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April is a month during which the ROCORI School District takes time to recognize and honor the work of our support staff.  During this past week, several members of the school staff were recognized for their hard work and dedication within the district.



A few years ago, we implemented a different structure for the support staff awards.  We have organized groups of employees with similar roles or duties for the recognition program.  In order to provide a balanced representation of all employees in the district, the groups may include several different roles, but we believe they are somewhat similar in nature. 

We also develop a schedule to recognize and honor each of the support staff employee groups within the district.  On Monday, April 25, we recognized those serving in Food Service and as part of the Kitchen Staff.  On Tuesday, April 26, we honored those in roles in Maintenance, Custodians and Cleaners.  In conjunction with national Administrative Assistants Day, we used Wednesday, April 27thd to recognize those serving in Clerical and Secretarial roles.  On Thursday, April 28th, we honored our Paraprofessionals and employees in the Health Services.



Tina Orbeck, was chosen as the Maintenance and Custodial Staff Member of Excellence. Tina is a cleaner at the Senior High site.  She was nominated for the way in which she supports her colleagues and the positive way and approach she has as she carries out her role.

Chris Barker, received the recognition in the Food Service group.  Chris has worked in the kitchen at the secondary site and is now the head cook at the site.  Chris has made great progress in her first year as head cook and has helped to continue a long tradition of excellent service in the kitchen!

In the Clerical and Secretarial group, Richmond Elementary Secretary Dana Groetsch was named our Support Staff of Excellence recipient.  Dana has served in several roles in the district but has been secretary for the last several years.  She is often the first point of contact at Richmond Elementary for students, parents, community members and staff. 

In the Paraprofessional and Health Services area, Patty Janssen, was selected for the honor.  Patty has been a long-serving paraprofessional at the Richmond Elementary site.   She is recognized for her energy and enthusiasm with the students, her positive approach, her support for others and her willingness to do anything to assist as needed. 



There is a list of specific criteria used to nominate employees for the awards.  One of the critical criteria is that they cannot hold a certified or licensed position in order to be considered—it truly has to be a support staff role! The criteria for selecting honorees included the following standards:


·The nominee must be a non-licensed educator

·Has a thorough knowledge of work responsibilities, demonstrates safety for self and others, and cultivates respect for resources and facilities.

·Portrays a positive role model for students, staff, and the community.

·Is an exemplary staff member who recognizes students, peers and colleagues as individuals and who shows genuine respect and concern for others.

·Seeks to improve personally and professionally.

·Is making a difference every day in the lives of students, staff, and their community.



Congratulations to each of these employees!  Our recipients will be recognized, not only in our district this spring, but also at a gathering next September organized by Resource Training and Solutions. The regional recognition banquet brings together schools and support staff honorees from across Central Minnesota.