SARASOTA, May 6, 2016 — Each year, the Sarasota County School District celebrates the professionalism and work ethic of its employees by selecting an annual School-Related Employee of the Year. The tradition will continue for the 27th year at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 11, at Michael’s on East in Sarasota. School Board Chairwoman Shirley Brown and Superintendent of Schools Lori White will be among the speakers.
The 2016 honoree will be named from among 49 nominees selected from the approximately 2,100 support staff members who work throughout the district’s schools and departments. All nominees will be honored at the luncheon. (Click here for a list of all 49 honorees.)
After the overall School-Related Employee of the Year is announced at the luncheon, he or she will become a goodwill ambassador for the district for the following 12 months.
As with the district’s Teacher of the Year designation, many worthy support staff members vie for the title of School-Related Employee of the Year. All employees who are not teachers or administrators are eligible to be nominated, including teacher’s aides, clerical workers, bus drivers, food service workers, custodians and groundskeepers, to name a few.
Charlie Brown, the district’s 2015 School-Related Employee of the Year, will be on hand at the luncheon to pass the torch to the 2016 honoree. Brown is a school bus driver.
For the 10th consecutive year, the Lead Sponsor of the School-Related Employee of the Year program is Germain Toyota of Sarasota. As the company has done for the past nine years, Germain Toyota is honoring all district employees through its sponsorship of the program and by providing the district’s School-Related Employee of the Year with the use of a new car for a year.