Three long-time school custodians were recognized recently by the Vermont Department of Education and Vermont School Custodians and Maintenance Association (VSCMA) as Vermont's School Custodians of the Year.
In fall 2008, principals, superintendents, and school board chairs were invited to nominate professional school custodians for consideration of the first 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 a broad range of school, community and business members. Judging was completed anonymously by members of VSCMA and 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. The result was a three-way tie for first place. The judges will honor the three winners at the Annual School Custodians and Maintenance Conference, June 25.
The 2009 Vermont Custodians of the Year recipients are Jim Garrow, head custodian at the Enosburg Falls Middle/High School, Woody La Mountain, custodian for the Rumney Memorial School, and Roni St. Armour, chief of maintenance for the Castleton-Hubbardton School District.
St. Armour started her career at Castleton Schools over 20 years ago. Principal Carole Pickett commended Ms. St. Armour's work.
"Roni has a diligent work ethic, an exceptional understanding of her duties and responsibilities and an all around 'can do' attitude," said Ron Ryan, Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union superintendent. "She exemplifies what this award stands for. We are truly fortunate to have Roni in our district."
As a result of the positive feedback, the VSCMA plans to make this an annual award.