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American Legion Auxiliary Honors CISD Maintenance Department in Observance of American Education Week


            American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 chose to honor a group of Cleburne ISD employees who keep campuses up and running--and neat and trim--in their annual observance of American Education Week.

            Members of the Maintenance Department were recognized Wednesday afternoon with certificates of appreciation and candy-filled miniature tool boxes by Unit 50 Auxiliary President Nelda Grande and Marty Peters, ALA National Public Relations Committee Chairman.

            “Nothing runs without the Maintenance staff,” Grande said. “This is a dedicated group of people and we are so excited to have this opportunity to express our thanks for all they do.”

“In our previous years in visiting CISD campuses to recognize custodians, child nutrition staff, school secretaries and nurses I have always noticed how neat the grounds were and the obvious care that was given to the facilities,” Peters said. “The work of our maintenance employees allows children to be taught in a safe and healthy environment.”

            “We were thrilled to recognize this hard-working group of individuals for all they do for students, teachers and schools,” Peters said. “We appreciate Lowe’s partnering with us in presenting yard sticks for the ‘yards and yards’ of effort they put in on behalf of the education of our children.”

            Maintenance Director Kurt Benson was pleased to see his staff singled out for their service and their unique role in the education process.

            “Fifty percent of the work orders we receive are filed by our own Maintenance staff,” Benson said. “They are always watching for things that need to be addressed as they are on campuses making a repair, on the mowers or engaged in construction projects. I would put up my team against any group out there. They are dedicated to the job and to our schools. I am very proud of our department.”

            Members of the CISD Maintenance staff include Supervisor Keith Semm, Secretary Susan Sarchet, Stephen Metcalfe, Scott Moore, Mark Pridemore, Kristopher Sandoval, Mitch Wadsworth, Gary Barger, Stan Berkley, Cecil Bird, Allen Day, Austin Earwood, Steven Floyd, Clisty Fowler, Rhonda Nabors, Justin Willis, John Moreno with Willis Booker, Ethan Mitchell, Tommy Thorpe, Gregorio Acevedo, Jose Amaya Martinez, Magdaleno Beltran, Sean Floyd, Brian Mathis, Pablo Hernandez, Timothey Finley, James Smith, Aaron Waldrop, Cody Weekly, Salvador Zapata, Jr. and Perry Gerbine, foreman, making up the Grounds crew. 

            American Education Week was first established in 1921. Distressed that 25 percent of the country's World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the National Education Association and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.

            Co-sponsors include the U.S. Department of Education, National PTA, American Association of School Administrators, National School Boards Association, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, National School Public Relations Association, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Association of Elementary School Principals, and National Association of Secondary School Principals.


American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 chose to recognize members of the Cleburne ISD Maintenance Department in their 2020 observance of American Education Week. Pictured with Auxiliary President Nelda Grande and Marty Peters, National American Legion Auxiliary Public Relations Committee Chairman are Maintenance and Grounds staff members.