At its annual fall meeting on Nov. 10, MAPS Buildings & Grounds Supervisor Dale Bergman was presented with the Support Staff Person of the Year award by the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance.
The Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance was created to meet the unique needs of rural schools throughout the state. The Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance is supported by the Wisconsin Cooperative Education Services Agency (CESA) districts, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin System, and rural school districts throughout Wisconsin.
The inaugural award that Bergman received is presented to someone who has demonstrated contributions in one or more of the following areas: 1) provides outstanding service that supports students, staff, parents or facilities; 2) fosters cooperative relationships with colleagues, parents and the community; 3) understands and assists with the individual needs of their constituents; and, 4) demonstrates a thorough knowledge of skills and expertise required to effectively perform their job responsibilities.
In a letter of nomination written by Dr. John Sample, the superintendent of the Merrill Area Public School District, Dr. Sample wrote of Bergman being not only an exceptional leader, but also a quality role model to his staff and others.
“Dale is that person who ‘gets it.’ He understands the role his department has on student achievement. He knows that he and his staff contribute greatly to the culture and climate of our school district. He gathers information from our leadership team meetings in order to take his staff to a higher level of performance. He communicates effectively as he understands this is a key factor for any successful team. Dale possesses the quality and skill to which every employee should aspire to achieve.”