#IAMSBISD Awards were presented to Transportation and Child Nutrition Services (CNS) staff members for tremendous efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic
The IAMSBISD award is a special designation of honor for employees who go above and beyond in support of one or more of our five Core Values- Every Child, Collective Greatness, Collaborative Spirit, Limitless Curiosity and Moral Compass.
Representatives from the Transportation and CNS departments were honored at the Oct. 19 Board of Trustees meeting for their efforts to serve the SBISD community through the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on students, families and district teachers and staff members.
Trustee Chris Vierra in special remarks said, “Our two groups of honorees this evening are always critically important individuals in the lives of our students as the smiling faces and voices of encouragement our students see at the beginning, middle and end of the day during a normal school year. But this has not been a normal time as SBISD has responded to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“These employees, individually and collectively, have gone far beyond their normal call of duty in support of Every Child,” she added.
The first #IAMSBISD award presentation highlighted the work done by bus drivers, bus assistants and the entire Transportation staff last spring through the reopening of schools this fall.
During the presentation, Transportation Director Sherri Lawson detailed how her team has risen to the challenge of current circumstances. “We have realized that even in a crisis in which you are forced to make changes, they can be for the better. We have found positive ways to work through challenges and rely on each other during these uncertain times.
“Our team members are currently assisting on campuses daily as “Campus Buddies” and have enjoyed being a part of the overall success to ensure our kids and staff members are staying safe,” she said.
Lawson also described her pride as her team jumped into action this past spring, offering their services in any way possible. From driving buses to provide Wi-Fi capabilities to moving furniture and books so students could have an updated, larger area when they returned to campus, the entire Transportation staff has unwaveringly exemplified the core values of SBISD.
Accepting the award on behalf of the SBISD Transportation Department’s 300 employees were Tanganika Bell, James Erisman, Sharon Erisman, Kurt Grimm and Gregory Huse.
#IAMSBISD: Child Nutrition Services (CNS)
The second #IAMSBISD award presentation recognized the immense work done by the entire CNS team to not only ensure meals for students but also serve the needs of staff and the SBISD community.
While addressing the board, CNS Director Chris Kamradt proudly stated, “The CNS team has embraced the core value of Every Child by serving more than a quarter of a million meals – out in the heat and sun and sometimes the rain to our kids, without complaint and always with a smile on their face.
“They also demonstrated Collective Greatness by providing support in the form of water and meals to our Instructional and Technology staff during student packet and device distribution events in addition to coordinating with community partners to distribute adult meals and hand sanitizer to many of our families,” he added.
Accepting the award on behalf of the CNS Department’s 270 employees were Michele Dickson, Michael Francis, Monica Grant, Stephanie Jackson, Liz Lofgren, Lilia Torres and Eddie Zalidivar.
Of the two teams, Trustee Vierra said, “We recognize our CNS workers and our bus drivers and bus assistants for their Herculean efforts last spring, this summer and continuing into this school year to ensure our children who need them have access to healthy Grab & Go Meals and our campuses have extra supports provided by friendly, trusted members of the SBISD family!”