BY CNJ Staff
The Clovis Municipal School District is a recipient of a state award that honors school maintenance departments. Also honored is an employee of their maintenance department.
The Clovis district is among 15 of 89 in New Mexico selected to receive the 2006 Ben Lujan Maintenance Achievement Award, according to Les Martinez of the New Public Schools Facilities Authority, an arm of the state in its second year of distributing the awards.
Selected to receive the individual 2006 Ben Lujan Maintenance Achievement Award is Robert Fields, a plumber in the district’s maintenance department. Fields is one of 12 in the state selected to receive the award, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release.
“We are extremely proud of our maintenance department,” Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said via the release.
Of Fields, Clovis School Director of Operations Gene Bieker said, “Robert, like many of our employees, will do whatever needs to be done to keep our schools operating for our kids.”
Fields has been employed with the district for 14 years, according to the release.
The awards are named after Speaker of the House, Rep. Ben Lujan, D-Santa Fe, a supporter of New Mexico schools.
“These (maintenance) folks have been kept in the dark like mushrooms. We are trying to bring them into the light,” Martinez said.
“They provide a clean, safe environment for kids in New Mexico… They are often the first to come into a building in the morning and the last to leave,” he said.
Selection of award recipients is based on use and proficiency with new software called the Facility Information Management System. The system is designed to track maintenance expenditures within school districts, according to Martinez.
Achievement awards will be presented during a luncheon Nov. 15 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid.