Nominations open for Cintas 2024 Custodian of the Year

Honouring school custodian stars, nominations close February 9.
Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Cintas is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Cintas Custodian of the Year contest, recognizing custodians who work tirelessly to keep their school clean and safe for students, staff, and visitors.

“Custodians are the force behind a clean, safe, and welcoming space for students to learn and succeed,” said Christiny Betsch, Marketing Manager, Cintas. “For the last 10 years, we’ve had the honour of celebrating one-of-a-kind custodians with remarkable stories. We’re ecstatic to honour custodians once again in our 11th year of this contest.”

Rubbermaid Commercial Products’ Sr. Vice President and GM of Commercial Business, Robert Posthauer, added “Taking on the responsibility of providing a healthy learning environment for students is no easy feat. We look forward to another year of taking part in honouring custodians who help make it possible for students to prosper at school.”

The winning custodian will be awarded $10,000, with an additional $5,000 in Cintas and Rubbermaid products and services going to the winner’s school. The winner’s school will also receive a complete facility assessment and Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) Advanced by GBAC certification from ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association, valued at $20,000. Finally, Cintas will also reward the winner’s school with a pizza party for all staff and students.

In addition, the nine finalists who round out the top ten will receive $1,000 each on behalf of Cintas, a cleaning supply package from Rubbermaid, and complimentary tuition to one ISSA Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) virtual training event, valued at $1,500.

Once again this year, the top 3 finalists will also receive an all-expense-paid trip for two to the ISSA Show North America in Las Vegas in November where they’ll be celebrated for their accomplishments.

“It’s important to show appreciation to school custodians for the important work they do in establishing healthy learning environments,” said John Barrett, Executive Director, ISSA. “ISSA is proud to take part in this contest and looks forward to celebrating outstanding custodians across the U.S.”

The Cintas Custodian of the Year contest is open to all elementary, middle, high school, college, and university custodians who have worked at their school for at least two years. Nominations must be 500 words or less on why the nominee is deserving of the award and submitted by February 9. Cintas will announce the top ten finalists on March 5. The public can vote for their favourite custodian through April 12, and the finalist with the most votes will be crowned Custodian of the Year in the spring.

Please visit to enter your nomination and here for more information on last year’s winner.

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