Two custodians at Charlotte elementary schools are in the running for a national janitor of the year honor.
Bobby Miller, a 15-year veteran of Sharon Elementary, and Barbara Watson, who has worked at Pinewood Elementary for six years, have been named finalists in an annual competition sponsored by Cintas Corp. Winners receive $2,500, plus another $2,500 in supplies for their school.
Miller, or “Mr. Bobby” to the children, is known for his singing and has been a staple in school productions.
Watson arrives each morning at 4 a.m. and is ready when students arrive with a smile and encouraging words, according to teachers and parents who nominated her for the award.
They are vying for the honor against eight other custodians from around the country. Vote here.
The winner will be announced in May.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employs about 700 custodians.