Campbellsville middle and high school head custodian David Mardis received the Change Award at the Campbellsville Board of Education meeting on Monday, Feb. 12.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith honors three Change Award winners each month, including a certified and classified employee and a community member.
Mardis received the classified Change Award.
The awards are given based upon six elements, which spell the word Eagles. They include Encouraging and exhibiting Attitudes of Greatness, while Leading with high Expectations to Success.
CMS Principal Zach Lewis wrote, in a letter nominating Mardis for the award, that he displays many characteristics and qualities that embody what changing lives is all about.
“He takes pride in everything that he does, and wants to be sure that anything at Campbellsville middle or high schools is the best it can be,” Lewis wrote.
“Whether it be making sure the steps are blown off at the front of the school every day or speaking to each student who walks through the door every morning, Mr. Mardis is a valued member of the Eagle family.”
Lewis wrote that Mardis truly cares for all students and staff members and makes each person around him better by his attitude, work ethic and the pride he takes in working for CIS.
CHS Principal David Petett also nominated Mardis for the award.
In a nomination letter, Petett wrote that Mardis is one of the unsung heroes contributing to the success at CHS.
“Mr. Mardis has worked tirelessly during his time at CHS to make the building is as clean as any in the state,” Petett wrote. “He arrives early each day with the goal of maintaining an environment that all students can be proud of. Our buildings are older in age, but you would never know if you base your judgment on how clean and well-kept the grounds are.”
Petett wrote that Mardis also builds relationships with CHS staff members and always has a smile and kind word for students.
“This place would not be the same without Mr. Mardis and I am certainly proud to be on his team,” Petett wrote.
Smith, who worked alongside Mardis for 10 years as CHS principal, said, “There is none better to take the pride that he does in our building.
“I miss him. I miss conversations we had in the morning and greeting those kids,” Smith said. “There’s none more deserving than Mr. David Mardis.”
Mardis said it’s an honor to work at Campbellsville Independent Schools.
“It’s great to be on the Eagle side,” he said. “To receive this for a job that you have, for something that you enjoy doing every day, it’s great. Thank you all.”
Mardis has worked for CIS for nearly 20 years.
Campbellsville Independent Schools Superintendent Kirby Smith, at left, honors CMS and CHS head custodian David Mardis with the classified Change Award.