Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Two Eudora High School staff members were surprised by announcements by Superintendent of Schools Steve Splichal in a staff meeting today. Josh Aarnes, paraprofessional and athletic trainer, was named the district's 2017 Classified Employee of the Year, and longtime math teacher Bonnie Daigh was honored with the district's Apple Award.
The Classified Employee of the Year award is designed to recognize outstanding classified staff members who exemplify professionalism and dedication to the district's mission and values.
"Classified employees are such a vital part of the success of our district," Splichal said, "and we are proud to honor the contributions they make across our district, every day."
Aarnes' nomination included mention of the hard work and dedication that he puts into his two roles. "He is an outstanding paraprofessional," the nominator wrote, "not to mention a knowledgeable, helpful, friendly athletic trainer. He has a passion for his students, loves the people in Eudora and is a team player. Any outsider who sees Josh wearing EHS regalia must conclude, by his character, that EHS and the Eudora community are filled with sincere, qualified and genuine people who seek personal betterment and the improvement of the youth they serve."
The award was made possible through the support of Jeff Peterson, Edward Jones Investments, who also is a Eudora parent. Aarnes will receive a cash award during the district's annual recognition event on April 29, thanks to Peterson's sponsorship.
Splichal also presented the district's Apple Award, which twice a year honors one employee, in any position, who has demonstrated outstanding service or achievement. Nominations are submitted by any employee in the district and evaluated by a selection committee representing a diverse group of job titles.
Daigh's nomination included reflections on the service she's provided to the district, as well as the enduring relationships she has formed with students and colleagues during her tenure.
"Mrs. Daigh goes above and beyond to help her students and peers," the nominator wrote. "She is generous with her time and always willing to listen, not just to her students who are in need, but to her colleagues. The faculty and staff at EHS are all part of our successful team, but Bonnie stands out as a leader of that team."
In his comments, Splichal said how satisfying it is to recognize the employees who make the schools in Eudora a special place. "Every time we give out an award, there are so many more nominations and deserving candidates. Our district is full of dedicated, hardworking people who truly want what's best for students, families, our schools and our community."