CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Kimberly Speir, a custodian at Fountain Primary School in Mineral County, was honored Wednesday by the West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) as the 2016 School Service Personnel Employee of the Year.
A 14-year school veteran, Speir is known for being hardworking, reliable and often goes above and beyond for her school and students. Speir works to develop and reward students for sound character traits and uses her own money to purchase coats, gloves, hats and food for students in need. From a field of 29 nominees from county schools and worksites, Speir was unanimously selected to receive the State Service Personnel Employee of the Year award.
"School service personnel are the backbone of our schools," said WVBE President Mike Green. "We are proud to present this honor annually to the employees whose contributions help our students every day.”
Thanks to Speir’s hard work, Fountain Primary School is known for its “sparkling” condition, especially considering the well-kept wood floors in the original part of the 1948 reconstructed school.
“I am very grateful Kim works with us because she is a tremendous asset to our staff, students, school, families and community,” said Roberta Unger, principal at Fountain Primary School. “She is the children's confidant and knows all of their names. To the students, it is an honor to be one of Kim's helpers as she always keeps the school in excellent condition.”
Speir attends all school board meetings in her county and is a custodial representative for the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association. She is also a representative for the Mineral County School Service Personnel, serving on the development committee, safety team and crisis team. She is a former member of the Local School Improvement Council.
The WVBE established the annual award program in 2010 to recognize outstanding school service personnel employees including aides, bus drivers, cooks, custodians, maintenance workers, office workers and other school service personnel who best exemplify the qualities of an outstanding employee.
The West Virginia School Service Personnel Association supports this recognition and provides a $500 financial gift to the winner each year.
For more information, contact Kristin Anderson at the West Virginia Department of Education Communications Office at (304) 558-2699 or firstname.lastname@example.org.