PHOTO: Board members Kevin Townsel and Alicia Barker participate in an exercise that demonstrates a literacy-focused program for students in fifth through eighth grades. / Photos by John McBryde
By JOHN McBRYDE
At Franklin Special School District’s May meeting, the district’s eight school resource officers were recognized along with other personnel Monday evening at Johnson Elementary School.
Dressed in full uniform and fully equipped, the SRO’s came one by one to collect their certificate of recognition from FSSD Director of Schools Davis Snowden. Present were deputies Jamie Haynes (Franklin Elementary School), Bryan Bean (Johnson Elementary, Jessie Haley (Liberty Elementary), Kasondra Osborne (Moore Elementary), Josh Byram (Poplar Grove Elementary), Marty French (Freedom Intermediate), Phil Wheeler (Poplar Grove Middle) and Richard Cole (Freedom Middle). Also recognized were Sgt. Brant Pewitt, Lt. Sammie Baker and Capt. Mark Wainwright.
The board did vote to approve five policy revisions, and also took part in an exercise from a new literacy-focused program being used in fifth through eighth grades called Achieve3000. It’s in line with the FSSD’s newly adopted five-year strategic plan known as Reach 2024, which includes literacy as one of the four major goals.
The highlight of the meeting was the recognition of the year’s top supervisor, principal and classified employee.
Supervisor of the Year went to Kay Boan, who began with FSSD in 2002 as the library and media specialist at Poplar Grove Middle School. She moved her way up through the years, and is now supervisor of student performance and federal programs, which includes coordinating testing, disaggregating, analyzing and disseminating data and reports.
Liberty Elementary Principal Cheryl Robey, who began in FSSD as a special education teacher at Franklin Elementary, was named Principal of the Year. She has been in her current since 2011, and under her leadership, Liberty Elementary has been named a Positive Behavior Support model school by the state several times.
Nicolette Hardemon, who is the district’s WeeMAC assistant and MAC Site secretary, was named as Classified Employee of the Year. Hardemon has been with the district since 2002.
Other school-level winners were:
Nicole Fletcher — Franklin Elementary computer lab teacher
Cheryl Leach — Johnson Elementary paraprofessional
Laura Harvanek — Liberty Elementary library assistant paraprofessional
Shelly Youngstead — Moore Elementary computer lab teacher
Patti Williams — Poplar Grove Elementary paraprofessional
Ronda Clarkson — Poplar Grove Middle paraprofessional
Marie Shelton — Freedom Intermediate bookkeeper
Chris Brown — Freedom Middle custodian
Freddy Cherry — Maintenance/Transportation landscape technician
The board’s next full meeting will be Monday, June 10, at Franklin Elementary School.