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Troup County School Systems Honors Students And Staff Members

This past Thursday night, March 16, the Troup County School Board held another of their regular scheduled meetings. Before the meeting started, the Board had the opportunity to recognize and honor many students and staff including the newly selected Teacher of the Year for the 2017-18 school year.

Troup County middle and high school students participated in the annual Optimist International Essay and Oratorical Contest earlier this year. Amy West of Gardner Newman Middle School was the winner of the Essay Contest. Over 100 students presented essays for the contest using the topic provided “Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenges.” “What the World Gains from Optimism” was the topic on which all students spoke during the Oratorical Contest. Annie Pauley, Gardner Newman Middle School and Nathan Fritchley, Gardner Newman Middle School were first place winners in the Oratorical Contest. These students will proceed to the next level of competition and represent Troup County School System in the Area Competitions.

Next, all the principals from the high schools, Mr. Jonathan Laney of Callaway High, Mr. Alton White of LaGrange High, and Mr. Chip Medders of Troup High, all came forward. The Georgia Department of Education recently named the Advanced Placement (AP) Honor Schools. All three Troup County School System high schools received the distinguished honor of being named an AP School. Callaway High, LaGrange High and Troup High were named to both the AP Stem Schools and AP Stem Achievement Schools listing. Callaway High received two additional honors – AP Challenge Schools and AP Humanities Schools.

Elementary principals, Mr. Jack Morman, Ms. Christina Grace, Dr. LaRoyce Sublett, Mr. Bret Bryant, Dr. Linda Wood and Ms. Jan Franks, were all asked to come forward next. The Troup County School System received some great news when the Georgia Department of Education released the Reward Schools listing this month– six local elementary schools were named as 2016-2017 Title I Reward Schools. Last year two were named.

Two of the Highest-Performing Schools were Hollis Hand Elementary School with Principal Jack Morman and Rosemont Elementary School with Principal Christina Grace.

The Highest-Progress Schools Berta Weathersbee Elementary School with Principal Dr. LaRoyce Sublett, Hogansville Elementary School with Principal Bret Bryant, Long Cane Elementary School with Principal Dr. Linda Wood, and West Point Elementary School with Principal Jan Franks.

These schools and districts are working against the odds to provide opportunities for their students,” State School Superintendent Richard Woods said. “These excellent outcomes translate into changed lives for thousands of students, and I can’t overstate how proud we are of all those who worked to make them happen.

Next, the following Troup County School Bus Shop Crew came to the front of the room: Dale Noles, Charles Smith, Charles Bain, Shannon Barnes, Eddie Battle, Brad Coleman, John Cook, Tony Cook,Harvey Davidson, Andrea Evans, Will Lacy, Frank McGhee, Danny Searels, Scott Simmons, Ebenezer Sanni-Osomo, Jason Smith, Chris Watts, and Steve Williams These dedicated employees completed their annual State School Bus Inspection with a 99% first time passing. It was noted that the one bus that did not pass in the first round had a bulb to go out during the inspection. The bulb was immediately replaced and the bus passed! Officer Tolbert, who conducted the inspection, stated that Troup County is in the Top Three in the State of Georgia for having such well-maintained buses. Congratulations and thank you for providing safe and secure transportation for our students each day.

Diane Pain, Holly Schweinsberg, Brittney Berling, Shannon Poe, Carol Lewis and Donna Townsend from the nutrition department were up next. This past month, the School Nutrition Department successfully completed the State of Georgia’s Administrative Review of the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. There were no findings in any of the critical areas of review. Sponsor Level Commendations were given to Diane Pain, Director of School Nutrition, Holly Schweinsberg, School Nutrition Bookkeeper, and Brittney Berling, Chartwell Resident Dietitian. The state auditors choose one elementary, one middle and one high school to conduct internal audits. Site Level Commendations were given to the school nutrition managers participating in the site audits which includes Shannon Poe at Whitesville Road Elementary, Carol Lewis at Long Cane Middle, and Donna Townsend at Troup County Comprehensive High. Congratulations to the Nutrition Department on an outstanding audit.

The School Board then recognized the following employees who have recently completed 30 years of service with Troup County School System. These dedicated employees reach out to our students each day. Several of the honorees cannot be present that night, however, the board still recognized them and their schools by calling their names. They each received a ‘Shop at Home’ Chamber gift certificate: Zelma Brock, 30 Years TCSS / 44 Total, West Point Elementary, Travis Tucker, 30 Years, Transportation, Joyce Richardson, 30 Years, Hogansville Elementary, and Ann Herrin, 30 Years, Rosemont Elementary. Thank you for your many years of service to Troup County School System.We appreciate you!

The night before at the Annual Teacher of the Year Reception, the board honored all 25 school Teacher of the Year winners. They also had the privilege of announcing the system level winner. This exemplary educator was selected from a group of 25 outstanding Teacher of the Year nominees. The board then presented Ms. Kayla Yeargin, 9th grade Accelerated Algebra 1 and Algebra 1at Troup High School, to the group as the Teacher of the Year for 2017-2018.

In addition to being the TCSS Teacher of the Year, she will also represent Troup County School System in the 2018-2019 State Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the Georgia Department of Education. The board will proudly add her photograph to our Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame here in the Board Room. Thank you, Ms. Yeargin, for setting a standard of excellence in teaching in the Troup County School System.

Next up, Corrine Hodges and Stuart Countess of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG), Mr. Chip Medders, Troup High School Principal, Steven Webb Automotive Teacher and automotive students Ryan Aaron, Hunter Cauthen and Ben Wright all came forward. KMMG is providing Troup County School System and Troup High School a check for $5000 to help purchase an Advanced Diagnostic Center for the Automotive Lab at Troup High School. This piece of equipment will be used by students to diagnose and repair vehicles which will support the curricular requirements for the Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair and the Automotive Service Technology Pathways. There were three students from the automotive program there that night that have represented Troup High School through SkillsUSA Competition:

• Ryan Aaron- 1st place Local SkillsUSA Competiton 2016-17, Competed at State SkillsUSA 2015-16 school year.

• Hunter Cauthen – 3rd place Local SkillsUSA Competition, 1st place at Region SkillsUSA Competition in Automotive Service Technology. Hunter will be advancing to the State competition later this month.

• Ben Wright- Collision Repair Technology 1st place Region 2015-2016 school year, Collision Repair Technology 1st place 2016-2017 Region competition The Troup County School System and Troup High School thank you for your generous donation to the Automotive Lab.

This week has been proclaimed School Board Appreciation Week in Georgia and Troup County School System has joined in the statewide celebration that salutes the efforts of local school board members. Citizens elect board members to represent the community on education matters and to set the vision for the school system. Our board spends countless hours fulfilling its responsibilities and working together to continually improve school operations for students and staff. Our Board is also a designated Board of Distinction which is recognized by the Georgia School Boards Association:

• District 1-Rev. Allen Simpson, Board Vice Chair -Board member since 2012

• District 2 – Kirk Hancock-Board member since 2017

•District 3 – Brandon Brooks –Board member since 2017

• District 4 – Ted Alford, Board Chair–Board member since 2011

• District 5—Cathy Hunt-Board member since 2017

• District 6—Joe Franklin-Board member since 2016

• District 7–Alfred McNair-Board member since 1988 The students and staff of Troup County Schools presented hand crafted gifts and other special gifts to show our appreciation for the board.