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Employee Recognition


Welcome to the Employee Recognition page!  Please scroll to bottom of page for all information and check back frequently for the latest updates of this year's 2018 program.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your current year's school site ERC representatives or please feel free to send an e-mail to

2018 CEREMONY INFO:   The 34th Annual  Employee Recognition Ceremony will be held on MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM in the theater at  LANCASTER  HIGH  SCHOOL. Open seating for the 90 minute ceremony will begin at 3:45 PM.   To be announced during the ceremony are the actual recipients of awards selected from the nominees for Distinguished Service Award, Special Service Award, Site-Level Classified Employees of the Year Awards and Site-Level Teachers of the Year Awards, along with the 2018 Overall recipient of each.  Service Awards at 5 year benchmarks will be presented to employees with 20 through 35 Years of Service. Retirees who submit a Retiree Form will be recognized as well. 

2018 AWARD NOMINATION FORMS for the FOUR DIFFERENT award categories were available through 2 PM February 14, 2018.  Nominations are closed. Thank you to all who took the time to nominate a deserving colleague with a complete nomination packet!

2018 RETIREE PRESENTATIONS:  If you have retired this school year or will be retiring soon this school year AND would like to be recognized on stage with a presentation during the ceremony with your colleagues, please submit the Retirees Questionnaire (ATTACHED BELOW) no later than 4 PM March 30, 2018.  After you submit a Retirees Form, please contact (661) 948-7655 Ext. 247 to confirm form receipt. Congratulations to all retirees!

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!     


  • An employee must have at least 15* 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.  *Minimum years of service updated by Employee Recognition Committee for 2014/15 year and forward.  
  • 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.
  • 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.

    YEARS OF SERVICE AWARDS:  The 2018 Years of Service Benchmarks are attached below.  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 and do NOT represent placement used for salary, retirement, or any other official district record!   A global email was sent to all AVUHSD employees on 2/22/18 to review the list of 2018 Years of Service recipients. The deadline to respond with any questions for Years of Service is at 2 PM on March 9, 2018.