UCHS earns high marks; Boykin announces retirement

UCHS earns high marks; Boykin announces retirement

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 9:26 pm
By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter

By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Good news reigned supreme at Monday night’s Union City School Board meeting.
The board met in the library at Union City High School and received very positive reports dealing re-cent athletic achievements, teacher achievements and student achievements.
There was one item that saddened city school officials — the planned retirement of longtime administrator Dan Boykin, who has served as the principal at Union City Middle School since 2000.
The board accepted Boy-kin’s retirement, but not before giving him a round of applause and a standing ovation.
Boykin spent his entire 40-year career in the Union City School System. He began working in 1971  at the former Union City Miles Junior High School. The school underwent a name change to Union City Middle School the next school year and he remained as a coach and teacher. He was named assistant principal of that school in 1984.
In 1997, he moved to the former East Side Elementary School as principal, remaining there until 2000, when he returned to UCMS as principal.
Director of Schools Gary Houston said he was “very reluctant” to accept Boykin’s retirement request.
“We’re going to miss him greatly,” he told the school board.
He added that he was “proud and pleased” to have had Boykin serve within the school system for the past four decades.
Monday night’s school board meeting was attended by the UCMS basketball team and coaching staff, which recently won the West Tennessee Boys Basketball Sectional Tournament Championship. Coaches Ronald Ward and John Griggs and their team were formally recognized by the board and Houston for their achievements this past basketball season.
The basketball team will be recognized at a later date by the state legislature.
From athletics to academics, the school board was given a Powerpoint presentation by four Union City High School students who recently returned from the Student Congress on Policies in Education conference at Tennessee State University in Nashville. The four students — Andrew Easley, Anna Moore, Morgan Stone and Grant Walton — reported to the board on their participation in the SCOPE conference (See related photo, Page 19).
The SCOPE program was established in 1982 by the Tennessee School Boards Association and each year the program invites students from across the state to discuss and debate school issues. This year’s conference, held earlier this month, focused on such issues as homeschooling, virtual classrooms, electronic textbooks and social networking sites.
After hearing from the four SCOPE delegates, the board formally recognized its three Teachers of the Year — elementary teacher Sharon Barnes, middle school teacher Renee Hempel and high school teacher Mandy Hopper. All three were presented a special certificate and a small gift, wrapped in school colors.
A photo featuring the three teachers will be posted on a billboard on East Reelfoot Avenue in the coming weeks.
Also, Houston announced that Mrs. Barnes has been selected to represent the northwest region for the state Teacher of the Year.
In other action, the school board:
• Was presented nominations for 12 teachers whose tenure is up for consideration. Those teachers being recommended for tenure include Preston Barbee, Darren Bowling, Ashley Bryson, Angela Davis, David Houston, Cristina Grimm, Wesley Kennedy, Kristy Long, Preston Martin, Jason Qualls, Angela Searcy and Rhonda Shanklin.
The school board will actually vote on the tenure applications at its April meeting.
• Approved professional teaching licenses for five teachers — Barbee, Mrs. Bryson, Houston, Ms. Long and Qualls.
• Was informed that the week of April 4-8 is spring break in the city school system.
Board member Curtis McLendon offered prayer prior to the start of Monday night’s 25-minute meeting, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by the board’s student representative Chase Bowling.
Absent from Monday night’s meeting was board member Campbell Rice.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by e-mail at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 3.16.11

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