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Retiring school personnel recognized

By Teresa Cunningham
Freelance Writer
Cheerful comments and memories were shared at the recent Johnson County Board of Education meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2012, as retirees made their departure from the school system. Numerous plaques and well wishes were exchanged during this eventful meeting. Outgoing student board member, Lauren Martinez, was honored as well. The following departing employees were recognized and honored:
Joyce Bowers retired June 30, 2012. Joyce worked for 30 years as a custodian at Mountain City Elementary School.
Harvey Burniston, Jr. retired December 31, 2011. Harvey began in 1981 at CTE teaching horticulture where he worked for 30 years. He had a passion for FFA (Future Farmers of America).
Frances Duncan retired May 16, 2012. Frances worked in School Nutrition at Shady Valley School. Frances has always been known for her special “cookies” which will truly be missed by students and faculty.
Shirley Forrester retired May 16, 2012. Shirley worked as an Instructional Assistant at Mountain City Elementary School. Shirley leaves with many memories and stories about the students, teachers and co-workers.
Linda Long retired May 16, 2012. Linda worked as Instructional Assistant, Secretary and Bookkeeper for Shady Valley School since September 1987.
Victoria Earlene K. Lay retired May 23, 2012. Earline has worked as an Instructional Assistant before 1987 when she started as an elementary teacher and for several years Earline had a traveling library bus for student to enjoy before she began at the Media Center at Doe Elementary and Laurel Elementary School.
Ala Sue Moretz retired May 16, 2012. Ala Sue has worked as Media Center Librarian at Mountain City Elementary School for the past 5 years.
Pat Verplank retired May 16, 2012. Pat has taught at Johnson County Middle School, Shouns Elementary School and Roan Creek Elementary School since 1988. Before coming to Tennessee Pat taught 18 years in California and one year in Kansas.
In addition to this celebration, the Johnson County School Board was also presented the TSBA board of distinction plaque from Hawkins County representative, Debbie Shedden. The Johnson County Board of Education has been recognized as a Board of Distinction considering their high standard of performance in planning, policy, promotion, and board development.
Student School Board member, Lauren Martinez reported the events from Johnson County High School. Lauren’s report lists several important items including:
Last month, graduation embodied a perfect ending to the remarkable 2011-2012 school year.
All of the Johnson County High School sports and band programs are currently in summer camps.
June 22 marks the end of summer school. The Johnson County school district has had a very successful summer school with over 50 students receiving credits.
Senior pictures will be taken on June 28 and 29.
In other action, the Johnson County School Board approved the lease of a Sharp copier for Doe Elementary. The Board also approved the reoccurring agreement with the Washington County Virginia Board of Education for the 2012-2013 school year regarding transportation of students in the Sutherland/Backbone Rock Community. The revision of the Johnson County Board of Education Five year Plan for 2010-2015 was also approved.
A three-year lease from Apple, Inc. was also approved in order to begin the school year with IPAD‘s for all sixth grade students. This program seeks to save money purchasing textbooks as eBooks may be downloaded on student IPAD’s for use in the classroom as a learning tool. It is expected to implement this program to additional grade levels beyond sixth grade as the infrastructure on the hill is updated. “We feel like this is a good step for our sixth graders,” said Gerald Buckles, Chairman of the Board.
Russell Robinson gave a positive budget report stating the local revenue is up this year.
The board also discussed the prior approval of a walking trail at Roan Creek Elementary. The process is ready to begin as of Monday, June 18, 2012. The Director’s Report consisted of an update on summer projects and important dates. Barry Bishop gave an updated summary of summer projects. Sealing will begin on Monday, June 18th at Shady, Doe, and Laurel. A few small items are near completion at Mountain City Elementary and Roan Creek Elementary. Many items are to be completed at Johnson County High School throughout the summer. The July School Board meeting will be July 10, 2012 and the Summer Law Institute will be in Gatlinburg on July 14 and 14, 2012.
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