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May 14, 2014

School board recognizes achievement

MILLEDGEVILLE — Recognition of student success and school initiatives was the main focus of Tuesday’s regularly scheduled board of education meeting.

Laurie Wallace of Baldwin High School recognized BHS student Joanna Simpson, who was named the East Central Work-Based Learning Student of the Year for 2013 at the Georgia Association of Career & Technical Educators conference. Wallace shared with board members Simpson’s accomplishments at Baldwin High as well as her desire to one day become a business owner.

“Remember this young lady’s name because you just may hear about her opening up her own business in Baldwin County one day,” she said.

Dr. Sharon Hunt-Simmons, assistant superintendent, along with Traci Lord, Baldwin High School counselor, presented certificates to Georgia Governor’s Honors program nominees.

Charlene Thorpe, Blandy Hills Elementary principal, along with select elementary students gave a presentation on their initiative to get students up and moving through exercise. Students demonstrated their morning workout routines before class and teachers and faculty of Blandy were recognized for their support and participation in the HealthMPowers initiative.

Superintendent Geneva Braziel was also recognized for her years of service and dedication by the Baldwin County Schools Transportation Department. Donald Tuft, transportation director, presented Braziel with a gift basket and balloons as a token of appreciation for her service as superintendent.

“We may not have always agreed on everything all the time, but in the end we both made sure our babies got home,” he said. “You worked hard with all bus drivers, and we’re going to miss you a great deal.”

Braziel is stepping down as school superintendent later this year.

In other board business the board:

• approved consent agenda items discussed at Monday’s work session;

• approved the strategic plan;

• approved May personnel recommendations;

• approved financial reports for the period ending April 30 for all funds;

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