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GCPS honors outstanding head custodians, saluting the work of their teams to keep Gwinnett schools clean and safe

     Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) honored the district’s outstanding custodians at its 33rd Annual Head Custodian Award Ceremony. This event intentionally and formally thanks all GCPS head custodians, and their respective custodial teams, for the diligent and dedicated service they provide during the school year. This year’s recognition was especially important due to the pandemic and the significant role GCPS custodians played in ensuring district facilities were clean, safe, and sanitary throughout the school year.

     Head Custodian of the Year and Exemplary Custodial Care awards are criteria-based awards, with all head custodians and their respective schools eligible to earn the award each year. These awards are, as a rule, presented in tandem, based on the belief and understanding that no head custodian can earn the award single-handedly. It requires a team of dedicated, diligent, and capable custodians to keep schools clean, safe, and sanitary throughout the school year. Likewise, a school’s custodial care program cannot be exemplary without effective leadership from the head custodian. Both elements are required for consistent performance. In all, 131 head custodians and their respective teams earned awards this year.

     J. Alvin Wilbanks, GCPS CEO/Superintendent, says the district’s custodians are unsung heroes. “This year our custodians served as our school’s first line of defense against COVID-19,” Wilbanks said. “They trained extensively, working to follow mitigation protocols from health and safety partners in order to provide a clean and safe environment for students and staff. We thank them for all the hard work they do for our schools, our students, and our staff.”

     The seven weighted criteria evaluated for these awards are as follow. A school must earn a 93% cumulative score in order to be eligible for an award.

  • School Condition – Inspection #1 (40%)
  • School Condition – Inspection #2 (40%)
  • Custodial Staff Development (5%)
  • Custodial Work Schedules (5%)
  • Policy and Procedure Compliance (4%)
  • Custodial Equipment Management (3%)
  • Custodial Supply Management (3%)

Below you will find the schools that won awards for Exemplary Custodial Care, as well as the name of the Head Custodian of the Year honored for that school.

