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Middle school recognitions made at school board meeting

Lonoke Middle School principal Jeannie Holt and assistant principal Rosalynd Kellybrew recognized student and staff members of the month on Monday night during the Lonoke School Board meeting.

Licensed staff member of the month went to Family and Consumer Science teacher for seventh and eight grade students, Tana Miller. Miller is a first-year teacher to the middle school, but not a first year to the profession according to Holt. Miller is a National Board Certified teacher. According to Holt, Miller was given several responsibilities this year. She serves as a mentor for a first year teacher, was asked to lead the elective teachers during their weekly meetings and sponsors the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club.

“Mrs. Miller has helped me so much this school year,” Holt quoted one of Miller’s colleagues. Holt said others said. “Anytime I have a question, she is there to help me find the answer, as a first year teacher, she helps calm my fears and listens to my concerns, Mrs. Miller goes above and beyond to help her fell colleagues.”

Classified employee of the month was Connie Turney. Holt said Turney does an incredible amount for middle school students and the school itself. She said Turney serves as the In School Suspension (ISS) supervisor, along with also being the attendance clerk. Holt said she reads tests to students whom have that accommodation, assists students needing additional help by allowing them to come to her classroom, and provides an opportunity for students to regroup and focus in her room, all while providing support and encouragement but at the same time holding them accountable.

“Mrs. Turney doesn’t have any idle time,” Holt said. “If she sees a need, she is always there and willing to assist.”

Turney was described by her colleges as “always there to help,” wearing many hats and doing many jobs people don’t even realize.

Male student of the month went to sixth grader John Lawson. Holt said Lawson is an outstanding student in his academics as well as behavior. She said he serves as a role model for other students. Holt said, quoting Lawson’s teachers, “John is a fine young man. He does well in class. He is well behaved and is respected by his peers. He is very polite to all the staff and is willing to help anyone I ask him to. He always has his work turned in on time. He is such an outstanding student.”

Female student of the month was eight grader Sarah Vance, who was not present during the meeting. Holt said Vance is an outstanding student both in academics and behavior. Quoting one of Vance’s teachers, Holt said, “Sarah is a well-rounded student. She is friendly and never in trouble. I have never know her to talk bad about anyone. Sara works hard in class and is always willing to help anyone who needs help. I can depend on Sarah to always have manners and set an example for others. Sarah takes on responsibility not only at school but also at home with her younger siblings. She shows pride in herself at all times.”

Also during the board meeting, the board unanimously approved to:

- Accept the bid from Cooper Band Instrument for $18,842 for instrument repairs

- Accept the bid from Arkansas Copier Center for $4,036 per month; no cost per page if annual copies are less than $8,034

- Accept the of Lloyds Lawn Service of $25 per acre for a total of $950 per cut

- Pay the second semester education training fee of $22,750 based on 28 students to Arkansas State University in Searcy

- Contract Bawana Hooper for Special Education testing for the 2014-15 school year for an annual fee of $32,000

- Accept the resignations of Randal Ort as HIPPY Home-based educator and Cyndi Perryman as Administrative Assistant.

- Hire William Huffer as high school math teacher for the 2014-15 school year.

- Accept the retirements of Maribeth Alexander as Primary and Elementary school music teacher, Mary Johnson as Primary school teacher, Linda Tanner as Middle School Cafeteria worker, Deester Value as Middle School Cafeteria worker, Peggy Williams as Custodian and bus driver, and Susan Lilly as Primary school teacher.

The next regularly scheduled Lonoke School Board meeting will be at 6 p.m. on May 19 in the administration building.

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