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2014 Classified School Employee letter

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

December 11, 2013

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

2014 Classified School Employee of the Year Program

I am pleased to invite each County Office of Education (COE) to participate in the 2014 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 (6) exemplary classified school employees throughout California for the CSEY award. The 2014 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 2014 CSEY Program is limited to candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • Current classified employee in a California public school (preschool through grade twelve) including charter schools, district offices, and COEs

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

  • Minimum of five (5) years of service in nomination category

County Selection Process

Each COE is encouraged to submit one candidate in each of the six (6) categories for consideration by the California Department of Education’s (CDE) selection committee. COEs identify their nominees through a local selection process determined by each COE. The 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 24, 2014. Application and nomination forms are available online at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/cl.

Statewide Selection Process

The CDE will convene a selection committee to evaluate the nominations, and I will announce the recipients of the CSEY Awards in April. There will be one awardee in each of the six (6) categories. The State’s awardees will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Sacramento during Classified School Employee Week, May 19–23, 2014.

If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Patricia McLeod, CSEY Program Coordinator, Superintendent’s Initiatives Office, at 916-319-0555 or by e-mail at pmcleod@cde.ca.gov.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT:pm

cc: CSEY County Coordinators
CSEY Organizational Sponsors

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