S: Mike Beno - Ashwaubenon School District
BC: You will be missed . . .
FC: 1992 - 2011 Ashwaubenon School District
1: Presented to Mike Beno February 25, 2011 Thanks for your dedication, leadership and friendship!
2: BUSINESS OFFICE | Barb, Kitty Katie | In the short 4 years that I have been here, I have appreciated your sense of humor, your quick response to my requests (I still don't believe your temperature gauge) and your being such a great guy. I am thankful for the opportunity to have worked with you and wish you all the best for the years to come. Barb Doherty | Thanks for all the good memories. I’ll never forget (even though my memory seems to be going fast) the chauffer ride to work in the “cool car” and the casket marking my 50th. We sure had fun times. My prayers, thoughts and best wishes go with you. May you have days full of laughter and happiness and enjoy time with your grandkids. Kitty Blinstrub | Wishing you all that makes your heart sing! Katie Schmidt
3: Is it COLD in here? | (Or is it just me?) | Keith Lucius, Betsy Farah | To my friend Mike - I truly hope you have a wonderful future trying to find something to do with the time you’ve rushed trying to save. You’ve paid your dues, now just do what you choose. Best wishes! Betsy Farah
4: Jody (the protected one) tries to revive Brad, who suffered a broken heart after Mike (his office-mate) left him. | I will certainly miss the BEST DAMN EMPLOYEE we have! Your ease to work with, calm and caring demeanor, student-centered focus, broad perspective, expertise and, management and advancement of both your staff and our facilities have been EXTRAORDINARY. You have led by example and set a high bar for all of us to reach for. Thank you, from both me and my family - all whom have either worked for or attended Ashwaubenon Schools - for making this a MUCH BETTER PLACE. I LOVE you, man! Brad Taylor | Human Resources & Public Relations
5: Hope you enjoy yourself as you embark on your new journey. I will certainly miss your wit, sincerity and most importantly having another chocolate fiend in the office with me! Here's an Irish toast I'd like to pass along to you: There are good ships And wood ships, And ships that sail the seas, But the best ships are friendships, And may they always be. Take care Mike and by the way, nice guys do finish first! Jody Smits | Jody Smits, Brad Taylor
6: Thanks, Mike for being such a great support. No matter what, you were always willing to help us out! Nancy Pierce | I can't seem to track down Mike... | CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
7: Love those BLUE walls! | Here's to you, Mike! You have done much to make this district an incredible place to be. Your selfless attitude is what separates you from the rest. Jill Rhude
8: We will miss you. You will always be in our hearts. David
9: SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE | Our time together has been short but meaningful and I appreciate all the little extras you provided--and always with a smile.. Jennifer
10: Mike, It has been a pleasure working with you for the past 15+ years. The district will not be the same without you and you truly will be missed. Enjoy spending time with your grandchildren and doing all the things that make you happy. Take care and please remember to come and visit us once and awhile. Molly | Brian Nelsen, | PUPIL SERVICES
11: Quick--hide the tires in Mike's van! | Molly Malone-VanDalen
12: You will always be remembered as a man of "great vision", ideas, and accomplishments. Ed Krcmar | Don't touch my radio! | "Energy Ed" Krcmar | MAINTENANCE
13: I knew that new truck would come in handy for something... changing lights in the warehouse. Thanks, Mike (safety coordinator) for training me the right way. Steve | Mr. Beno, Where do we start. You were a true leader and a big asset for Ashwaubenon schools. We all learned so much from you. I wish you well in the future. Good luck to you and your family. We will stay in touch. Your friend and co worker Steve (Cookie)
14: TECH TEAM | Becka Mertens | Lizz Jayne | Matt Hornick
15: Mike, It’s been a pleasure working with you. You were always ready to help and always friendly when helping. Hopefully the next guy won’t change facility software so much. Best of luck to you in your retirement. Matt Hornick | Matt Anderson, Kris Cumbers | Thank you for always being there for me as a mentor and a friend since I’ve been at Ashwaubenon. You will be missed! I hope we’ll keep in contact after you retire from this Ashwaubenon family! Take Care & Enjoy your time with your family! Kris Cumbers
16: MORE THAN A BOSS...
17: ...YOU'RE OUR FRIEND | Admit One Timber Rattlers General Seating
18: Dirk Ribbens, Dave Steavpack, Mark Sheedy Ashwaubenon High School | Maria Arena Cormier Early Learning Center | Kris Hucek, Michael Sheean Parkview Middle School
19: BUILDING PRINCIPALS | Pete Marto Pioneer Elementary | Kurt Weyers, Andrew Bake Valley View Elementary | Your hard work facilitated many changes in our buildings.
20: When the Ashwaubenon School Board decided to hire its first Coordinator of Building and Grounds, it could not have hired a more qualified person than you. In my perspective as a long-time teacher and coach in the district and more recently as the Ashwaubenon Energy Education Specialist, your hiring was one of the smartest moves the district ever made. The proof is in the multitude of improvements you have made in district schools and the stellar reputation you have gained from other building experts around the country. The consultants from Energy Education, Inc. constantly sing the praises of "Mike Beno in Ashwaubenon" to other school districts in the state of Wisconsin as well as across the entire United States. You are commended not only for an outstanding job of setting up your buildings for maximum energy savings, but also for your willingness to tweak things so that Ashwaubenon's savings continue to grow. The administrators, teachers, and support staff in the district highly respect you and all the hard work you have done. Without a doubt, everyone will miss your smile and cheerful demeanor, your optimistic outlook, your remarkable knowledge and wisdom, and your excellent ability to problem solve. Working with you has been a great joy because you have always been approachable, a great listener, helpful, and willing to share your opinions and back them up with sound reasoning. When you have not known the answers to questions, you have always been able to locate expert resources, and no matter what the issue, you have always given your best effort to resolve the problem. Although you are leaving the district because of concerns about your vision, you will always be remembered in Ashwaubenon as a man of "great vision", ideas, and accomplishments. Your hard work in the district has truly made my job as the energy education specialist much easier in most respects, compared to what other districts encounter. Thank you for your help, your guidance, and your friendship. I wish you happiness, good health, fun experiences, and nothing but enjoyment in retirement. As all of us age and our bodies wear down, what remains are family, friends, fond memories, and the joy of knowing that we have made a difference in the world in which we live and work. All of us who know you sincerely believe that because of your tremendous knowledge, dedication, and hard work, the Ashwaubenon School District is a much better place than when you arrived here. Best Wishes in Retirement Always, "Energy" Ed Krcmar | Dear Mike, As I remember our professional relationship and friendship over the past twelve or so years, this is what comes to mind. When we first met, you helped me clean out “Woody’s Office” by hauling loads of stuff to the dumpster. After several trips, you came back with two very large, heavy binders and said, “I don’t think you want to throw these away.” They were the board policies. The first time I saw you in a corny white suit, I thought ‘What the heck?” I didn’t know that you made a surprise visit to Cormier every hundredth day as Zero the Hero. One year you weren’t able to make the celebration, so Maria asked me to sub. Knowing I could never rival your act but thinking I could still save the day, I hired a clown. It just wasn’t the same. I didn’t want to be seen as a “stereotypical woman,” so you kept me involved in referendum projects at AHS, Pioneer, and Valley View. You gave me my own hardhat, complete with the Jaguar paw, and escorted me through the buildings as construction progressed. (One ‘highlight’ was the jack-hammering of the Valley View floor!) On a higher level, you created outstanding buildings for our students while at the same time, saving the taxpayers a cool mil. You wouldn’t let me get up on the high school roof or drive the fork lift, though. When we drew names for the DO Christmas party gift exchange, every woman hoped that you’d get her name (and that Don wouldn’t). One year I was the lucky one. I’m sure you hand-picked the beautiful vase that held the flowers on my daughter Jodi’s bridal table. We have a picture of you beaming at our granddaughter Laney as she walked down the path at the ceremony. You stood in line with me at Roger’s nephew’s wake. You got Jerry to my retirement party. Mostly what stands out in my