Grayson County Schools was presented the prestigious 2015 Freedom Award, given to a select few employers each year by the Department of Defense for their support of employees who are also members of the National Guard or Reserves.
Representative for the award Paul Bean, U.S. Army Commander Chief Warrant Officer (Ret.), explained to the School Board during Thursday evening’s regular board meeting how they were chosen as the recipient of this honor.
Each year, employees who are members of the Guard or Reserve have the opportunity to nominate their employer for the honor, Bean said. The nominees are then reviewed by the state board and finally at the national level.
Every year 15 employers nationwide in each of three categories are given the Freedom Award for their unrelenting and full support of their Guard and Reserve employees.
Bean said that Grayson County High School Assistant Principal Josh Baldwin, who is also a member of the National Guard, has nominated Grayson County Schools for the award over the past few years, and was notified this year that the school system was chosen as one of the few recipients.
Baldwin was present at the meeting to assist Bean in presenting the award, which was accepted by Superintendent Doug Robinson on behalf of the school system.
“It’s hard to juggle everything,” Baldwin said of his career and the demands of his National Guard service, “but it has never been a problem with the school.”
Baldwin said that when he applied for a job with the school system, he explained to former Superintendent Barry Anderson that he would have to keep his commitments to the Guard, which could require taking lengths of time off of work, and was assured that he would be supported in doing so.
“I want to thank you for all you do for me,” Baldwin told the Board.
Bean encouraged the School Board to “stand tall and be proud because America owes a debt of gratitude to you for your support.”
Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.