Student from Challenger Elementary honored
NUSD Maintenance Dept. honored and student from Challenger Elementary
Posted on 01/17/2019

Maintenance Dept. 
The Nogales Unified School District governing boardroom was packed Monday, Jan. 14, 
2019 as the entire Maintenance Department was honored along with Challenger Elementary School fifth-grader Gregory Kory by Supt. Fernando Parra.

            Parra said that normally it is an individual educator or classified employee who receives the Superintendent Outstanding Award for their hard work, commitment to duties, and for being an excellent employee. However, this time he selected the entire division of 23 workers from Support Services Director Oscar Islas, Jr. to all the men and women who work “so hard, so diligently, so competently” to keep the District functioning.

            “This whole department is critical,” Parra said, citing how the District has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars by having the workers complete projects that other districts contract out for completion.  One example is the rebuilding of the book room at Desert Shadows Middle School, he added.

            What also makes the recognition special right now is that a large number of employees from the Support Services Department are retiring at the end of the school year, Parra noted. This includes Gabriel Martinez, shipping and receiving technician with 23 years of experience; Miguel Martinez, maintenance worker with 31 years; Jesus R. Sandoval, maintenance worker with 28 years; and Anna Maria Velasquez, warehouse specialist with 30 years.  Those retiring with positions at school sites are Arturo Alondo, head custodian at Lincoln Elementary School with 30 years and Jose Luis Encinas, custodian at Nogales High School, with 25 years.

            The governing board approved the retirements of the Maintenance Dept. workers and custodians later in the meeting after offering words of appreciation for the decades of service provided and their loyalty to the District.

            Fifth grader Gregory Kory was recognized not only for his outstanding academic performance, but also for personal qualities of leadership, kindness, and respect, Parra said.  Kory is the student body president and was overwhelming selected by the Challenger teachers as deserving of the recognition by the governing board, Parra added.   His family including parents Gregory and Nicole Kory and baby sister Luna were joined by Grandfather Gregory Kory – who pointed out there were three generations of Gregory Kory’s present in accepting the award certificate.