At its May 2017 meeting, the San Diego County Board of Education unanimously passed Resolution 2017-12, declaring May 21 to 27 as Classified School Employee Week. The resolution reads:
WHEREAS classified employees serve the people of San Diego County through their work at the San Diego County Office of Education; and
WHEREAS classified employees assist the San Diego County Office of Education in its commitment to provide quality educational programs and services to the children, youth, and adults of San Diego county; and
WHEREAS classified employees, individually and collectively, set an exemplary standard of performance and commitment; and
WHEREAS classified employees provide knowledge, skills, and expertise that are relied upon throughout the organization; and
WHEREAS classified employees deserve rightful recognition and public celebration of their caring, their deeds, and their incalculable contributions to the children of San Diego County:
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the San Diego County Board of Education and County Superintendent of Schools hereby express their gratitude and commend all classified employees for their service to the San Diego County Office of Education and join the California State Legislature in designating the week of May 21 to 27, 2017 as “Classified School Employee Week.”
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) directly employs nearly 700 classified employees. These "hidden heroes" play key roles in making SDCOE and the county's 42 school districts function on behalf of students.
SDCOE's 2017 Classified Employee of the Year, Christy Chapman, has a passion for helping students who are deaf or hard of hearing understand how and why to use amplification devices. This support breaks down barriers to learning and helps the students excel in class. Chapman has been the audiological technician for SDCOE's East County Special Education Local Plan Area, or SELPA, for 13 years and has worked for SDCOE for more than 15 years.