Amanda Paiz from KUSA Radio presented Jodi Carter with the KUSA Apples for Teachers Award at the Emery County School Board meeting Wednesday evening.
Carter, a fourth grade teacher at Huntington Elementary, was nominated by former student Braylea Conover. In order for a teacher to receive this award, they must be nominated by a student. At the end of the year, the nominating students are then eligible to win a $100 Visa gift card. All teachers chosen each month will then be eligible for an Apple iPad at the end of the year.
Other board action items at the meeting included rescinding policy JHE because it was included in the JE excessive absence policy.
Emery High automotive mechanics teacher Chandler Peacock requested permission to take five students to New Mexico for competition. Permission was granted as well as commendation for the excellent job he is doing as instructor in this department.
Approval was also given for an addendum to the swimming pool memorandum of understanding in order to clear up the meaning of the memo. Superintendent Kirk Sitterud spoke of his gratitude to the county for providing lifeguards for school activities at the aquatic center.
Approval was also given for the purchase of two new buses for the district and water share leases for the houses the construction classes build at the high school.
The meeting was held at San Rafael Junior High School and principal Doug Mecham welcomed everyone to the school. He told the board the thing he is most of proud of this year is the money raised by the student body to send a veteran to Washington D.C. with the Honor Flight Program. Melvin Gilbert was the recipient of this gift. They have also requested an honorary high school diploma because Gilbert was inducted before he graduated from high school. Action on this request will be taken next month.
After the business administrator’s financial report, superintendent Sitterud announced his intent to retire on July 1. He has been in administration for 40 years and the superintendent for the last 19. He assured the board of his love for education and especially for the students. He cited personal reasons have influenced his decision.