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School officials thank teachers, students and administration for work during pandemic

By Barry H. Hendrix

The coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the Thomasville City Schools District was not far from the thoughts of the school superintendent and members of the Thomasville City Board of Education during the April 28 board meeting in the Thomasville High School Library.

“I want to say thank you to our administration, our teachers and our staff, especially some of our lunchroom workers, who have been in during the (drive-through) feeding time,” said school superintendent Garth Moss. “Our teachers and administrators have done a tremendous job just getting out information to our students and staying in contact through phone calls, texts, and Zoom meetings. They have run the gamut of being able to communicate with our students.

“…I appreciate them…giving our kids the best chance to be successful. These are unprecedented times. Things that never thought that we would see, but our folks have stepped up to the plate.”

“To the administration and to all the teachers, we do appreciate what you do for Thomasville City Schools,” said Sharon Buford, board member. “We would not be where we are without you. The board would like to say thank you for the work that you have done and that you are doing.

“And students – please stay up on your work, because school is still in,” she said

“I appreciate all your hard work,” said Chris Beverly, board president. “This has been a challenging six weeks. We all still have more questions then we have answers. And will have probably for the next few weeks, but hopefully, between now and maybe July…there will be a better course of action.

“I keep everyone in my prayers, and stay healthy.”

“It (the coronavirus) is still out there,” said Marshall Pritchett, board member, who is also an employee at Thomasville Regional Medical Center. “Be healthy, and wash your hands. Sanitize and wear masks. Stay safe.”

In other action from the April 28 meeting, Avery Ford, chief school financial officer, reported that accounts payable for March 2020 totaled $243,862.78, and payroll totaled $754,728.30.

• The Thomasville City Board of Education will hold a special called meeting at noon on Tuesday, May 5 in the Thomasville High School Library. Moss expects to give the board a recommendation on the hiring of the new TES principal. There were 18 applicants for the TES principal position, he said.

• According to information he has received from the state Board of Education, Moss reported that there should be no proration for the current Fiscal 2020 budget. “We expect a bare bones budget for the 2021 school year,” he said.

• The board approved new math graduation requirements, beginning with ninth grade students in the 2020-2021 school year.

• The board approved the recent Child Nutrition Program (CNP) drive through feeding program plan. “We appreciate all the work to prepare these meals and distribute them,” Beverly said.

• A CNP wellness plan, which is updated every three years, was also approved. The plan was reviewed and updated in a meeting with students, parents, board members and school nurses.

• The following personnel actions were approved:

(resignations)

Siedah Banks Sneed, physical education teacher/coach at Thomasville High School, effective at the end of the 2019-2020 school year;

Lindsy Murphy, history teacher at THS, effective at the end of the school year;

Juleigh Stevens, special education teacher at Thomasville Elementary School, effective at the end of the school year;

Sandra Williams, principal at TES, effective June 30;

(employment contract)

Ashley Allen, principal at Thomasville Middle School, two-year probationary contract, effective July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2022;

(voluntary transfers)

The superintendent recommends approval of voluntary transfers of the following employees at Thomasville City Schools, effective at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year:

Cynthia Brooks, transfer from sixth grade teacher at TES, nine months, to sixth grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Cynthia Lewis, transfer from sixth grade teacher at TES, nine months, to fifth grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Janice Butler, transfer from fifth grade teacher at TES, nine months, to fifth grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Darla Lyles, transfer from fifth grade teacher at TES, nine months, to fifth grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Andrea Pate, transfer from seventh grade teacher at THS, nine months, to seventh grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Taylor Matheson, transfer from eighth grade teacher at THS, nine months, to eighth grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Patricia Knight, transfer from sixth grade teacher at TES, nine months, to sixth grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Denita Hankins, transfer from fifth grade teacher at TES, nine months, to fifth grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Megan Brunson, transfer from seventh grade teacher at THS, nine months, to seventh grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Sandra Shamburger, transfer from eighth grade teacher at THS, nine months, to eighth grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Megan Beebe, transfer from eighth grade teacher at THS, nine months, to eighth grade teacher at TMS, nine months;

Flossie Thibodeaux, transfer from sixth grade teacher at TES, nine months, to sixth grade teacher at TMS, nine months.

• The school board will also meet at 6 p.m. on May 19 and June 16 in the THS Library.