Monroe County school board recognizes Teachers of the Year

AMORY – The Monroe County Board of Education recognized the Teachers of the Year for each campus at the regularly scheduled board meeting on Jan. 8. Teachers recognized were Anna Oswalt Daher of the Advanced Learning Center; Brenda Towery of Hamilton; Misty Powell of Hatley; Kathy Dean of Smithville; and Jamie Stark of the Monroe County Vocational Center.

Courtesy PhotoMONROE COUNTY TEACHERS OF YEAR – Monroe County Teachers of the Year were recently recognized by the Monroe County Board of Education.  Pictured (l-r), Advanced Learning Center - Anna Catherine Daher and ALC Director Billy Loague; Hamilton Schools - Brenda Towery and Hamilton Attendance Center Principal Tim Dickerson; Hatley Schools - Misty Powell and Hatley Principal Van Pearson; Smithville Schools - Kathy Dean and Smithville Principal Chad O'Brian; Vocational Center - James Stark and Vo-Tech Director Steve Cantrell.

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MONROE COUNTY TEACHERS OF YEAR – Monroe County Teachers of the Year were recently recognized by the Monroe County Board of Education. Pictured (l-r), Advanced Learning Center – Anna Catherine Daher and ALC Director Billy Loague; Hamilton Schools – Brenda Towery and Hamilton Attendance Center Principal Tim Dickerson; Hatley Schools – Misty Powell and Hatley Principal Van Pearson; Smithville Schools – Kathy Dean and Smithville Principal Chad O’Brian; Vocational Center – James Stark and Vo-Tech Director Steve Cantrell.

In other business the following was approved:
• Lump sum leave payment for retiree, Patricia Horne.
• Recommendations – Dave Allen – law and public safety instructor; Kara Burks – Smithville first grade; Judy Morgan – home pre-Kindergartten; Nicole Butler – Hatley assistant teacher; Heather Hadley – Hatley tutor; Laura Huffman – Hatley tutor; Joyce Holcomb – Hamilton tutor; Jordan Patterson – Hamilton tutor; Michelle Wardlaw – Smithville tutor; Katie Elam – substitute teacher; Melinda Burks – substitute cafeteria worker; and Tracey Cockerham – golf paraprofessional at Hamilton.
• Ameresco representative David Spurrier presented the measurement and verification report for the performance contracting venture which the school district had entered into recently. Energy conservation measures that were installed were responsible for $79,722 in savings from July 20112 through June 2012. The contract’s guaranteed savings figure was $65,917, so contract stipulations were met.
• Smithville tech building change order with Century Construction.
• Discussion of possibly donating salvaged Smithville auditorium seats to the City of Fulton, as the municipality is renovating an auditorium purchased from the school system. Fulton had helped Smithville during the tornado of 2011. No action was taken.
• Burn seven acres on Section 16-13-18, Kate Mag Road.
• Burn, spray, and plant approximately 17 acres behind the Smithville School.
• Safety precautions for campuses reviewed and discussed.
• More research is being compiled on possible student drug testing for the 2013-2014 school year (pricing, reliability of tests, validity of tests, possible sanctions for positive tests, etc.)
• Plans for the annual school visits set for Smithville and Hatley on March 4, and Hamilton, Vo-Tech Center, and ALE on March 5. The March monthly meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the ALE, after the tour.