GEORGETOWN — The Georgetown Exempted Village Schools Board of Education set aside the start of their monthly meeting to honor students of all ages for displaying strong responsibility as a student.
Superintendent Chris Burrows invited the students and their families to the board meeting, and read out a note from the student’s teachers for why they were nominated for the honor.
The students honored were Nina Baker, Madalynn Kellum, Anistin Fender, Wesley Sweet, Garrett Ernst, Rachel Gibbons, Ian Mecklenborg, and Daren Knauff.
“Every month we have a theme in the district, and this month the theme is responsibility,” Burrows said. “The teachers and other staff members as the kids go throughout the month, they see students who have exhibited good responsibility and they have helped out in ways that are above and beyond their peers.
“We feel like it’s very important to recognize and honor people who go above and beyond. Number one, I think it’s very important that these guys in the board room connect to the classroom. They see the kids that are doing great things for Georgetown, they see our future…and secondly, it’s to give honor to our families that invest in our kids. For you parents, grandparents, and maybe relatives that give these kids their foundation and allow us to educate your children, we thank you and we honor you.”
The Board of Education also honored a pair of employees, both administrative assistants, for going above and beyond and showing great responsibility. The Board honored Christy Lucas and Karen Colwell.
“Those of you that are in and out of our buildings in early August and mid-August, when these gals are trying to put things together and get the school year up and running, they’re the ones that do it. The administrators take credit for it sometimes but behind the scenes, our secretaries that run our building are really the heart beat of our organization.”
Following the honoring of the students and staff, Georgetown High School junior students Lydia Powell and Cheyenne Kirlik updated the Board on the 48-student strong trip to the Brown County fairgrounds following the end of the fair to clean up the grounds, and presented a thank you card to Board of Education member Dr. Jeffrey Donohoo for buying pizza for all of the students to eat for lunch.
Donohoo thanked the students profusely and said that next year the Board would come in person to help with the cleanup effort and they would all chip in to buy pizza.
Following the students, Georgetown Elementary School teacher Rachel Bishop updated the Board on elementary school field trips for the current 2015-2016 academic year. Bishop said first grade is going to the Cincinnati Children’s Museum, second grade is going to the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, third grade is going to the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History, fourth grade is going to Serpent Mound, fifth grade is going to visit replica boats of the Nina and Pinta in Maysville, Ky., and sixth grade is going to the Omnimax Theater to watch a movie, and go out for lunch afterwards.
During the heart of the meeting, the board approved the latest five-year forecast and monthly financial report, an overnight/extended trip to Washington D.C., a new teacher self-reflection method, created a maintenance worker substitute position, approved PRO OnCall Technologies’ proposal to the school for new phone systems, and approved revised Local Professional Development Committee documents before going into executive session.
After emerging from executive session, the Board approved the hiring of Pete Paul as a substitute maintenance worker, hired Raydina Lillich as a volunteer Junior High School cheerleading assistant coach, approved Michelle Moye, Katie Day, Becky Sanders, Jennifer Williams, Amy Balzhiser, Amanda Watson, Sandy Edmisten, Lori Drake, Michelle Fussnecker, as classroom volunteers, approved the hiring of Joni Kellum as a cafeteria and educational aide substitute and Patsy Lindsey as an educational aide substitute, and approved increasing the hourly rate for substitute custodians to $11 per hour, effective November 1.