Tenure certificates awarded to Union City teachers
Posted: Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:04 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Special to The Messenger
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Special to The Messenger
School is almost out for the summer in Union City, and a special year-end gift has been bestowed on a group of six teachers in the Union City School System — tenure status.
It was at the April meeting of the Union City School Board meeting that Director of Schools Gary Houston recommended and the Union City School Board unanimously approved tenure for Brian Conner, Tina Grissom, Jeremy Maddox, Mallory Powers, Melissa Rice and Brandy Tanner. At Monday’s May session, the teachers were on hand to receive their certificates and the praise and congratulations of the school board.
The presentation of tenure certificates was a particularly proud moment for Union City School Board chairman Glenda Caudle, who presented a tenure certificate to her oldest daughter, Brandy Tanner, who teaches math at Union City Middle School.
Conner teaches history/geography at Union City High School, Mrs. Rice teaches science at UCHS, Maddox teaches physical education at Union City Elementary School, Mrs. Powers teaches second grade at UCES and Mrs. Grissom teaches first grade at UCES.
Houston described the granting of tenure for the group of six teachers as a “milestone” in their careers and praised each of the group of six teachers for their work. He stated the tenure status for the group of six was “well deserved.”
Mrs. Caudle went on to add that she and the school board were “impressed” with the paperwork that was submitted as part of the tenure application process. She said it was a “pleasure” and an “honor” to grant tenure to the teachers, all of whom attended Monday night’s near half-hour session.
It was a meeting dominated by personnel matters as Houston and his staff close out another stellar year for the city school system. The 2009-10 school year saw numerous achievements on the academic, athletic and extracurricular levels for the school system. The achievements that have become a part of the success of the school system have been evident at the school board’s monthly meetings, and Monday night’s meeting was no different. As the school year closes out, Houston briefed the board on the success of the recent UCES school musical, the Top Ten Banquet at UCHS and the upcoming Block Party that will be held at UCES Friday evening.
In commenting on the continued success of the Top Ten Banquet, Houston praised the keynote address of UCHS graduate Tony Bass and also thanked each of the sponsors of the ceremony: Midwest CBK, Commercial Bank, First Citizens Bank, First State Bank, Reelfoot Bank, Russell and Donna Caldwell, Mrs. Mike Dickerson, Mrs. John Drerup, Janice Faulk, Bob and Beverly Hunt, David and Teresa Johnson, Jack and Arlene Keeling, Robert and Jenny Kirkland, Bill and Carol Latimer, Reynolds Brothers, Terry Petty Chevrolet, Union City Insurance, Virgin’s Nursery and Warner Law Firm.
Houston also announced that graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2010 will be held at 8 p.m. May 23 at War Memorial Stadium on the UCHS campus. The final day of classes for students in the city school system will be May 26, with early dismissal, and a retirement brunch is scheduled for May 27 at UCHS for those teachers retiring at the end of this school year.
Under personnel matters, the school board was briefed on the retirement of longtime employee Billie Rich, who has served most recently as the system’s Food Services/Career Technical Education Director. She will continue to work in the school system, except on a contract basis in food service only. Also retiring is UCMS mentoring teacher and instructional coach Tricia Wilson, who had previously retired from her long-term position as a special education teacher. Houston also announced the planned resignation of Dr. Michelle Arant, who has been in charge of special education and federal projects for the system, and UCES education assistants Carmen Billingsley and Youree Maddox. Also transferring from full-time to contract status will be UCES instructional coach Sandy Anderson, according to Houston.
New teachers hired for the 2010-11 school year and announced Monday night included Abby Cruce and Trenessa Wood, both of whom will work at UCES.
In what was her final official appearance as federal projects director for the school system, Dr. Arant briefed the board on applications that have been filed for funding for federal projects. The projects, under the umbrella of Title I-VI, ensure that funding will continue to be in place for the upcoming school year for professional development for teachers, the school system’s English as a second language program, teacher technology training and funding for special intervention programs.
Dr. Arant informed the school board that the English as a second language program will again be led by instructor Tiffany Craig next year, and that there are a total of 66 students enrolled in the program.
In other action, the school board:
• Heard from board member Curtis McLendon, who had strong words of praise for the school system’s “Tornado Touch’ newsletter, the latest copy of which he proudly held up as he proclaimed, “This is outstanding.” The colorful news letter is produced by the system and mailed to Union City households to keep them informed of events, honors and opportunities within the school system.
• Approved a brief consent agenda that included policy revisions relating to home schools, school admissions, physical examinations and homeless students.
• Was informed by Houston that Teacher Appreciation Week was observed May 3-7 in the Union City School System and a special lunch was prepared for teachers.
Monday night’s school board meeting featured 100 percent attendance by board members, who bade farewell to student representative Rebecca Easley. Miss Easley is a graduating senior who has served on the board this past school year. She has been a regular at the meetings, opening each session by leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Miss Easley will be leaving in the fall to attend Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. Her replacement will be selected by students at UCHS and will begin a nine-month term on the board in the fall.
Published in The Messenger 5.13.10