State Beta winners recognized
High school, junior high, and elementary Beta Club members who won awards at state conventions were recognized by the West Carroll Board of Education during the Feb. 8 meeting.
Beta sponsors from each school called each of these students forward to receive certificates of recognition for their accomplishments, which included top five placements and some championship awards from a variety of academic competitions at the state level.
Students who were present to receive their awards were: Senior High Beta members Haruna Takahashi, Seth Edwards, Macey Mitchell, Hannah Beth Fowler, Madison Milhorn, Autumn Houston, Lara Zylka, and Mary Grace Milsaps; Junior High Beta members Kalee Coleman, Chandler Rimmer, Jack Robinson, Jace Hammett, Hannah Pinson, Zac Fowler, and Hayden Weaver; Elementary (6th grade) Beta members Carson Cooper, Aubrey Hammett, and Sawyer Jackson; and Elementary (3rd through 5th grades) Beta members Triniti Adkisson, Callie Bryant, Alexander Caviness, Olivia Hays, Kate Jackson, Hunter Malm, Annalise Porter, Kristina Powers, and Chloe Rimmer.
Board chairman William Robinson commended these students and thanked all the teachers and parents involved in the district’s Beta programs.
“The parent involvement is always what impresses me most about Beta conventions,” said Robinson. “It’s just an amazing thing to go and have such amazing success.”
The board also unanimously approved an overnight field trip request for these winning Beta members to attend the National Beta Convention March 10-11 in Gatlinburg.
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In other business:
•The board acknowledged the retirement of child nutrition director and bookkeeper Janet Winchester and honored her for her 33 years of service in the school district.
•A board policy removing corporal punishment from the code of conduct was approved on a first reading.
•Supervisor of Instruction Kellie Medina gave a report on how the over $2.3 million in ESSER 3.0 funding, which the district has already been approved for, will be spent.
•The board gave approval for sophomore band member and trumpet player Luke Gibson to go on two field trips to participate in All-West Tennessee and All-State band events.
•Several amendments to the current fiscal year budget were approved, and Director of Schools Preston Caldwell advised the board that he and financial advisor David Huss are currently working on the new budget.
•Caldwell advised the board that Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has proposed adding another $1 billion to the state’s already $6 billion education budget.
I apologize for just now getting back to you. ESSER 3.0’s for West Carroll Special School District total approved amount is $2,331,749.28.