Photo L to R: Riversink Elementary Magic Carpet Award winners Dennis Franklin, Ron Parker, Foreman Charlie Peltier, with Executive Director of Facilities and Maintenance Randy Bristol
Wakulla Middle Most Improved Award
July 3, 2017
While teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and office staff are working at Wakulla County schools each day to educate students and help parents, the unsung heroes of keeping school facilities in top shape are working behind the scenes.
Any educator will say that children’s learning is enhanced in a safe, clean environment. Wakulla schools’ Facilities and Maintenance Department is in constant motion to keep the school facilities running smoothly day-to-day, while assuring that long-term maintenance measures are attended to as well.
Each year Executive Director of Facilities and Maintenance Randy Bristol and his staff select two schools for awards based on inspections by school foremen.
For 2016-2017, Riversink Elementary School won the Magic Carpet Award for the best maintained school. “Foreman Stephen (Charlie) Peltier and his crew do an excellent job not only maintaining our facilities, but also interacting well with students and staff. They go the extra mile to really listen and respond to our maintenance needs,” says Riversink Principal Simeon Nelson.
RES Foreman Peltier accepted the award at the June School Board Meeting along with his colleagues Dennis Franklin and Ron Parker.
The Wakulla Middle School crew earned the Most Improved Award. Foreman Fred Mohrfeld and colleagues Brittany Merrill, Emily Walters, and James Chunn accepted the award at the June School Board Meeting.
“It was especially gratifying for the WMS maintenance staff to earn the Most Improved Award since this was my first year as principal of Wakulla Middle,” says Tolar Griffin. “They stepped up to make sure our school and grounds were kept in great shape so I could concentrate more on the teacher, student, parent, and academic aspects of my job.”
Facility and Maintenance Department secretary Kathy Galloway explains the selection process: “Each school's maintenance foreman does an inspection of every school in the county, inside and out, using an inspection checklist. The school with the most tallies is the winner of the Magic Carpet Award. The school with the most increased number of tallies from the year before receives the Most Improved Award.”
Notes Superintendent Bobby Pearce, “People rarely realize how much work goes into maintaining our facilities. You usually only hear about it when there is a problem. Randy Bristol and his staff take pride in maintaining clean, environmentally friendly schools inside and out. In fact, they are hard at work right now in the heat of summer making sure everything shines for our Open Houses in August. Congratulations to Riversink and Wakulla Middle on these well-deserved awards.”