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County Board Recognizes Classified Employees of the Year

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SAN BERNARDINO – This year’s five Classified Employees of the Year for schools and districts in San Bernardino County will be honored by the County Board of Education at its meeting on April 1.

The five recipients represent more than 18,500 classified workers across the county’s 33 school districts and more than 530 schools.

“Classified staff are critical to our schools being safe and functional every day so that students have facilities that promote academic achievement,” County Superintendent Gary Thomas said. “I want to be the first to congratulate this year’s recipients for the work they do for their schools and districts.”

This year’s Classified Employees of the Year were nominated by their school districts and selected by a judging panel for the statewide program, which was initiated five years ago. The county winners advance to a California Classified Employees of the Year competition. The state recipients will be announced later in the spring.

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union is a corporate sponsor for the county awards ceremony, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on April 1. The County Board meeting will be held at the San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools’ Brier building, located at 760 E. Brier Drive in San Bernardino.

The county Classified School Employees of the Year, their positions and the schools and/or districts they represent are:

•Franklin Fox, custodian, at Rialto Middle School in the Rialto Unified School District;

•Roberta Huckeba, child nutrition worker, at Chapman Heights Elementary School in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District;

•Debbie Long, clerk, at Chino Hills High School in the Chino Valley Unified School District;

•Gina Loring, library media technician, at Cucamonga Middle School in the Central School District;

•Anita Sida, bilingual aide, at Citrus Elementary School in the Fontana Unified School District;

In the category of Maintenance Operations and Facilities, Fox has spent the past three years at Rialto Middle School and has worked in the district for the past seven years. “Frank is not only an exemplary employee, but most importantly, he has contributed to the success and recognition of Rialto Middle,” wrote Arnie Ayala, principal at the school, in Fox’s nomination. “As our lead custodian, he needs little to no direction when it comes to his responsibilities. Frank has set the bar and will always be the standard.”

For Huckeba, she is the recipient in the category of Child Nutrition. For the past 17 years, she has worked in the Yucaipa-Calimesa district. “Roberta has been a leader in our department for years and a wonderful support for management to educate her peers. I cannot think of a more deserving classified employee than Roberta,” wrote Ann Aguilar, who is the child nutrition director for the district, in the nomination for Huckeba.

In the category of Office and Technical work, Long has been in her position as a clerk at Chino Hills High for the past nine years. “She is able to provide exemplary customer service, and with a smile. She is affectionately known as ‘school mom’ for both students and staff alike,” wrote Principal Jacqueline Perez in her nomination of Long. Added Athletic Director Derek Bub: “Debbie comes to work each day and consistently asks what she can do to help out more in each department.”

For Loring, she was selected as the recipient in the category of Support Services and Security. For the past 18 years, she has worked as a library media technician in the Central School District. Central Superintendent Donna Libutti said Loring is very active in the community of Rancho Cucamonga. “She continually thinks outside the box to seek new ways to support students in all areas including their academic, social and emotional growth and development,” Libutti wrote in her nomination of Loring.

The fifth County Classified Employee of the Year is Sida, who has been a bilingual aide in Fontana for the past 27 years. She was selected in the category of Para-educator and Instructional Assistant. Principal Kevin Tierney of Citrus Elementary said Sida’s insights and experience are valuable assets as a member of the school’s support team. “She takes on a variety of duties with a high level of skill and finesse,” he wrote in Sida’s nomination.

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