Today is the last day of Education Support Professionals Week.
Superintendent Patrick Murphy read a proclamation during the February 25 Olympia School Board meeting recognizing March 11-15, 2019 as Education Support Professionals Week. He also presented copies of the proclamation to the following members of the district’s employee bargaining units:
- Cindy Davidson and Denise Pigue, Olympia Paraeducator Association (OPA)
- Mimi Peradatto, Olympia Educational Administrative Professional Association (OEAPA)
- Mel Smith, Olympia Education Association – Activities and Athletics Association (OEA-AAA)
- Julie Voorhees, Olympia Technical Professional Administrative Association (OTPAA)
- Rick Englehart, Teamsters
More than 800 education support professionals work with and help children throughout our district. They are involved in nearly every aspect of education, including maintaining school buildings and school grounds; providing administrative support; preparing and serving meals; providing safe transportation; keeping school facilities clean; assisting in the classroom; providing a secure environment; providing information technology and media services; and offering other specialized services.
The resolution states in part that “education support professionals are instrumental in fulfilling the state’s responsibility to educate all students.” The one-page resolution, which will be posted in every school and support building from March 11-15, also states that by supporting the learning environment, “education support professionals are crucial partners with teachers, parents, administrators and school boards.”