School Board Honors Teachers and Support Staff

April 12, 2012
Dwayne Page

The Board of Education Thursday night adopted resolutions of appreciation paying tribute to teachers and support staff.

The resolution on teachers states that "Whereas, teachers spend countless hours of their time and energy preparing materials, grading papers and projects, studying about issues in education, consulting with administration, parents, students, and fellow educators; and

Whereas, teachers nurture students and encourage them to be excited about learning so they can enhance their lives and become good citizens; and

Whereas, teachers create a safe and inviting place for the students to grow and learn while participating in daily activities; and

Whereas, great teachers transfer their passion for learning onto their students; and

Whereas, effective teachers give positive and constructive advice, praise accomplishments, and adjust their teaching styles as needed to meet the individual needs of students.

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the DeKalb County Board of Education recognizes the numerous contributions that our teachers make each day by establishing May 8, 2012 as Teacher Appreciation Day in all DeKalb County Schools; and

Be it further resolved that the board expresses appreciation and thanks to teachers in our school system and encourages each school and community to recognize them on this day for their contribution to the success of our school system and its students."

The resolution on Support Staff states that " Whereas, the administrative and instructional support staff in the DeKalb County School System are dependable and responsible members of our system, and should feel valued and appreciated. Our teachers and administrators depend upon the support staff members to prepare learning materials, operate the office, and carry out business functions of the school. They are responsible for tutoring, counseling, advising, and guiding students throughout the school year; and

Whereas, the administrative and instructional support staff are an outstanding group of dedicated school employees who are valuable to the success of our school system; and

Whereas, our support staff is made up of individuals who have shown a commitment to our schools and the students they serve; and

Whereas, our administrative and instructional support staff bring into our schools a pleasant personality, willingness to help others, a calm demeanor and common sense; and

Now, therefore be it resolved that the DeKalb County Board of Education hereby establishes April 19, 2012 as Administrative and Instructional Support Staff Appreciation Day; and

Be it further resolved that the board expresses appreciation and thanks to all the administrative and instructional support staff in our school system and encourages each school to recognize and join in the celebration of these individuals on that day for the role they place in the success of our school system."

In other business, Director of Schools Mark Willoughby gave his monthly update on personnel to the board.

Rebecca Baugh and Judy Redmon, both teachers at Northside Elementary School have retired.

Those granted a leave of absence are Tanya Howard, teacher at Smithville Elementary School; Kenneth Wayne Taylor, custodian at Smithville Elementary School; and Billy Golden, maintenance worker.

Those employed since the last meeting are Fred Searcy, part-time grounds keeper; Jason Myers, substitute bus driver; Ashby Cripps, substitute school nurse; Marcie Taylor, Robbie Joan Frazier, Rena Willoughby, Vickey Vickers, Glenda Hall, Holley Reffue, and Christina Dawson as substitute teachers.

The board gave permission for the Junior and Senior Classes to have the prom off campus at the Embassy Convention Center in Murfreesboro on April 27. The prom begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends at 11:30 p.m.

Permission was granted for the DCHS Boys Basketball Team to stay overnight at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga campus for summer basketball camp. The camp will be from June 11-13. Basketball players, managers, and coaches will be attending.

The DeKalb County Lady Tiger Basketball Team was granted permission to go on an overnight trip to Maryville College to play nine games at a summer camp for high school teams. The camp dates are June 11 & 12.

The DCHS Tigers and Lady Tigers Basketball Teams were granted permission to host a team camp June 6-8. The camp will be held at DCHS and DeKalb Middle School.

Members of the Health Occupations Students of America Club were given permission to attend the HOSA State Conference in Nashville April 16-18 at the Opryland Hotel. Eight students will be competing.

The DCHS Boys Soccer Team was given permission to add Justin Nokes as a volunteer assistant coach.

Permission was given for the DCHS Basketball teams to compete in a Holiday Basketball Tournament at Windemere Prep in Orlando, Florida December 27-29.

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