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Madrigal Saluted For Making A Difference
Jose Madrigal
Riverbank Unified School District employee Jose Madrigal, center, was recognized at a recent school board meeting for his nomination in the Employees Making a Difference program. Photo Contributed

Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Stanislaus Charter host an annual ‘Employees Making a Difference’ program honoring outstanding Classified/Confidential employees. Riverbank Unified School District nominated Jose Madrigal for this honor. School districts throughout the county participated in this program and 24 classified staff were honored at a special reception as part of the program.

Nominations were made earlier this school year for the program and the finalists announced in February.

Madrigal works in the central office for Child Welfare and Attendance and prior to that was a campus supervisor at Riverbank High School. He was selected by the RUSD Leadership Team to represent RUSD at the Employees Making a Difference Program (EMAD). The original nomination came from RUSD Director of Student Services Karen Young and was in the category of Support Services/Security.

The letter supporting the nomination stated that, in both roles Madrigal has demonstrated the unique ability to be firm, fair and consistent while being an advocate for students.

“Simply put, families trust Jose. He has a collaborative spirit and really knows how to listen to students, parents and staff,” the nomination noted.

Madrigal was described as a true professional who goes beyond his duties to care for the wellbeing of students. Working with the district’s family resource center and community organizations, he secures backpacks and other school supplies for students who are homeless or students who live in homes where the parents/guardians are struggling financially. He also will take extra steps to ensure that students are at school.

His ability to speak both English and Spanish makes him an extremely valuable member of the central office team, school officials added. He frequently utilizes his linguistic skills to attend to the needs of families who visit or call the central office.

As the child welfare and attendance liaison, Madrigal leads by example. He will make himself available to assist with whatever is needed in the office. When he is asked to accomplish a task, he always seeks clarity about what is needed and he takes pride in his work.

The Employees Making A Difference program is sponsored by Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud, and Romo, Attorneys at Law, CSEA River Delta Office, Mocse Credit Union, and Lozano Smith, Attorney at Law.