Susan LaCalamito, Second Recipient of the Lakeland Central School District's Mission Essential Recognition Award

We are excited to announce that Susan LaCalamito, a long-time school monitor at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, is the second recipient of the Lakeland Central School District’s Mission Essential Recognition Award.

Board President Denise Kness, Board Vice President Rachelle Nardelli, and Superintendent Dr. George Stone presented LaCalamito with the award in a surprise ceremony held this morning, March 13, at the middle school. Recipients are given a specially developed pin and certificate. All winners will be recognized at the year-end Board of Education meeting in June. Annie Scarola, a Senior Office Assistant in the Pupil Personnel Services Department, was the first honoree in February 2019.

If you have ever been to the district’s middle school, Sue’s smiling face is the first one you typically see upon entering the building. A district employee since 2003, Sue began her time in Lakeland as a school monitor at Thomas Jefferson before taking her current position at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School in February 2009.

In the nominating her, Kim Cardillo said,  “Sue is an exemplary employee that always goes above and beyond her job description to help others or do what is asked of her. You will never hear her say it is too much. She is beyond being a team player. She is highly deserving of this recognition. She is an asset to this district.”

The goal of the Mission Essential Recognition Program, which began in January 2019, is to identify and recognize employees who, in their contributions and service to the District, exemplify the district’s Mission, Core Beliefs and Vision. These individuals are “Mission Essential.”

“We recognize and appreciate that the Lakeland Central School District is rich with talented and dedicated employees. EVERY staff member has an important role, responsibility and stake in the safety, security and success of our students.”

Any district staff member, students and community members can nominate District employees for consideration using the on-line form. A committee of district stakeholders will meet monthly to consider all nominations and select that month’s honoree. Anyone not selected is reconsidered in the next review.