Out of more than 800 chapters in California, AVUSD’s chapter was one of ten selected to participate in the ACE Program. In this highly competitive process, nominated chapters are selected on a variety of criteria, including their ability to work together as a chapter and a district to address needs and effectively serve students. Based on these evaluations, CSEA President, Ben Valdepena, personally selects ten chapters to participate in the program.
Administrators and Trustees met with the selected classified employees at 9:30 a.m. at the AVUSD Educational Support Center.school police and other classified employees, to get a first-hand look at the ways they support students every day. Pat Schlosser, Assistant Superintendant of Educational Services, was partnered with AVUSD bus driver, Leilani Winters. “For those families, Leilani is our school district,” Schlosser said. “She is the one, as far as they know, who takes care of them. And she totally does. And you can just see the peace on their faces (when the bus pulls up).”
Donna Davis, President of the AVUSD Board of Trustees, and Kim Asboth, CSEA Chapter 828 President, visited the shadow partners throughout the morning. Davis said that she was impressed with the work ethic and the integrity of the employees she observed. “They work for the kids every day and you can see it in their faces that they are happy to be where they are. What more can you ask for?” she said.
After the job-shadowing, all participants met back at the ESC for a luncheon, catered by the Granite Hills’ Cougar Kitchen and Bakery.