School Board Recognizes Classified Employees Week ‘The Heartbeat of Our Schools’

LOS ANGELES (May 8, 2018) -- Today, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted unanimously to recognize District employees for Classified Employees Week. L.A. Unified employs 27,128 classified workers districtwide.

Board President Mόnica García, who co-sponsored the resolution, said, “We know there are dedicated and committed cafeteria workers, bus drivers, building and grounds workers, special education aids, and other classified staff in every corner of our District supporting our students and literacy, learning, and the pathway toward college, career, and life. Thank you.”

Classified workers will be recognized during the week of May 20-27. The California Legislature has designated the third full week of May to honor classified employees, generally non-educators, who play an essential role in the life of every school, and this District.

Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, also a co-sponsor, said, “I am committed to supporting our classified employees who work every single day for all the kids in Los Angeles – from the bus drivers who get them to school every day without fail, to the special education aides who provide daily critical services to our highest-needs students, and the cafeteria workers who make sure that our lowest-income kids still have three meals a day. Our classified employees are valued partners in the day-to-day work of educating our kids, as we continue to fight for the funding we need to provide quality education for all our kids and quality benefits for all our employees.”

Board Member Scott Schmerelson, who also co-sponsored the resolution, said, “We celebrate Classified School Employees Week to remind ourselves of the tireless dedication and daily contributions of our classified employees. They provide the critical support services that keep our schools running smoothly, our children safe and ready to learn. Our classified workers are a foundational part of our experienced and tested L.A. Unified family and deserve our respect and appreciation.”

Board Member Kelly Gonez, a co-sponsor, said, “I am incredibly grateful for the tireless efforts of our classified employees to ensure clean, safe, optimal learning environments for all our students and staff and for their vital roles in promoting student well-being. They truly are the heartbeat of our schools.”

This year’s theme, “The Heartbeat of Our Schools,” was selected by the California School Employees Association, which represents school support staff throughout the state. 

Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, who started her career with the District as a teacher assistant said, “Classified employees are essential to the operation of our District, our schools, and the well-being of students and staff. They deserve this recognition during their special week – and every week.”

Also a co-sponsor, Board Member Dr. George McKenna said, “As a former principal for many, many years, I know first-hand the importance of classified employees at a school. Often the first to arrive and the last to leave the campus, they go above and beyond the responsibilities in their job descriptions. An integral part of the school family, they answer the phones, keep the records, order the supplies; make sure students get breakfast and lunch; beautify inside and out and take care of so many essential needs. In addition to recognizing our classified employees, I also want to say thank you.”

Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez said, “L.A. Unified’s classified school employees truly are, ‘The Heartbeat of our Schools.’ We can count on our classified school employees to keep our schools functional, safe, clean and otherwise conducive to learning. We can count on our classified school employees to transport our students to and from schools, keep our students fed and focused, and provide quality learning facilities. Our classified school employees are integral to fostering a positive learning atmosphere in our schools. We thank our classified school employees for their vital contributions and the spirited presence they bring.”

Board Member Dr. Richard Vladovic said, “The task of educating the children of our District is the equal responsibility of all of our employees, from the bus drivers that get our kids to school, to the cafeteria workers that provide them food, to the aids that provide support to our certificated staff. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation for their role in providing a great quality of education to our students.”


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