Behind the Scenes, But Not Forgotten: Schools Recognize Custodian of the Year

April 6, 2014

It's often a thankless job, done behind the scenes.

However school custodians keep the lights on, the heat running and the entire building safe. And Building and Grounds Supervisor/Safety Coordinator Jeremiah Johnson is making sure that the job does not stay thankless.

This year, Frank Bieniewski, who works at Mill Valley, was given the honor of Custodian of the Year, an award that is fairly new in the district.

"We have our Compass Award winners and I wasn't sure we wanted to go that route," Johnson said. "However, I know the hard work that these people do is unseen to many, and it's vital to the operation and safety of the school."

Bienewski was chosen among 40 custodians throughout the district, who also helped develop the criteria for the award last year. His involvement in improving the school over the past year meant that Mill Valley led the district in energy cost avoidance at nearly 44 percent, and in the amount of jobs that were completed.

"He's been extremely dependable, and handy to the point that many of the things we would normally have to hire an outside contractor to do he handled himself," Johnson explained.

Bienewski was also the first custodian to voluntarily participate in a school safety team, which regularly inspects the building for security issues. He was nominated by his principal, teachers, custodians, and aides in a district that he has worked for since 1980.

Community Watch

» Muskego gets a $500,000 state grant for Parkland Mall redevelopment Updated:  7/26

» New Berlin West baseball team exceeded expectations 7/25

» 2016 Waukesha County Fair coverage 7/22

» Social media story on the storms rolling through Milwaukee area 7/21

» Resources available to Waukesha County residents during extreme heat 7/21

» Muskego mixed-use project gets $500,000 state grant 7/20

» Initial Reaction Podcast: Wisconsin Badgers football, WIFCA All-Star game 7/20

» Time lapse: A tour of Big Muskego Lake shows hope, beauty reign in giant wetland 7/18

» #BestSummerEverNOW: Share your 2016 summer photos of you in the Milwaukee suburbs Updated:  7/18

» Live coverage: 2016 WIAA Summer Baseball Sectional Round Updated:  7/18

» NOW's user submitted stories, photos will be discontinued in early August 7/18

» New Berlin West baseball team drops heartbreaker to Greendale in regional final 7/17

» New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team falls to Cudahy in WIAA regional 7/17

» Muskego child enticement hearing for former West Bend official delayed Updated:  7/12

» Initial Reaction Podcast: WIAA state summer baseball tournament preview Updated:  7/12

» New Berlin bicyclist killed in collision with semitrailer truck in Pewaukee 7/12

» Questions must be answered before Muskego Youth Football can use park 7/11

» Muskego soccer parents, Kurth Park neighbors might be on same side 7/11

» Police ask charges against Muskego man suspected of embezzlement 7/11

» Dog park idea takes step backward in Muskego 7/11

» New Berlin Eisenhower baseball team wins twice in Woodland Conference tournament 7/10

» New Berlin West baseball wins Woodland Conference tournament 7/8

» Initial Reaction Podcast: JR talks Olympic Trials with two local track athletes 7/7

» Greenfield's Bella Matthias repeats as NOW Newspapers' 2016 All-Suburban Softball Player of the Year 7/6

» Local lake districts, statewide programs persist in battle against invasive species Updated:  7/5

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Waukesha County Fair

 

The 2016 Waukesha County Fair saw rain, scorching temps and tropical humidity throughout its five-day run. Check out our stories, photos and video from the fair, including coverage of the new pig, duck and goat races, the 50th annual Fairest of the Fair contest, as well as a ranking of the top food items.

Best Summer Ever

 

We've made it easy for you to get out and go this summer. From hitting the trails for a bike ride or walk, to where to find beer gardens in the area, to the best places to swim in Waukesha County to the best summer drinks and summer reads, check out our 2016 summer guide.

Advertisement

Advertisement

CONNECT    

Advertisement