Polk County Public Schools is celebrating National Custodial Workers Day, to thank the individuals who keep our schools neat and tidy — and help to create welcoming learning environments.
Polk County Public Schools employs over 800 custodians, who maintain our school buildings and grounds.
“Their overall job is to create clean, safe environments that are conducive to student learning,” said Doug Dodgson, director of custodial services.
“That includes everything from cleaning classrooms to making sure our athletic turfs are both aesthetically nice as well as safe for students to use. Our custodial staff performs important work, and we’re thankful for them not just on their designated recognition day, but every day.”
Several of the school district’s custodial workers have been selected as 2018-19 School-Related Employees of the Year. They include:
Diego Acevedo Rivera, Davenport School of the Arts
Gregory Alava, Lawton Chiles Middle Academy
Leann Bellew, North Lakeland Elementary
Tocashamara Bennett, Combee Academy of Design and Engineering
Daniel Carrion, Lincoln Avenue Academy
Phil Cummings, George Jenkins High School
Jorge Hernandez, Lakeland Highlands Middle School
Bruce Johnson, East Area Adult
Gwendolyn Murray, Blake Academy
Felix Nunez, Valleyview Elementary
Maria Tamariz, Winston Academy of Engineering
Raymond Valentin, Garden Grove Elementary
Jose Velazquez, Southwest Middle
Norma Williams, Jere L. Stambaugh Middle School
A gallery of custodial SREs may be viewed here: polkschools.smugmug.com/Employees/18-19CustodialSRE