Source: The Ledger Independent
A former Augusta Independent School employee received the Fred Award given by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators.
Kathy Fryman, who retired from her custodian position at AIS in June, received the award during a ceremony Friday. She received a plaque and a $500 prize.
The award is given to one non-administrative staff, student or volunteer "whose daily efforts are deemed extraordinary and integral to a positive learning atmosphere in their school communities," according to KASA.
AIS Superintendent Lisa McCane said the announcement was made Friday morning at the KASA conference.
"It's quite a big deal," she said. "It's very exciting. Kathy has devoted the last 29 years to not just AIS, but students and staff, as well. She has performed her duties, but her important work was caring and helping others anytime they needed it. No one is more deserving, that I've worked with. It's good to see a person recognized who isn't normally in the spotlight."
Fryman said she was honored to have received the award.
"I'm very humbled and so grateful for my Augusta school family," she said. "I am in disbelief as the other two ladies were very deserving as well. It was very unexpected and I am grateful and honored to be a part of the Fred family. I want to thank my family and friends who have supported me through this journey."
Fryman began working for the district in 1988 in the cafeteria and worked part-time as a custodian. Eventually, she left the cafeteria work and became a full-time custodian.
At the end of June she retired after nearly 30 years with the district, so she can spend more time with her family.
In May, after the announcement was made that Fryman had made it to the top three finalists for the award AIS Principal Robin Kelsch said he knew of no one else who deserved the award more than Fryman.
"Kathy is the heart and soul of (AIS)," he said. "She's a perfect example of what someone with a caring heart and positive attitude can do. It's great to see her receive this kind of recognition. I don't know anyone who deserves it more."