TIGER— After 33 years of service to the Rabun County Board of Education, Marsha Smith announced her retirement and was recognized for her dedication to the school system at the Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Oct. 17.
“She has been a vital part of the success,” said superintendent April Childers in her remarks about Smith to board members and attendees.
Smith began as a paraprofessional in the special education department. After a successful tenure as a paraprofessional, she was offered a position in the school office where she served as the bookkeeper and registrar for several years. She was later offered a position at the Board of Education Office.
“She will be greatly missed, but we wish her the best in her well-deserved retirement,” said Kelly McKay, assistant superintendent.
In other business,
Teachers of the month for September were recognized at the meeting. It was noted that some of the employees were not present at the meeting to due outside conflicts with various school activities.
Mandy Garcia and Lisa Giovino were chosen from Rabun County Primary School; Michelle Noffsinger, Paige Wheeler and Kelly McKay were chosen from Rabun County Elementary School; Lisa Mooney and Pat Farmer from Rabun County Middle School and Shelley Drummond and Anthony Queen from Rabun County High School were also chosen as teachers of the month.
Donna Headrick was chosen as transportation employee of the month and was present at the meeting.
“She’s great. We appreciate what she does,” said Marty Dixon, transportation director, about Headrick at the meeting.
It was brought up by a board member that the school system will need to ask for another Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) in order to finish paying off the primary school and to fund the agricultural program. It would also be used to keep facilities maintained.
McKay talked about events happening in the local primary school and presented statistics on the rate of success for students who attend Pre-Kindergarten through the school system as opposed to an outside program. McKay said that the statistics show students are more prepared if they attend pre-k in the school system.
“Your support of having a pre-k program in our school is making a huge difference,” McKay said to board members.
Dixon said that the bus inspection was successful and that Rabun County Schools passed with flying colors.
“That’s the best inspection they’ve had this year,” Dixon said.
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