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2012 Classified School Employee of the Year

Letter Head: Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, California Department of Education

December 6, 2011

Dear County and District Superintendents, and Charter School Administrators:


I am pleased to invite each County Office of Education (COE) to participate in the 2012 Classified School Employee of the Year (CSEY) Program. The CSEY Program highlights the contributions of classified school employees who support the education of California’s public school students in preschool through grade twelve.

The program's goals are to identify six exemplary classified school employees throughout California for the 2012 CSEY award. The 2012 CSEY Program will identify and honor classified employees working in the following categories: Child Nutrition; Maintenance, Operations, and Facilities; Office and Technical; Para-Educator and Instructional Assistance; Support Services and Security; and Transportation.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for the 2012 CSEY Program is limited to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Current employee in a California public school including charter schools, district offices, or COEs

  • Rank and file employee, not in a management or supervisory position

  • Minimum of five years of service in category

County Selection Process

Each COE is encouraged to submit one candidate in each of the six categories for consideration by the state selection committee. COEs identify their nominees through a local selection process determined by each COE. The California Department of Education (CDE) encourages COEs to collaborate with employee organizations and school districts in the local selection process. The CDE encourages participation in the CSEY Program by all counties; however, COE participation is on a voluntary basis.

Nominations for the CSEY Program can only be submitted by a COE. Nominations will not be accepted directly from schools, school districts, or other organizational entities. Applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 12, 2012. Application and nomination forms are available online at

Statewide Selection Process

The CDE will convene a selection committee to evaluate the nominations. I will announce the recipients of the CSEY Awards during the month of April. There will be one awardee in each of the six categories. The six awardees will be honored at a luncheon in Sacramento during Classified School Employee Week, May 14–18, 2012.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Cynthia Henninger, Education Programs Assistant, Superintendent’s Initiatives Office, at 916-319-0800 or by e-mail at


Tom Torlakson


cc: CSEY County Coordinators

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