Facilities Services thanks its “lucky stars” during welcome back ceremony

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Houston Independent School District’s Facility Services rolled out the red carpet for employees on Wednesday during a Hollywood-themed Welcome Back event designed to recognize workers for their outstanding performance.

Several hundred Facilities Services employees packed the bleachers of Barnett Fieldhouse to learn about new changes for the coming school year, including the development of new departmental values. Employees received surveys during the event to provide input on the values that are most important to them, as well as feedback on ways to improve the workplace culture and environment.

“Each of you is important,” Facility Services Officer Alisha Jolivette said as she addressed the crowd. “You have an impact on student education.”

As the ceremony continued, employees were given suggestions on how to make behavioral changes that can assist the district in saving money, such as turning off unused electronics and lights. Employees also were reminded of the Employee Incentive Program, which provides financial bonuses to employees with good attendance.

HISD Chief Operations Officer Brian Busby said he wants Facility Services employees to know that their roles don’t go unnoticed, which is why they host the annual Welcome Back event.

“We want our staff to know that we honor them for the excellent service they provide the district — not only today, but every day,” Busby said.

During the event, department managers also expressed their appreciation to employees, who work diligently throughout August to help campuses across the district get ready for the first day of school.

“We want to wish you luck on getting schools opened,” Business Operations Officer Eugene Salazar said. “From the bottom of our hearts, we want to say, ‘Thank you.’”

To cap off the ceremony, awards were distributed to Facilities Services employee standouts.

Share your photos from the ceremony using the hashtag #FSLuckyStars