memory, though, is “the big picture.” You always put kids and their safety first, holding your staff to the highest standard, insisting that they be active members of our professional learning community. You sat at the planning table, asking “What can we do?” And then you DID. You have been so very loyal to the Ashwaubenon School District; a mentor and role model to all; a family man; someone who has always “been there,” putting others first; a workaholic, deserving the spotlight but shying away from it, yet a fun lover; and outside of my family, the finest man I have ever known. Mike, best wishes for a happy and rewarding retirement. With gratitude and admiration, Sue Alberti | Well wishes from near and far... | 44 USA
21: Anyone can do a job well, but it is the "and then some" that makes a difference. You have always been an "and then some" person for all in the Ashwaubenon School District. Going above and beyond whenever asked, always with grace and patience, and often with a much needed sense of humor. Here are but a few "and then somes" you've done. -Zero the Hero -Moving dumpsters from one location to another at Valley View School -Attending Board Meetings -Five Year Maintenance Plans that were fair and balanced for all buildings and easily understood -Fixing toilets and sinks at the District Office when they plugged up, broke, or started to leak -Being the “Stanley Steamer” when the windows leaked in Pupil Services and they had flooding issues -Keeping everyone comfortable at the District Office having 12+ females with different heating and cooling needs happy is a trick – one freezing while another one roasting - it must have been like living in a dorm for you -Dealing with issues of purchasing the tractor for the High School and listening to opinions of which model and which options you should purchase -Remodeling the District Office to make a “silk purse out of a sow’s ear” -Designing and modifying architectural plans to meet the needs of our District Schools with a vision that will continue to serve students and staff for many years to come -Working with and keeping five different Superintendents happy and out of the line of fire when necessary There are many more too numerous to mention. But the common thread is that you always gave it your best, kept your cool under sometimes difficult circumstances, and went above and beyond. You were a great co-worker. Bringing in treats for the office, helping answer questions as far as home maintenance and projects we might have had for our own homes, and developing and maintaining one of the best maintenance teams for all buildings who always helped out when there were needs in their building. And last but not least, making my retirement party so memorable with picking Wendy and I up and driving us to Fratellos in your Cadillac – what a wonderful memory and experience that was for me. So, Mike, best of luck in your new adventures. I hope this is the best of times for you, Karen, and your entire family. I’m sure that “Ashwaubenon’s loss” will be your grandsons’ gain and they are very lucky and blessed to have you. Always, Linda Noel | Congratulations on your retirement. While this will be very sad for Ashwaubenon Schools to have to say good-bye to you, I know that this is a beginning for a new period of your life. I feel fortunate for having the opportunity to work with you during my few years at Ashwaubenon. I appreciated your work ethic and your kindness to everyone. Luckily for you, I can’t think of any funny stories or embarrassing moments. I am sure that you had many humorous moments that will be fun to hear about again. My “retirement” came unexpectedly and I certainly would have preferred to have much better health. But I am proof that retirement is a new chapter and can be enjoyed even with unexpected hindrances. I am sure that you will enjoy many new experiences and maybe even a few new hobbies. Your successor will have a hard time trying to live up to your extraordinarily high standards. I would like to wish you the very best. Good luck. Sue Young | The district will miss you, Mike – you were always a fun guy to work with and did such a great job - I always knew I could go to you if I needed something done. I hope you have a great retirement and get to take a lot of warm, tropical vacations. I would assume you no longer go into the water when there are black flags! – Karen Barnack | Mike Beno is a very special guy and the most knowledgeable facilities person I have ever worked with. The improvements we made to the buildings while I was at Ashwaubenon would not have happened without Mike. His people skills are outstanding and he was also a great "Zero the Hero". – Jim Stillman