School Employee of the Year honored

Published 3:14 pm Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hoover City Schools Superintendent Andy Craig presents Brenda Butters with the Employee of the Year plaque. (Reporter photo/Amy Jones)

By AMY JONES / Associate Editor

HOOVER — Hoover City Schools Superintendent Andy Craig knows it takes more than students, teachers and administrators to run a school system.

That’s why Craig honored Gwin Elementary Child Nutrition Program Manager Brenda Butters, the system’s Employee of the Year, at the Hoover Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Nov. 15.

The Employee of the Year is chosen from the school system’s support staff.

“We don’t often get the chance to recognize folks who are the unsung heroes in our school system,” Craig said.

When Craig brought Butters to the front, he brought laughter to the room by asking, “With a name like that, how could you not end up working in a school lunchroom?”

He said Butters oversees the preparation of thousands of meals per week while working under increasingly detailed federal guidelines.

“That means no more French fries,” he said, smiling.

Butters said she has been blessed with constant support from school system officials.

“The people that I work for have always been very positive with me and very complimentary of my efforts,” she said. “I hope whoever you work for, you feel this way also.”

Craig also honored two other finalists for the Employee of the Year award, including Theresa Mareno, the front desk supervisor at Spain Park High School, and Cathy Burnett, a route supervisor for the transportation operations department.