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May 17, 2012

Vermont School Custodian of the Year Announced

One very special long-time school custodian was chosen recently by the Vermont Department of Education and Vermont School Custodians and Maintenance Association (VSCMA) as Vermont’s School Custodian of the Year.

Earlier this year, school officials and administrators were invited to nominate professional school custodians for consideration for the fourth annual Vermont School Custodian of the Year award. In order to qualify, individuals had to exemplify the positive qualities of a hard-working, dedicated member of their school team and must have worked a minimum of five years full-time service in a Vermont school.

Nominations were received from schools across the state from principals, headmasters, superintendents, students, and others. Every nomination attested to the strong commitment and the above and beyond efforts of their school’s custodian.

Judging was completed anonymously by members of the VSCMA and employees of the Vermont Department of Education. Each nomination was reviewed and rated based on the nominee’s strengths, accomplishments and contribution to his or her school team. A clear favorite rose to the top: the 2012 Vermont School Custodian of the Year is Ben Beers, a custodian at Burr and Burton Academy.

Mr. Beers has served the Burr and Burton community for 52 years. Administrators and colleagues at the school enthusiastically participated in the nomination. As faculty and administrators recognize, an outstanding custodian does much more than clean their building. Their description of Ben’s diligence and dedication, as well as his technical expertise, are factors that brought this nomination to the top of the list. As Burr and Burton Headmaster Mark Tashjian wrote, “Ben approaches his work as he approaches his life: with care, energy, great humor, and a devotion borne from his love of Burr and Burton and his love of this community… and he has a can-do spirit that is the envy of us all. He simply never stops”.

Benjamin Franklin Beers, the 2012 Vermont School Custodian of the Year, will be recognized at the 55th Annual School Custodians and Maintenance Conference on June 28, 2012 at Hartford High School. VSCMA President Lyall Smith said “It's our pleasure to recognize the important contributions of our facilities professionals toward the health and safety of our students.” Please join us in thanking Ben Beers for a job VERY well done.

Source: Department of Education
Last Updated at: May 17, 2012 14:08:04