A special presentation came from Board Chairperson, Catherine Favor-Kennedy who recited a poem expressing her care and appreciation for everyone involved in the School District and a call to “put the spent energy into uniting for the improvement of our educational system.”
As a part of School Board Recognition Month, past and present Board of Trustees members were recognized for their efforts in the Fairfield County School system.
Those in attendance recognized were Hayward Christensen, Robert Drake, Josie Gaston, Harold Heath, Rickey Johnson, Catherine Kennedy, Rebecca McSwain, Annie E. McDaniel, Henry Miller, Marchella Pauling, Monzell Simpson and Donna Young.
Not in attendance but also recognized were Davis Anderson, Joe Blackwelder, Natalie Brigman, Rev. Johnny Byrd, Sterleita Caldwell, Kirk Chappell, Rev. Vandell Davis, Diane Douglas, Alfred Hollins, Polly Parker, Virgil Porter, Ervin Sims and Sharon Wadlington.
Each school in Fairfield County adopted a present Board member and presented them with a gift of thanks.
Following the Board recognition came a presentation to Fairfield Middle School student Willie L. Coleman III.
Coleman received recognition from the United States Achievement Academy as a National Honor Roll Award Winner.
Among his other accomplishments, it was noted that Coleman is a People to People Student Ambassador, the Southern Samplers, Youth Coalition of Churches, Beta Club, Chamber of Commerce Award, Citizenship Award, Governor’s Honor Program Award and President’s Club Award.
The audience joined Dr. Samantha Ingram and the Board in applauding the achievement of this young man.
The Golden Griffin Band filled the room to receive recognition from the Board for their accomplishments at the recent Chick-fil-A Bowl where they won 1st place for the Field Show, Overall Outstanding Drum Major and 2nd place for the Parade.
Following some public comments including parental appreciation to the Board for their support of the band, a final recognition was given by Assistant Superintendent of Accountability Kyle Kallhoff to Lonte Moore for his dedication and perseverance in passing the HSAP test.