School Service Personnel Employee of the Year Named

July 11, 2012

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Debra Martin, a school secretary in Putnam County, was honored by the West Virginia Board of Education for being named the 2012 West Virginia Board of Education School Service Personnel Employee of the Year.

Martin is the only full-time secretary at Buffalo High School and serves as the receptionist, financial secretary and administrative assistant. In her nomination, Principal Richard Grim described Martin as an exemplary employee who is exceptionally well organized and enthusiastic.

 “Mrs. Martin has the respect of the staff and students and works to continually improve the culture of the school,” Grim said.

Martin continues her education by participating in technology training programs provided in the county and completing courses at the Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College. Her colleagues say she is a tireless volunteer for school activities, heads numerous community service projects, and serves as the youth director at Cross Creek Community Church.

The West Virginia Board of Education established the annual awards program to recognize outstanding school service personnel employees. Each year the program honors 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 Wade Linger. “We are proud to honor them for their many contributions that help our students in many ways every day.”   

The recognition program is designed to work similarly to the state’s Teacher of the Year program, which honors classroom teachers 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.


Martin was chosen to receive the award from county school service personnel employees of the year. Richard Bussard, Jr., chief mechanic in the Jefferson County Schools Transportation Department, was selected as the runner-up.

For more information, contact Keith Burdette, director of the Office of Human Resources at (304) 558-2702, or the Office of Communication at (304) 558-2699 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting.