Irving Custodian Named Finalist in Custodian of the Year Contest

Irving Custodian Named Finalist in Custodian of the Year Contest

Frank DiPaolo, a custodian at Irving Elementary School, has been named a 2022 finalist for Cintas’ ninth-annual Custodian of the Year contest. 

The contest celebrates custodians from across the nation who are making a positive impact on their schools and colleges. Custodians are nominated for the chance to win a $10,000 cash prize along with $5,000 in products and services for their school. 

In addition to keeping the school safe and clean, Mr. DiPaolo does everything from helping plan and execute successful school-wide events to building relationships with and mentoring students with special needs. 

“When we learned of this contest we knew that we had to nominate Mr. DiPaolo,” Irving principal John Hodge said. “Frank contributes to our entire school community through the relationships he builds with students, families and staff. At Irving, we recognize and appreciate all that Mr. DiPaolo does to make our school a warm and welcoming place for every student.”  

After over 25 years at Irving, former students regularly come back to visit and laugh with Mr. DiPaolo, who is also known for his wonderful sense of humor.  

"We received over 2,200 exceptional nominations, and it was a challenge to narrow it down to only 10 finalists," said Cintas’ Christiny Betsch. "This contest continues to prove that custodians play a significant role in school communities across the country and have lasting, positive impacts on students and staff." 

The custodian with the greatest number of public votes determines the winner of the 2022 Custodian of the Year contest. From now through April 15, the public is encouraged to vote for their favorite custodian by clicking here or scanning this QR code: