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UCHS girls’ basketball team recognized for season’s success

UCHS girls’ basketball team recognized for season’s success
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Coach Eddie Suiter and the remarkable achievements of the 2011-12 Union City High School girls’ basketball team were honored Monday night by the Union City School Board.
The 22-11 Lady Torna-does were recognized as one of the top four 1-A teams in the state.
School board chairman Glenda Caudle said the board was “honored” by the team’s attendance at the meeting.
“We’re looking forward to many more exciting things from you next year,” she said.
Director of Schools Gary Houston said he was “very proud” of the entire program.
Board member Cathy Waggoner said she was “so proud” of the team.
“You did an excellent job,” she said.
“You all represented us well,” board member Dr. Wright Jernigan said.
Also recognized at Mon-day night’s 20-minute meeting were others involved in the girls’ basketball program and the school’s cheerleading squad.
Because of the Lady Tornadoes’ appearance in the state tournament, the school board decided Monday night to extend the school year in order to cover the two days school was dismissed for the Murfreesboro tournament.
Originally, the last day of school was set for May 25. Now, the last day of classes will be May 30, with school dismissed early that day. The new last day of school will not impact graduation, which is still scheduled for May 27.
Also during Monday night’s 20-minute meeting, the board was updated on a series of personnel moves and approved the spending of $264,161 for three new school buses and a 2012 GMC truck. The school buses will be purchased from Cumberland IC Bus and the GMC truck will be bought from Herman Jenkins Motors Inc.
The board formally ap-proved Tracy Bruff as a non-faculty coach with the UCHS boys’ baseball team.
Houston informed the board of the hiring of Ricke Mallory, who will teach U.S. government at UCHS and will serve as an assistant UCHS football coach (see related story in today’s sports section); the hiring of John Graham as a P.E. teacher and assistant football coach at Union City Middle School; a maternity leave for Sara Brown; and the resignation of school bus driver Allison Brown.
In other action, the board:
• Approved a series of recommendations from Houston for web hosting, phone services and internal computer connections. Houston’s recommendations were included as part of a lengthy consent agenda that included textbook adoption and budget amendments.
• Was informed by Houston of upcoming tests for students in the Union City School System — TCAP testing, Stanford Achievement Tests, end of course testing and AP testing.
• Was advised of several upcoming year-end events. The Union City Rotary Relays will be held May 3 at UCHS, the school will host the regional track meet May 8-10, UCHS’s Top 10 Banquet will be held April 30, featuring 1987 UCHS graduate Cliff Joyner, and state Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman will visit with school administrators Thursday at the high school.
Prior to the start of Monday night’s meeting, Mrs. Forrester led a prayer. Student representative to the board, Morgan Stone, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Absent from Monday’s meeting were board members Curtis McLendon and Dr. John Clendenin.
Published in The Messenger 4.10.12

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