State group honors Nash-Rocky Mount maintenance work


Elbert Purvis, second from right, is honored during a recent Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education meeting after being named 2017 North Carolina Maintenance Employee of the Year.


From Contributed Reports

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Elbert Purvis, a maintenance employee for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools, has been named the 2017 North Carolina Maintenance Employee of the Year.

The honor was revealed at the 45th annual Eastern Convention and Workshop of the North Carolina Public School Maintenance Association held in late September. The Maintenance Employee of the Year award was established 30 years ago and is sponsored annually by Saffelle Inc.

Purvis won the prestigious award because he is admired and respected by Nash-Rocky Mount maintenance employees, as his peers were responsible for nominating him for this honor. Purvis sets the bar for others through his work ethic, attitude and positive influence. He demonstrates what it means to be a dedicated employee and leads by example. Even with the extreme, physically demanding hard work that he does day in and day out, Purvis always wears a smile and is willing and ready to help in any way he can.

Superintendent Dr. Shelton Jefferies reflected on Purvis’ award.

“We are proud of Mr. Purvis for this amazing accomplishment. We appreciate his hard work, dedication and passion for what he does. He is a model employee and this award is another confirmation of how much of an asset he is to NRMPS,” Jefferies said.

Purvis was recognized during the November Board of Education Meeting. He is also featured in the Sounding Board digital newsletter that is posted on the NRMPS website and social media channels.

The North Carolina Public School Maintenance Association is a nonprofit professional organization with a purpose that includes working toward the betterment of public school maintenance in North Carolina. It seeks to provide superior standards in the operation and maintenance of school buildings and grounds, promote the highest standards among its membership and lend its cooperation to educational institutions and civic bodies with educational objectives.