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Program History: The Employee Recognition Program was established in 1985 as a way for the Board of Trustees, the Superintendent or designee and co-workers to honor outstanding certificated and classified employees for their service and contributions to the district. Not all employees who are nominated will receive an award. The selection process for all committees at the sites, and at overall districtwide level, is always a difficult and arduous process as all nominated employees are truly outstanding! Regardless of outcome, it is truly considered an honor to be nominated by a peer, coworker or supervisor.
Ceremony Information: The 30th Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony was held on Monday, May 12, 2014 in the theater at Eastside High School. The ceremony began shortly after 4:00 PM. The actual recipients of each site-level Employee of the Year and site-level Teacher of the Year were announced. One Employee and one Teacher, chosen from the site-level groups, were named as the Overall 2014 AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year and the Overall 2014 AVUHSD Teacher of the Year. Announced also were the recipients of Distinguished Service Awards, Special Service Awards, AND Years of Service Awards of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 year benchmarks on stage! All 10 and 15 Years of Service recipients had certificates sent to their sites beforehand, AND were also encouraged to attend the ceremony too!
Special thanks to Schools First Credit Union for their generous donations to award recipients during last year's 30TH ANNUAL 2014 Employee Recognition Program! Gift cards of $100 were awarded to each Site Level Employee of the Year and each Site Level Teacher of the Year, ALONG with $400 gift cards to our Overall Teacher of the Year and Classified of the Year recipients. It was such a nice surprise for our very special 30TH ANNUAL Recognition Ceremony!
Congratulations to all nominees and to all recipients of awards!
We will also recognize the retirees from this school year who advise that they wish to be recognized on stage. If you are retiring by 6/30/14 and wish to be recognized on stage, please email firstname.lastname@example.org AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND ABSOLUTELY NO LATER THAN APRIL 30, 2014 so a brief presentation may be prepared in-advance on your behalf. Send an email to email@example.com and include it is in regards to “RETIREE PRESENTATION”.
Award Categories: There are four different award categories which are described below. Not all employees who are nominated will receive an award. The selection process for all committees at the sites, and at overall districtwide level, is always a difficult and arduous process as all nominated employees are truly outstanding! Regardless of outcome, it is truly considered an honor to be nominated by a peer, coworker or supervisor!
An employee must have at least 10 years of service credit to be eligible to receive a Distinguished Service Award . Various criteria including long term, outstanding contributions to the district, students or profession are required to be nominated. The award may be presented only once to an employee. A special vote is required by the committee present more than a total of 4 awards each year.
Another category is the Special Service Award which may be granted more than once to an employee and do not require a minimum of service years. Criteria to nominate an employee for Special Service Award includes: unusual competence, courage or performance in an emergency situation or under unusual difficulties, and/or original suggestions, developments or major improvements in methods, organization or procedures, or for work on a particular project which resulted in a substantial benefit to the District.
A highlight of the activities, is recognition of the AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year . Employees are nominated at each site. From that group, site level committees select one employee to serve as each Site Classified Employee of the Year. A district level committee comprised of employees from various fields such as clerical, maintenance, food service, computer/technical, and paraprofessionals then selects the overall AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year from the group of site recipients. The AVUHSD Classified Employee of the Year may participate further at the Los Angeles County level. Recipients of the Los Angeles County level award may proceed to State and National levels. Nominate a deserving non-teaching employee who went above and beyond this past school year!
In conjunction with Employee Recognition Activities, the AVUHSD District participates in the Teacher of the Year Program . One teacher is selected from each site as a Site Teacher of the Year. From this group, one is chosen as the overall annual AVUHSD Teacher of the Year. The AVUHSD Teacher of the Year will participate further at the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year Program. Recipients of the Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year award may proceed to State and National levels.
The 2014 NOMINATIONS CLOSED AS OF WEDNESDAY 2/19/14. ALL NOMINATIONS WERE DUE TO YOUR SECRETARY TO PRINCIPAL BY 2 PM WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2014! If you are nominating an employee for a site other than your own, be sure to send the completed form to THAT SCHOOL's Secretary to Principal.
Years of Service Awards: Please read to bottom for ERC Program Criteria for Service Years.
Congratulations to the following for their dedication throughout the years!
Sandra De Anda
Julie Agnew, Janet Coltin, John Donnelly, Debra Earle,James McNaughton, Diane Schrier, Terrence Vernor, Robyn Young
Donald Autrand, John Bacchus, Karen Beeson, Michael Bellavia, Pamela Bettes-Mills, Deborah Duke, Yvonne Heitz, Maria Hogains, Cheri Kreitz, Greg Kreitz, Gilbert Lara, Randy Lintemoot, Michelle Machac, Thomas Mayton, David Otis, Larry Ramirez, Michael Remy, Gary Roberts, James Root, Shane Sveiven, Jeffrey Williams, Robert Wisehart
Gary Allen, Lyndon Boop, Lisa Chapleau, Thomas Chilton, Gail DeGroff, Debra Guyovich, Sean Harper, Thomas Hegre, Ana Higuera, Janet Huffman, Chris Jarrett, Paul Lyon, Cynthia McCarther, Sabrina McClinton, Elizabeth McKinstry, Michael McMillan, Juli Milburn, Bernard Nichter, Mandi Nichter, Judy Remy, Rachel Reyes, Robert Rodriguez, Letha Satterfield, Warren Scherich, Dan Shy, Teri Simpson, Timothy Simpson, Michele Smith-Davis, Sonia Valdez
The District Email was sent to all recipients including those above and for the ten and fifteen year recipients. If you feel your name should or should not be included in the listings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, March 18, 2014!
Service year awards are given as determined appropriate by the Employee Recognition Committee. For service year awards, a full year of service may be granted for paid status of 75% or more of a standard school year. Substitute employment is not counted as ER service credit. Time accrued during inactive status due to unpaid leave, resignation, lay-off or placement on a reemployment list will NOT be counted as service credit for ER. Time worked for another employer is not counted. Employees must be in paid active status 75% of a standard school year at AVUHSD in a regular position to accrue an Employee Recognition Service Year.
Please note, the above criteria cover service year accrual for Employee Recognition Purposes nd do NOT represent placement used for salary, retirement, or any other official district record!
Congratulations to all the outstanding certificated and classified employees at AVUHSD!