Two San Bernardino County Classified School Employees of the Year Hail From YCJUSD

By on April 20, 2019

Congratulations to Patrick Heeney and Jenny Morton with the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District (YCJUSD)! Heeney and Morton were recently honored by the San Bernardino County (SBC) Board of Education as two of the six SBC 2019 Classified School Employees of the Year.

The six award recipients represent approximately 18,000 classified workers across the SBC’s 33 school districts and 540 schools. A recognition ceremony for the honorees was held on April 2 at the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools’ Dorothy Inghram Learning Center.

“It’s a pleasure to be able recognize these outstanding classified school employees who truly make our schools better places for students and staff,” SBC Superintendent Ted Alejandre said. “I am proud that each year the County Board of Education honor these individuals who help transform lives through education.”

Heeney has been employed by YCJUSD for five years and has been recognized in the county’s category of Maintenance, Operations and Facilities. District Maintenance Manager Doug Savage wrote in Heeney’s nomination that, “Most people would find this job overwhelming and be tempted to give up, but not Sean. … His philosophy is to always do things correctly the first time.” Savage also note that he values Heeney’s expertise on irrigation systems which are difficult for one person to master at so many sites.

Wildwood Elementary School Principal Susan Prady nominated Morton in the category of Child Nutrition. Morton has been a YCJUSD employee for 14 years and for the past three years she has worked as the lead for Child Nutrition Services at Wildwood Elementary. Prady praise Morton’s strong work ethic and flexibility saying, “She has the mentality that this is OUR school, and these are OUR kids, and it’s always about what is in THEIR best interest.”

This is the 11th year the California Department of Education has offered the Classified Employees of the Year program. SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union was a corporate sponsor for the county awards ceremony.

County nominees were submitted by their school districts and selected by a judging panel for the countywide program. The county winners advance to a California Classified Employees of the Year competition to be held later this school year.