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Obion County School Board honors Teachers of the Year

Obion County School Board honors Teachers of the Year

By: Chris Menees Messenger Staff Reporter

By CHRIS MENEES
Messenger Staff Reporter
Nine of Obion County’s top teachers were honored Monday night by the Obion County School Board.
The three system level Teachers of the Year for the Obion County School System — as well as all of the building level honorees — were recognized by the board during its regular monthly session, held in the library of South Fulton Elementary School.
The system level honorees included Obion County Central High School ninth- and 12-grade biology teacher Pam Kangelos for grades 9-12; South Fulton Elementary librarian and Accelerated Reader coordinator Sally Ward for grades 5-8; and Lake Road Elementary third-grade teacher Sandy Simpson for grades preK-4.
Among the building level honorees from Obion County’s schools were: Lake Road Ele-mentary, Mrs. Simpson for grades preK-4 and Jennifer Godwin for grades 5-8; OCCHS, Mrs. Kangelos for grades 9-12; Ridgemont Elementary, Josh Nance for grades preK-4 and Ruth Ann Sparkman for grades 5-8; South Fulton Elementary, Carol Fulcher for grades preK-4 and Mrs. Ward for grades 5-8; and South Fulton Middle/High School, Lana Davis for grades 5-8 and Tom Kelley for grades 9-12.
No applications were sub-mitted from Black Oak and Hillcrest elementaries and the Career Technology Center.
School board chairman Roger Williams commended the hon-orees for their achievement and said the board appreciates their hard work.
The board also recognized four local high school juniors who will be attending the upcoming Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE). They include Will Miller and Glennese Patterson, both from Obion County Central High School, and Anna Seratt and Brandt Sisson, both from South Fulton High School. All of them were in attendance to observe the board meeting.
Prior to the session, board members and others in atten-dance were treated to dinner provided by the faculty of South Fulton Elementary and enjoyed entertainment provided by the school’s kindergarten classes.
In other action during Monday night’s meeting, which was opened with prayer led by vice chairman Jimmy Smith, the board:
• Approved a resolution to transfer $2 million from the school fund balance for 12 additional classrooms, including four at South Fulton Elementary, four at Lake Road Elementary and four at Hillcrest Elementary. The resolution will be sent to the Obion County Commission for its approval. (See related Obion County Budget Committee story, Page 1.)
• Approved a consent agenda that included a monthly personnel report and a substitute teacher report.
The personnel report lists leaves of absence for Lake Road Elementary custodian Frankie Ogden, South Fulton Middle/High School food service worker Joyce Pickering and Black Oak Elementary teacher Tena Thompson; and the hiring of Elizabeth Ward as a substitute custodian at Lake Road Elementary (for Ogden).
The substitute teachers who gained approval include Deanna Roach, Wendy Burton, Laura Beth Griffin, Christina Killebrew, Amy Jo Harris, Hattie Smith, Megan Gallup, Lori Robertson and Kellye Albright.
• Approved the second and final reading of an amendment to the board policy regarding student alcohol and drug testing.
• Granted a request to declare two 1993 72-passenger International school buses and one 1994 seven-passenger Ford mini-van as surplus property, with the items to be advertised and sold by sealed bid to the highest bidders.
• Approved a dual request from Obion County Central High School’s Academic Decathlon teams, including permission for an overnight trip to participate in state competition March 27-29 at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville and the expenditure of $1,925 from funds available through the central office to pay for two nights’ lodging and registration fees for both teams.
OCCHS’ Academic Decathlon teams participated in regional competition Feb. 2 at Haywood High School and, as a result of students’ performances, earned the right to advance to state competition, according to Academic Decathlon coach Jim West.
• Approved six overnight student trips, including those for Career Technology Center students to State Skills USA welding competition in Goodlettsville; OCCHS’ Health Occupations Students of America to HOSA state competition in Chattanooga; Hillcrest Elementary PLUS students to St. Louis to visit places that involve areas the students have studied or that could enrich their curriculum; OCCHS band students to Gatlinburg during spring break; OCCHS student Will Miller’s participation in the 2008 Youth Leadership Summit in Nashville, which is sponsored by the Tennessee Electric Membership Association; and the OCCHS girls’ basketball team to watch the girls’ basketball state tournaments March 7-8 in Murfreesboro.
• Heard brief updates from the school and system level administrators in attendance.
School board members Allen Edmaiston, Diane Sanderson and Rodney Taylor were absent from the meeting Monday night.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by e-mail at cmenees@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.4.08

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