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    Juneau's Journal March 15
    Posted on 03/15/2019
    Photo of Superintendent Juneau and Lan Duong in standing next to the boiler.

    Celebrating Classified Employee Appreciation Week

    Remember to recognize and thank classified staff during Classified School Employees Appreciation Week from March 11 -15. Classified staff are at the heart of our school communities. Classified staff support the smooth operation of offices, healthy nutrition, and direct instruction of students, and the safety and maintenance of district buildings and properties across our district.

    Classified staff are near and dear to my own heart. My grandmother was a school cook, my grandfather was a school truancy officer, and I started my education career as an instructional assistant. I know personally the time and care each of our classified staff invests in making great things happen for our students.

    Did you know that Seattle Public Schools currently employs 320 custodial engineers that clean and prepare over 10 million square feet of space for students across our district? As they deliver outstanding services and support the maintenance of our school buildings, they also contribute to important first impressions and the success of the school as a whole. They operate and maintain 180 boilers and countless other pieces of HVAC equipment to ensure our school environments are safe and warm for staff and students.

    A couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Lan Duong, custodial engineer at Montlake Elementary. He maintains the second oldest boiler in the city of Seattle at Montlake. He arrives two hours early to make sure the school is warm and ready for learning.

    Join me in celebrating all of our classified employees who are the backbone of our public education system and often our students’ unsung heroes.

    On Thursday of this week, I spent the day in Olympia with the superintendents of Highline, Spokane, Olympia, and Evergreen public schools advocating for our students, specifically for full funding of special education services. I was so proud to represent Seattle Public Schools at the legislature and will continue to show up and to speak up for our school district and community. Thank you again to Seattle voters for your support in approving the recent levies. Through collective, collaborative effort and with your help, we will continue to move forward, doing what is best for our students and ensure they're prepared for college, career, and community.

    Denise Juneau

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