Who are Classified Employees?

Who are Classified Employees?

Classified employees in the Rio School District are represented by the California School Employees Association (CSEA). Along with confidential employees, they perform a wide range of essential work, including: security, food services, office and clerical work, school maintenance and operations, transportation, academic assistance and paraeducator services, library and media assistance, computer services.

Rio’s classified employees are our support staff, they help us run a more than $50 million annually budgeted government agency serving children and families on their journeys to become productive and thriving adult members of the community. Our support staff carry out a wide variety of tasks and take on a wide variety of responsibilities. Many are on the frontline of community interactions such as the folks who help make our offices and departments run smoothly, while others work more behind the scenes to ensure that we provide safe learning environments that are conducive to the 5Cs of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and caring.

As with all our employees, we ask classified employees to engage in the 5Cs as role models of 21st century learning and living. Classified employees embrace this challenge and know that in many cases our community’s children are as connected to them as they are their teachers. Our classified staff know the deep meaning of collaboration and working together. This is where they shine in the sense that they are really the connectors that bring buildings and services together to care for and educate our community’s youth.

Who are classified employees? They are the glue that holds our organization together. They are the long term and short term employees who care to get the details right. They are the people you can depend on daily to do their work tirelessly and humbly. Their work is often not the glamour work. Their work is often the things that need to get done.

This week, Classified Employees Week, we celebrate the many special people who serve children and the organization as classified and confidential employees and we thank them for all they do.

Thank you for your work and for who you are.

John Puglisi, Ph.D.
Superintendent
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