Schools recognize students, faculty, staff
by Matt Lasley Reporter
The Grayson County School Board had much to be thankful for during its Thursday, September 19 meeting.
School Board Chairperson Carolyn Thomason spoke in regards to the Friday, Sept. 13 car accident, in which a vehicle crashed into School Bus 1194, sending thirteen juveniles and both drivers to the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center emergency room to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Thomason said she wished to commend the first responders who responded to the accident, the staff at TLRMC, and the Grayson County Schools employees, in particular Bus 1194 Driver Sherry Gipson for her skillful driving and care for the students in her bus.
“We are blessed,” Thomason said. “[Friday] was a miracle.”
Superintendent Barry Anderson also took the opportunity to recognize Gipson, Bus Monitor Monica Smith, whom was also in Bus 1194 at the time of the accident, and GC Schools Director of Transportation Arnold Hack.
“We can’t find the words to say how thankful we are for the work you did,” Anderson said. “It was an awesome display of professionalism.”
Hack said. “[Gipson and Smith] did everything that was supposed to be done. I love them to death, but we have 50 other drivers who would have done the same thing. I’m so proud to be associated with this group.”
Anderson said to celebrate the GC Schools transportation workers and “the great job that they do every day,” the school system will be taking them out to dinner sometime in the near future.
In other business:
*Grayson County Middle School Assistant Principal David Whitmore recognized the GCMS Cougar Robotics Club, otherwise known as the “Cougarbots.”
“The programming of robots is the future of our industry,” Whitmore said. “You’ll be able to easily turn the skills your learning into a career.”
The “Cougarbots,” who are in their second year, took their robotics projects to competitions last year, and the Head of the Program Melanie Gallagher said the Cougarbots will be competing again this year.
The Robotics Club also consists of Jacob Vincent, Braden Schartzer, George Priddy, Chris Odom, Dillon Phelps, Cody Brock, Hunter Bergeron, Curtis Schmidt, and Gallagher’s Assistant Tony East.
*GCMS Assistant Principal Becky Miller presented a “teaming” award to the GCMS Team 4 Silver Knights teachers for their efforts toward improving the well-being and education of their students.
The Team 4 teaching staff consists of English/Language Arts Teacher Lisa York; Math Teacher Carla Butler; Social Studies Teacher Shane Decker; Science Teacher Lisa Robards; and Collaboration Teacher Wendy Butler.
*Anderson also recognized the GC Schools Nursing Staff for their efforts in caring for the schools’ students during the Friday, Sept. 13 car accident and year-round.
Anderson described the nurses as the school system’s “first responders.”
“Every kid on that bus not taken to the ER went through the nurses, he said. “Every one of them does an outstanding job.”
The GC Schools Nursing Staff consists of Debbie Carman (GCMS); Synthia Frank (GCMS); Lynn Ponder (Clarkson Elementary); Shelia Johnson (H.W. Wilkey Elementary); Kim Cannon (GCHS); Sarah Castleman (Clarkson Elementary); Chasity Thorp (Caneyville Elementary); Chelsey Chambers (Lawler Elementary); and Brenda Oller.
*The School Board approved Anderson’s Superintendent contracts for the next four years, which, according to Attorney David Vickory, will go into effect on July 1, 2014 and expire on June 30, 2018.
*The School Board approved GC Schools’ working budget for the 2013-2014 school year.
*Abby Harvey, with the American Heart Association, presented a plaque to GCMS Principal Jim Blain, whom accepted the award on behalf of GCMS.
Harvey said GCMS was the top Hoops for Heart fundraiser in the state of Kentucky last year, having raised over $9,000.
*GC Schools Director of Special Education Monica Heavrin presented a $32,000 check from the Crusade for Children.
Heavrin said that was nearly the same amount raised by the county during the recent Crusade for Children fundraiser.
*The School Board granted approval to apply for a GameTime “Back to School Grant” for playground equipment at Lawler Elementary School in the amount of $75,606.
If awarded, the grant will fund $37,803.
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