MOUNT VERNON — Monday’s meeting of the Mount Vernon Board of Education began with a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and their families.
A more positive atmosphere then took over as a number of individuals were recognized for their achievements and contributions to the school system. Blake Fritz was awarded the high school “Behind the Scenes” award for his 14 years of service. The No. 1 volunteer at MVHS, Fritz, principal Kathy Kasler said, has helped out with numerous athletic, band and academic activities, and his positive attitude, organizational and computer skills have been a boon to the guidance department and the students it serves. The board also issued formal commendations to winter scholar athletes and outstanding boys basketball players, girls basketball players, swimmers and wrestlers.
The high school gave a presentation on the web development course, with students in the class explaining how it has helped them, and members of the high school Robotics Club demonstrated how they developed and operate “Little Bot” and “Big Bot.”
Twin Oak Elementary teachers Carrie Martin, Kristen Campbell, Amy Kemp and Karen Shriver described the “Good Behavior Game,” which they have been piloting since August. They said the pupils have responded affirmatively to the game and positive behaviors both in the classroom and on the playground have increased as a result.
Regarding personnel, the board granted the retirement requests of: Pleasant Street custodian Gordon Biggs, 12 years of service to the district, retirement retroactive to March 31; New Hope preschool itinerant teacher Susan Boss, 14 years; high school cook Vera Clifton, 13 years, retirement retroactive to April 1; Twin Oak fourth-grade teacher Debra Gorham-Marn, 32 years; Wiggin Street Elementary literacy coordinator Victoria Lambert, 29 years; and middle school social studies teacher Lynda Small, 15 years.
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