MOUNT GILEAD — Citizens, teachers and administrators thanked retiring board members for their service in a social hour before the Dec. 19 board of education meeting.
The meeting was conducted by board President Rhonda Graham, who has served on the board for the past seven years. Board members Ed Kimmey and Joey Powell were also honored and newly elected board members were also in attendance.
In other business:
• Mount Gilead Middle School Principal Jon Grega presented eighth grade student Jersie Preston with the MG Middle School Indian Pride award.
“Jersie is well deserving of this award. It is given to Mount Gilead Middle School students who show a positive spirit. Jersie is an inspiration to other students,” Grega said.
He said Preston shows lots of spirit and has worked hard both in the classroom and on the basketball court.
• Elementary Principal, Chris Kamenski praised the Park Avenue PTO for their hard work and cooperation. The K Kids fifth graders had a successful fundraiser for charities and raised $644 this fall for the Red Cross and children in need.
• Kamenski described the new Reading Action plan to improve reading skills in the district. He said the program seeks to measure growth and improvement rather than measuring only achievement.
• The board accepted Superintendent Jeff Thompson’s recommendations for employment and Treasurer Tonya Boyd’s Consent actions. The next board meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education Office.