Thank You, Custodians! PCPS Recognizes National Custodial Workers Day

Thank You, Custodians! PCPS Recognizes National Custodial Workers Day

Custodial Workers Recognition Day

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: