Amory parents and teachers honored by school board

AMORY – Administrators were on hand to present Parent and Teacher of the Year Awards at the school board’s regular-called meeting on March 7.

EMILY TUBB/MONROE JOURNAL  HONOREES – Amory School District principals honored Teachers and Parents of the Year at the regular-called school board meeting March 7. Front row, from left, Karen Walls, East Amory Elementary School Parent of the Year; Stephanie Gallop, EAES Teacher of the Year;  Kim Goldman, West Amory Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Christi Carter, WAES Parent of the Year; Brenda Pearson, Amory Middle School Teacher of the Year; and  Christie Kirkpatrick, AMS Parent of the Year. Back row, from left, Tom Higgins, Amory Career and Technical Center Parent of the Year; Daniel Howell, Amory High School Parent of the Year; Masha Laney, AHS Teacher of the Year; Not Pictured Amory Career and Technical Center Teacher of the Year Shirley Moore.

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HONOREES – Amory School District principals honored Teachers and Parents of the Year at the regular-called school board meeting March 7.
Front row, from left, Karen Walls, East Amory Elementary School Parent of the Year; Stephanie Gallop, EAES Teacher of the Year; Kim Goldman, West Amory Elementary School Teacher of the Year; Christi Carter, WAES Parent of the Year; Brenda Pearson, Amory Middle School Teacher of the Year; and Christie Kirkpatrick, AMS Parent of the Year. Back row, from left, Tom Higgins, Amory Career and Technical Center Parent of the Year; Daniel Howell, Amory High School Parent of the Year; Masha Laney, AHS Teacher of the Year; Not Pictured Amory Career and Technical Center Teacher of the Year Shirley Moore.

“You’ve all heard it takes a village to raise a child. We are here to honor two components of that village – teachers and parents,” said superintendent Tony Cook.
The following teachers and parents were honored for their service and dedication: West Amory Elementary Teacher of the Year – Kim Goldman; West Amory Parent of the Year – Christi Carter; East Amory Teacher of the Year – Stephanie Gallop; East Amory Parent of the Year – Karen Walls; Amory Middle School Teacher of the Year – Brenda Pearson; Amory Middle School Parent of the Year – Kristy Kirkpatrick; Amory High School Teacher of the Year – Masha Laney; Amory High School Parent of the Year – Daniel Howell; Career Technical Center Teacher of the Year – Shirley Moore; and Career Technical Center Parent of the Year – Tom Higgins.
After the awards ceremony, Cook briefed the board on yearly reports within the district.
“The number of infractions within the district is down. In March of last year we had 2,247 infractions. This year we are at 1,297,” said Cook, who pointed out that the largest number of infractions are attributed to cell phones.
Cook noted that, while high school enrollment is down, overall enrollment is on the rise and he predicts that within three to five years the district will be discussing additions.
Average daily attendance percentages fell between 93.7 and 96.3.
“ADA bothers me. We have to create a culture where parents send their kids to school. If they have a fever or are throwing up, that’s one thing. However, if they are just not feeling that great, they still need to be at school,” Cook said.
The board discussed gift card incentives for teacher attendance.
In other business:
–The board approved the recommendations of certified and non-certified personnel for the districts’ 2013-2014 school year.
–The board approved nominations to keep Dr. Bill Rogers as president, Mr. Marquette Rogers as vice-president and Mrs. Mindy Brand as secretary.