- Associated Press - Sunday, June 29, 2014

CABOT, Vt. (AP) - A former dairy farmer who serves as the Cabot School custodian has been named Vermont’s School Custodian of the Year.

Peter Ackermann, the transportation, facilities and maintenance coordinator at Cabot School, was chosen by the Vermont Agency of Education and the Vermont School Custodians and Maintenance Association.

He was honored Tuesday at the association’s conference in White River Junction.

Nominations praised Ackermann, who serves as community mentor, for his friendly manner, problem solving skills, sense of humor, work ethic and dedication to creating a safe school environment, the agency said. He’s also been known to get up in the middle of the night in a storm to check for flooding, the agency said.

“Pete is a joy to work with and a partner in creating and maintaining a safe, healthy and positive school environment,” Washington Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Nancy Thomas said. “The whole community appreciates his dedication to the school.”

Ackermann said he was flattered to receive the award. “But I know that you’re only as good as the people you work with,” he said. “I’m very fortunate to work with good people from the supervisory union staff and the folks I am with every day at our school.”

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