Elementary Schools

Exemplary Custodial Care Award

Head Custodian of the Year Award

Alcova ES

Will Forrest

Alford ES

Tatiana Dontu

Anderson-Livsey ES

Eva Lopez

Annistown ES

Dina Mejia

Arcado ES

Donnie Dellinger

Baggett ES

Tony Rogers

Baldwin ES

Garvey Hibbert

Beaver Ridge ES

Besima Hodzic

Benefield ES

Alina Rotaru

Berkeley Lake ES

Ron Tredway

Bethesda ES

Keith Ruise

Britt ES

Dragica Lukic

Brookwood ES

Sherri Davis

Burnette ES

Mihaela Merisanu

Camp Creek ES

Peggy Arnold

Cedar Hill ES

Ljiljana Baltic

Centerville ES

Ken V. Irish

Chattahoochee ES

Minka Kolenovic

Chesney ES

Xhyla Paloji

Cooper ES

Nina Khokhlan

Corley ES

Mary Gaddis

Craig ES

Rochell Middleton

Dacula ES

Ana Croitor

Duncan Creek ES

Mark Humphrey

Dyer ES

Kendra Sexton

Ferguson ES

Gaby Zinga

Fort Daniel ES

Samira Tahirovic

Freeman’s Mill ES

Vickie Vanderford

Graves ES

Alberto Pineda

Grayson ES

Enesa Wubishet

Gwin Oaks ES

Angela Long

Harbins ES

Johnny Tu

Harmony ES

Brandon Wilson

Head ES

Zumra Omanovic

Hopkins ES

Antoneta Chelaru

Ivy Creek ES

Ramon Munoz

Jackson ES

Clifford R. Hughes

Jenkins ES

Lisa Mosley

Kanoheda ES

Duvan Rojas

Knight ES

Sanja Ramic

Lawrenceville ES

Irma Karadza

Level Creek ES

Valentina Juravschi

Lilburn ES

Luis Ramirez Silva

Lovin ES

Robert F. Carter

Magill ES

Jed Clark

Mason ES

Ramon Abreu

McKendree ES

Mustafa Besic

Meadowcreek ES

Nelia Saye

Minor ES

Rodica Bledea

Mountain Park ES

Jean Lyron

Mulberry ES

Camila Vugdalic

Nesbit ES

Denisa Kiss

Norcross ES

Kendrick Epps

Norton ES

Angelo Rodriguez

Parsons ES

Gabriela Popa

Partee ES

Senad Begic

Patrick ES

Pamela Copeland

Peachtree ES

Enisa Habul

Pharr ES

Emira Tahirovic

Puckett’s Mill ES

Gloria Green

*Riverside ES

N/A

Roberts ES

Claudia Circa

Rock Springs ES

Lynn Butler

Rockbridge ES

Nijaz Hasanovic

Rosebud ES

Karen Branch

Shiloh ES

Chris Moye

Simonton ES

Roberto Paneque

Starling ES

Tim Clark

Stripling ES

Kathleen Forrest

Sugar Hill ES

Estera Kusovschi

Suwanee ES

Ronda Price

Sycamore ES

Carolina Pogreban

Taylor ES

Cornelia Buducea

Walnut Grove ES

Veronica Adem

White Oak ES

Roberto Rodriguez

Winn Holt ES

Carol Back

Woodward Mill ES

Semija Causevic

 

 

Middle Schools

Exemplary Custodial Care Award

Head Custodian of the Year Award

Bay Creek MS

Blanca Valle

Berkmar MS

Yudith Hernandez

Coleman MS

Ana Valle

Couch MS

John Ziegler

Creekland MS

Irina Olaru

Crews MS

Livia Nastai

Dacula MS

Vlad Pop (now at Berkmar HS)

Duluth MS

Dale Tyler

Five Forks MS

Delphin Thomas

Grace Snell MS

Alex Mois

Hull MS

Cornelia Berende

Jones MS

Zejna Mujkic

Jordan MS

Rada Obrenovic

Lanier MS

Normis Garcia

Lilburn MS

Alena Markitan

McConnell MS

Anka Logsdon

Moore MS

Sharon Barfield

North Gwinnett MS

Karen Thompson-Johnston

Northbrook MS

Dora Restrepo

Osborne MS

Buddy Hamilton

Pinckneyville MS

Tim Craven

Radloff MS

Andrei Kusovschi

Richards MS

Dragana Sejdic

Shiloh MS

Earlene C. Murphy

Snellville MS

Svetlana Bantya

Summerour MS

Deckland Brown

Sweetwater MS

Alma Jasarevic

Trickum MS

Joseph Alexander

Twin Rivers MS

Pamela Hall

 

High Schools

Exemplary Custodial Care Award

Head Custodian of the Year Award

Archer HS

Lejla Sehic

*Berkmar HS

N/A

Brookwood HS

David Long

Central Gwinnett HS

Larry Campbell

Dacula HS

Kelly A. Jones

Discovery HS

Clemente Amable

Duluth HS

Samir Abdovic

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Senada Ajanic

Lanier HS

Tim Wilson

Maxwell HS of Technology

Nexhmedin Paloji

McClure Health Science HS

Marivic V. Smith

Mill Creek HS

Sherry D. McKinzie

Mountain View HS

Debra Camp

North Gwinnett HS

Alex DiMola

Parkview HS

Buddy Phillips

Paul Duke STEM HS

Sean Jack

Peachtree Ridge HS

Deborah Hunter

Phoenix HS

Ana Sanchez

Shiloh HS

Jasmin Alagic

South Gwinnett HS

Jose Morel Pena

Special Schools

Exemplary Custodial Care Award

Head Custodian of the Year Award

Buice Center

**Keith Hailey (posthumous)

GIVE Center East

Mariana Ucrainciuc

GIVE Center West

Andre Blake

Gwinnett Online Campus

Gary Evers

Oakland Meadow School

Ana Trifoi

 

* At Riverside Elementary School and Berkmar High School, the current head custodian was not in place during the inspection period so, while the custodial staff earned the Exemplary Custodial Care Award, the head custodian is not named as a Head Custodian of the Year at the school.

**Note that the custodian at the Buice Center was honored posthumously.