly to the state’s Teacher of the Year program, which honors classroom teacher who inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn, have the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues and play an active and useful role in the community as well as in the school.
Every county will select a local winner, whose application will be forwarded to the state Department of Education for consideration as the statewide winner. The finalists will be invited to a state board meeting, where the winner’s name will be announced. Names of county winners along with a completed nomination packet must be received by the Department of Education by May 1 to be considered by the selection committee, which may include representatives from the state board, the state department, education unions, principals and parents. Future award committees also can include former School Service Personnel Employees of the Year winners.
Applications can be accessed at http://wvde.state.wv.us/hr/. Mail completed applications to Coordinator, WVBE School Service Personnel EOY Program, West Virginia Department of Education, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Building 6, Room 264, Charleston, WV 25305-0330.
For more information, contact Keith Burdette, director of the Office of Human Resources at (304) 558-2702, or the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.
--The West Virginia Board of Education and the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) are committed to ensuring all students in the state are college and career ready when they graduate from a public school. What West Virginia students are learning in school exceeds national and international standards. Through the WVDE’s 21st century learning plan called “Global21: Students deserve it. The world demands it.,” West Virginia is seeing better student performance on the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST2); the SAT and the ACT college entrance exams; the job skills assessment called Work Keys given to career and technical education students; and in a high school graduation rate that exceeds the national average.
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