Last week as part of IUSD’s 15th Annual ACE Week, IUSD Board members and administrators shadowed maintenance workers, custodians, para-educators, nutrition service workers 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, which has grown into a week of shadowing classified employees in IUSD, 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 Ira Galasky worked alongside Keri O’Melveny to serve over 550 elementary students their lunches. Eric Sanchez showed Lauren Brooks how he uses a tractor to maintain campus grounds. Additionally, both board members, Sharon Wallis and Paul Bokota worked on different equipment at our Maintenance and Operations warehouse with Stephen Caro and Frank Aguilar. At Irvine High School, Cyril Yu and Robert Gomez, Campus Control Assistant, supervised campus to ensure student and staff safety through the school day. Finally, Superintendent Terry Walker shadowed Prevention and Intervention staff, Maureen Muir at Portola High School.
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.
To view a slideshow of the Board Members, Administrators, and staff who participated in ACE Week, visit: iusd.org/ace-week-2022