CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Sharon Wilson of Clovis is the 2007 recipient of a Ben Lujan Award for public school maintenance.
By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer
Sharon Wilson thought an Albuquerque trip last week was part of a workshop for public school maintenance workers.
Instead, Wilson was surprised to learn she was the recipient of a Ben Lujan award, which is given to a handful of maintenance workers in the state’s 98 school districts.
“On the way back, I didn’t think my legs would take me back to the table because I was really blown away,” said Wilson said about being called to the stage to receive the award.
Wilson, 54, is the office manager of the Clovis Municipal School District’s Operations Department.
“She does everything, she’s awesome, that’s why I nominated her,” said Clovis Municipal Schools Maintenance supervisor Dan Bildilli, who nominated Wilson for an individual Ben Lujan award.
The award is named after state House Speaker Rep. Ben Lujan.
Bildilli and Department Director Gene Beiker also earned Lujan awards. The school district won one of the 12 district maintenance awards.
“Our custodial people are a key part of that, in maintaining our buildings, in making them look good and keeping them clean for the kids, day to day,” Beiker said.
Texico School District’s Maintenance specialist Deborah Autrey also received an individual award.
Wilson has worked for the school district for six years.
“There’s no two days alike in the maintenance department,” she said. “They’re rewarding and challenging, which makes my life great.”
Calls vary from fixing plumbing and electrical systems to removing birds nesting in the vents of the district’s school buildings, she said. And her duties include coordinating the 28 maintenance personnel for the district’s 21 locations to fix those issues, according to Bildilli.
“I just hope that the guys are appreciated for what they do everyday,” Wilson said. “They’re trying to serve each and every work order as soon as they get it … and I feel like they do the greatest job in the world.”
Before working in the operations department in maintenance, Wilson worked in the department’s food service and purchasing divisions.
Wilson grew up in Clovis and graduated from Clovis High in 1971. She moved to Georgia in 1987 where she worked for carpet manufacturer Shaw Industries and later for Home Depot. She returned to Clovis in 2001.
“I’ve lived in small cities, big cities and Clovis is home,” she said. “The people here are just great. I work with the greatest group of people that I’ve ever worked with.”
Wilson’s duties also include managing work orders for the different schools, employee hours and maintaining the office, according to Bildilli.
“She excels in everything she does,” he said.