Employee Recognition

The more than 1,500 people employed by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools represent our agency’s most valuable asset. The KCSOS Employee Recognition Program was established in an effort to recognize and reward staff for their dedication and contributions to the success of the overall mission of the organization.

The program consists of various components including three annual awards and other ways to recognize and thank employees and peers all year long.

Every year, KCSOS solicits nominations for its annual You Make a Difference Awards, which recognize employees in three categories — Overall Excellence, Innovation in Education and Distinguished Service.

Final selections are made by a committee consisting of office employees who select the honorees based on their “dedication and contributions to the success of the overall mission of the organization.”

Nominations for the 2020 awards are now open. Nominations will be accepted until August 28, 2020. All awards can be made by employees (peer or supervisors), as well as students and community partners. You may nominate by clicking on the buttons to the right for questions contact Cherie Payne 636-4657.

Larry E. Reider Excellence Award

This award honors a KCSOS employee who has shown continued excellence in service to the organization.

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Innovation in Education Award

This award recognizes a KCSOS employee who has designed and implemented a significant innovation.

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Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes a KCSOS employee who, for a variety of possible reasons, has exemplified what it means to be a great Kern County Superintendent of Schools employee.

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  • Winners of any of the awards will be ineligible for further nomination of the same award for a period of three years after receiving the award.
  • Nominees who do not win the award remain eligible for nomination in subsequent years. However, they must be re-nominated in subsequent years.
  • Nomination must be well supported by co-workers. Additional support may come from staff, students, visitors or members of the community and professional organizations.

Additional Employee Recognitions