The Greenbrier County Board of Education applauded the county’s School Service Employee of the Year, Debbie Fogus, during Time Out for Applause at the September board meeting. Fogus is in her 30th year of service as School Secretary at White Sulphur Springs Elementary School (WSSE).
“Debbie Fogus demonstrates each and every day what it means to go above and beyond the call of duty. She is loved and respected by students, parents, staff and her community and is known for her professionalism, compassion, work ethic, and positive attitude. Debbie serves the school and its students with unwavering love and dedication. It is our privilege to have her in our school system and to honor her in such a special way,” states Superintendent Jeff Bryant.
In supporting her nomination, WSSE Parent Volunteer Coordinator April Copenhavor described Fogus as, “a very kindhearted person who thinks of others before herself. She is like a second mother to the students at the school, going above and beyond to help them and their families in so many ways. She brings out the best in others and truly deserves this recognition for all that she does.”
The West Virginia Board of Education School Service Employee of the Year Program recognizes outstanding education support personnel for their contributions to their schools and communities. The program honors individuals who have demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of their jobs, thereby earning them the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, coworkers, and parents.
Sept. 25 was West Virginia School Service Employee Day (WVSSED) as proclaimed by Governor Jim Justice. In recognition of the occasion, School Board President Jeanie Wyatt and Superintendent Bryant visited each school facility to present WVSSED Proclamations and expressions of gratitude to Greenbrier County’s 297 education support personnel.
“The functions of our service employees are critical to the daily operations of the school system and we are blessed to have the best school service team in the state. We simply couldn’t do it without them,” concluded Superintendent Bryant.