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Administrators hope their feet won’t get sore as they fill another person’s shoes on Wednesday, May 20.

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District has been selected to participate in the state CSEA ACE (Appreciating Classified Employees) Program.

The program is designed as an innovative way to celebrate and call attention to the contributions of classified employees. It’s a positive and engaging way to recognize the work of classified employees and promote understanding between District Staff and Administration, according to Joni McDonald, Assistant Director of Human Resources.

Administrators (superintendents, district-level administrators and principals) will have the opportunity to job shadow a classified employee at Santa Maria, Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Delta high schools.

“Our intention is to allow management the opportunity to job shadow with someone at a different site, in a department that is not one that they normally work with—for example, a manager in M&O (Maintenance and Operations) may shadow a Food

Service Worker and an Assistant Principal may shadow a Plumber,’’ McDonald said.

SMJUHSD is one of 10 school districts in the state participating.


NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District is committed to ensuring equal, fair, and meaningful access to employment and education services. The SMJUHSD does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis and/or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics of age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, ethnic group identifications, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital, family or parental status, medical condition, military or veteran status, nationality, national origin, immigration status, political affiliation, pregnancy and related conditions, race, religion, retaliation, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, or any other basis prohibited by California state and federal nondiscrimination laws respectively. Not all bases of discrimination will apply to both education services and employment. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, immediately contact the District’s Discrimination, Equity and Title IX Compliance Officer Mr. Kevin R. Platt at 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93455, (805) 922-4573 or You may request a copy of SMJUHSD’s Uniform Complaint Procedures, Non-Discrimination Policies, Sexual Harassment Policies or click here.