HAVERHILL — Superintendent Maureen Lynch is pleased to announce that Bob Hardy, Director of Facilities, has been selected as Whittier Tech’s Employee of the Month for March.
“Bob has truly worked tirelessly to make sure our building is safe. He goes above and beyond every single day!” Superintendent Lynch said.
Hardy earned praise for his efforts to protect Whittier and its students safe during the pandemic, for leading his staff when tasks needed to be turned around quickly, for innovating new solutions, and for keeping a positive attitude during challenging times.
Whittier recognizes one employee each month. Nominations comes from the Whittier Tech community and are based on the nominee’s outstanding qualities and current achievements.
Whittier Tech Principal Chris Laganas presents all nominations to the School Council, whose 25 members are students, teachers, parents, and community members. Council members make the final selection.
Hardy graduated from Whittier in 1989 from Carpentry and returned to earn his Unrestricted Builder’s License from Whittier Tech Evening Education a few years later. He began working at Whittier in 2016 and has taught Basic Carpentry in Evening Education for the past three years.
Hardy is well-known for his charitable efforts and service to community. He and his siblings run “Ozzie’s Kids,” a charity started in the late 1980s by their father, the late Haverhill Police Officer Osmond “Ozzie” Hardy. “Ozzie’s Kids” has provided Christmas gifts, clothes and other necessities to thousands of families in need. Bob Hardy can be found dressed as Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny at children’s events.
“My dad always used to say, ‘It is what it is.’ And it’s true. I’m just a caring person,” Hardy said. “I have a lot of respect for Whittier and the people I work with. I genuinely enjoy my work and I take immense pride in everything I do. I work on everything as if it were my own.”
As monthly winner Hardy will receive a gift certificate to the school’s Poet’s Inn Restaurant and to the school store. He also will receive a prime parking spot for a month. Hardy will be recognized on Whittier’s main entrance electronic sign and lobby announcement board.