State organization lauds recycling program

The Arizona Association of School Business Officials presented its Best Practices Award to Karen Fleetwood for saving money and being kind to the environment.


Karen Fleetwood, operations buyer, and Richard Becerra, Brinton Elementary facilities assistant, help a kindergartner recycle during lunch.

A new program is saving money for Mesa Public Schools, is kind to the environment and has earned an award for a Purchasing Department employee.

Karen Fleetwood, operations buyer, won the Best Practices Award from the Arizona Association of School Business Officials for her pilot recycling program. Fleetwood worked with the city of Mesa to reduce trash collection services during school breaks for a savings of approximately $75,000 per year.

In addition, she implemented a recycling program at 58 schools and 10 district office sites. This has reduced the amount of trash going to the landfill by 2,448 cubic yards each month, for an expected savings of another $31,000 per year.

"We appreciate Karen for her creativity in a project that saves money and helps us to be 'green.' Karen, thank you for a great job and for bringing Earth Day to Mesa Public Schools every day of the year," said Debra Duvall, superintendent.


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