JAMAICA, VT — After 37 years of service at the Jamaica Village School, Doris "Jean" Brooks was recently named Vermont school custodian of the year by the department of education and the Vermont School Custodians and Maintenance Association
, according to the Brattleboro Reformer.
Brooks was presented with the award at the 53rd Annual School Custodians and Maintenance Conference
, held at Hartford High School on June 24, the article noted.
According to the school''s principal, Laura Hazard, Brooks deserves the honor because of her willingness to go above and beyond the requirements of her job.
When the school''s roof collapsed, Brooks moved the entire collection of books from the library to keep them from getting damaged, the article stated.
According to the article, Wednesday is Brooks'' last official day of work at the school; Hazard said the school has a replacement lined up, but Brooks'' shoes will be hard to fill.
"She''s a part of the school community, and she cares for the school as if it was an extension of her home," Hazard said.
"She will be missed," she added. "Fortunately she lives just 5 minutes away, so I''ll still be able to tap into her expertise as things arise," Hazard added.