The Hilliard City School District has hundreds of employees that go above and beyond their job descriptions every day. The dedicated professionals, in our classrooms and in supporting roles, that serve our students create an elite culture and environment. As retired Hilliard Superintendent Roger Nehls consistently shared, “The Hilliard Way starts with people.” What makes Hilliard special isn’t the curriculum, technology, or procedures. What makes Hilliard special is the people – district employees, parents, and students.
From time to time, I have the opportunity to recognize district employees who perform at an elite level. It’s important to highlight to our community those people who continue to raise the bar, to take us to another level. At Convocation in August I had the honor of presenting Superintendent’s Excellence Awards to a number of teachers and classified personnel. At our Board of Education Meeting last Monday I honored two administrators with Superintendent’s Excellence Awards.
Mr. Cliff Hetzel, Director of Business, received this award for his continued dedication and innovative approach to our business operations. Mr. Hetzel has tirelessly led his department through millions of dollars in summer projects – all while being an active member of the planning team for the new middle school. Furthermore, Cliff recently earned his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. This certification, which brings a disciplined, data-driven approach and methodology to any process, adds a new skill set to our leadership team. With his Six Sigma training, Mr. Hetzel will assist our team analysis process and seek new opportunities for efficiency. His service isn’t only applicable to the Business Department. Cliff steps up and contributes to many aspects of our organization. We can’t operate in silos – we must improve efficiencies throughout the district. Cliff makes our team better – his elite performance is a great value to our team.
Mrs. Stacie Raterman, Director of Communication, received this award for her tireless efforts to share the district’s message in an open, honest way. In a role that continues to evolve, with consistent social media demands, Stacie deftly responds to inquiries and actively engages our community with direct, transparent information. She has led the district’s transition to School Messenger and been an advocate for multi-platform publications of district announcements. The district’s communication effort has significantly expanded over the past five years. Stacie has spearheaded our efforts to communicate on multiple platforms and to streamline information so that the district is efficient and effective.
The Hilliard Way starts with people. We will continue to celebrate those in our ranks who make us better and raise the level of performance in our district. Ultimately, when we excel . . . when we perform at elite levels . . . we serve students better. When we serve students better we are able to ensure that each student is truly Ready for Tomorrow.