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Employee Recognition Program

Information and Nomination Form - Facilities Department

The Facilities Department's Formal Employee Recognition Program allows employees to nominate fellow employees or teams whose efforts and achievements go "above and beyond" by demonstrating the department's Key Performance Indicators and SPPS Values and by performing significantly beyond what is expected.

Nominations are reviewed and recipients selected by the Recognition Committee. Recipients are sent to the Facilities Department Leadership Team for final approval.

Final recipients are selected annually and recognized at a Facilities Department gathering. Formal certificates of recognition are awarded to all nominees.


Key Performance Indicators:

  1. Customer Service: Proactively provide optimal customer service.
  2. Quality Work: Provide quality products and services the first time, every time, and with efficient use of available resources at greatest value.
  3. Financial Stewardship: Relentlessly pursue the optimal use of funds through rigorous examination and reporting ensuring the highest level of accountability to our taxpayers.
  4. Employee Evaluation and Satisfaction: Empowered, capable, motivated, and valued employees working in teams to create superior support through thorough team training and periodic assessment.
  5. Public Perception: Display a positive, confident, competent demeanor when dealing with the general public. Strives to provide efficient use of resources and customer satisfaction while reducing or eliminating conflicts and disputes.

SPPS Values:

  1. Service Over Self: Measuring success by the success of our students.
  2. Embrace Change: Seeing change as opportunity to learn and grow.
  3. Courage: Doing things right and doing the right thing.
  4. Expect Excellence in All: Having high expectations for self and others that requires the highest quality work.
  5. Love, Learn, Lead: Caring enough to take effective actions and to change outcomes.



You will be asked to do the following when submitting a nomination:

1) Explain why you are nominating this person/team;

2) Provide specific details and/or specific examples illustrating how the nominee/s put forth the extra effort in achieving excellence in the category named.

Please refrain from simply stating that the individual/team "is good at their job," "provides great service," and/or "goes above and beyond." Instead, use specific details, examples, stories, etc. that demonstrate how their actions have exceeded expectations.




Special Covid Awards:  There were multiple winners of the 2020 Year-End Facilities Department Employee Recognition Traveling Trophy (COG Award) recognizing their excellent work during the Covid pandemic! The award winners were announced via a Facilities Department YouTube video awards presentation the week of December 21, 2020. The video was emceed by the Recognition Committee and several of the nominators.

Below are the winners in each category:

Category: Readiness Response
   Amy Ennen, Project Manager
   Angela Vreeland, Indoor Air Quality Coordinator
   Jenna Hernandez, Facilities Department Assistant

Category: Work in the Trenches
   Kevin Martinson, Custodial Engineer
   Natalie Bandy, Environmental Specialist

Category: The Bridge Between
   Matt Babou, Custodial Supervisor
   Chelsea Moody, Environmental Specialist

The Cog Award

Cog Award

The Employee Recognition official “Traveling Trophy”

The term “Cog” was chosen for this special award because it alludes to “a cog in the wheel." In mechanical equipment, a cog operates when "one of the teeth on a wheel or gear, by engaging other teeth, transmits or receives motion." In the Facilities Department, a "cog" is better defined as, "someone who holds a necessary position in a large organization."

The Cog Award ("Traveling Trophy") is presented to the current award winner until the next winner is chosen at which time it “travels” onward.


If you have questions about the employee recognition program, please contact:

Nathan Aadland