FORT VALLEY — Candidates for Peach County’s Teacher of the Year were recognized at the board of education meeting Tuesday.
Gina Clark, a chemistry and Advanced Placement chemistry teacher at Peach County High School, was named the system’s Teacher of the Year in a surprise announcement Nov. 20, during which she received flowers and balloons from principal Bruce Mackey and Superintendent Susan Clark.
“I’m very honored. I’m having a ball,” said Gina Clark at the meeting, who also led the Pledge of Allegiance. “I would not be anywhere else. I love Peach County High School. I love my nerds in AP chemistry.”
Gina Clark will apply to become Teacher of the Year on the state level, said Sara Mason, community/parent liaison for Peach County schools.
The board also recognized Nita Keys at Byron Elementary; Charlandria Glover at Hunt Elementary School; Denise Williams at Kay Road Elementary; Vanessa Crafter at Fort Valley Middle School; and Jennifer Phillips at Byron Middle School.
In other business, the board unanimously approved a resolution authorizing a transfer of funds from their 2005 ELOST account to the district construction account to complete the construction of Kay Road and Hunt elementary schools that will open in January.
They also unanimously approved a resolution certifying the 2009 ELOST. Voters renewed the ELOST, which will fund existing bond debt and various renovations to the county’s schools, during the Nov. 3 election.
School board member Virginia Dixon offered a tribute to Hunt Primary School, which closed this year after Hunt primary and elementary schools were consolidated, Mason said. The former site of Hunt Primary currently is serving as the temporary Kay Road Elementary site until the county’s elementary schools move to different locations in January.
Hunt Primary was recognized as a Title I Distinguished School for six years and made AYP for eight consecutive years, Dixon said.
“The staff and principal in tenure deserve a bunch of kudos,” Dixon said.
Students from Byron Middle School also sang holiday-themed songs at the beginning of the meeting.
Board members will participate in their annual retreat Dec. 3 at the Renaissance Waverly in Atlanta, in conjunction with the Georgia School Boards Association annual conference Dec. 4 and 5.
There will be no study session in December.
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