SCC receives recognition for serviceman supportSt. Croix Central High School was recognized as an employer that supports guardsmen or reservists, by the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of Guard and Reserves.
By: Gretta Stark, New Richmond News
St. Croix Central High School was recognized as an employer that supports guardsmen or reservists, by the Wisconsin Committee for Employer Support of Guard and Reserves.
Eric Fisher, Air Force member and special education paraprofessional at the high school, nominated the school for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Freedom Award, because of the support he’s received when he’s been called to perform military duty.
“The Freedom Award is the highest level of employer recognition given by the United States government for supporting employees who also serve in the Armed Forces,” according to ESGR Executive Director Tim Flatley. “This award is presented each year to only 15 employers nationally and was created to publicly recognize those who provide exemplary support.”
Of the more than 7,000 employers of Guardsmen or Reservists throughout Wisconsin, St. Croix Central High School was one of 106 employers nominated for the award.
Although the school was nominated for the award, it was not selected as one of the top finalists.
“We are nonetheless extremely proud to count you among Wisconsin’s finest employers for the significant contributions and sacrifices you make as an employer of National Guardsmen and Reservists,” said Flatley in a letter to the district.
Flatley said the ESGR understand that accommodating individual’s military service comes at an expense whether in dollars, workforce challenges or both.
“Understand we appreciate your sacrifices and thank you for standing by your military employees,” he wrote.
The school received a certificate recognizing it as a 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award Nominee. The certificate will be on display at the school.
In response to the nomination, District Administrator David Bradley said, “We are so happy to have Eric (Fisher) as an employee and are very pleased to have one of our staff members represent our country through multiple tours of duties overseas. We look forward to having Eric back in the building this fall helping our students and staff.”