• Fri. Aug 5th, 2022

Summit’s Kay Duncan Named Bend-La Pine Schools Support Staff Person of the Year

Summit High caretaker Kay Duncan received a surprise awards ceremony outside the school on Monday morning as she was honored as the Bend Schools Support Staff Person of the Year- The Pine.

Bend-La Pine Schools Press Release:

Summit Building Engineer Named Outstanding Support Person of the Year
Kay Duncan received an award in a surprise ceremony on October 4

In a surprise ceremony Monday, Bend-La Pine Schools Superintendent Steven Cook named Kay Duncan, a structural engineer at Summit High School, the district’s Outstanding Support Person of the Year. Duncan worked as a building engineer at Summit for five years and is known for her dedication, willingness to help with anything and everything, and her friendly, humble personality. Mid Oregon Credit Union sponsored the award, and Duncan received $500 to use for his department or school.

“I’m incredibly proud of Kay,” said summit manager Michael McDonald. “She is an absolutely outstanding member of staff who deserves this honour. She has truly been a hero for the safety of all of our students and staff over the past year.”

Duncan received the award in a surprise ceremony attended by staff and students, anyone who wanted to honor Duncan and his commitment to Summit. Band members Summit High played as she exited the building to find dozens of well-wishers cheering her on.

“I don’t like all the attention, but it’s pretty awesome. It’s really nice to be recognized by everyone,” Duncan said after receiving the award.

Duncan was one of six finalist support staff considered for the award, including information analyst Deby Bryson, school nurse Kevin Collins, Sky View Middle School board and program secretary Jeni Earls, Pam French, Nutrition Services Staff at Three Rivers School and La Pine Elementary School. bureau chief Erin Heyl. A committee of six community members reviewed the finalist nominations and selected Duncan as Outstanding Support Person of the Year.