Last week as part of IUSD’s 13th Annual ACE Day, IUSD Board members and administrators shadowed custodians, maintenance workers, clerks and other classified employees to learn more about their jobs and responsibilities.
Appreciating Classified Employees (ACE) Day was established in 2007 by the California Schools Employee Association (CSEA). This day was created in order to recognize and celebrate classified employees while building understanding and relationships between administrative and classified staff.
All IUSD Board members participated in this event to show their appreciation and support. President Betty Carroll worked with Erik Jimenez on gardening and irrigation. At the central kitchen Paul Bokota prepared meals with Nutrition Services staff member Laberta Miller. While Lauren Brooks worked in the warehouse with Paul Ramirez. Over at Woodbridge High School, Ira Glasky worked with pool custodian Roberto Florido. Furthermore, Sharon Wallin shadowed foreman John Vandoleweerd. Finally, Superintendent Terry Walker worked maintenance with Oscar Guerrero.
To finish off the week, a lunch event was enjoyed by classified employees, Board Members and Administrators to share with each other what they did and learned from their experiences.
IUSD’s ACE program is the longest running in the state, showcasing the value District staff and administrators place on all employees. This unique program reinforces what IUSD knows and believes, which is that a school district requires the efforts of everyone – classified staff, community members, teachers and administrators to be successful. A healthy school district is built on teamwork. ACE recognizes and encourages this collaborative concept.