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District One announces support staff employees of the year

Front row: Donna Larch, Dawn Ryan, Polly Burns,  Ann Fowler, Sharon Downey, Carrie Thomas; Back Row: James McKinney, Thomas Miller, Scottie Gosnell, District One Schools Superintendent Ron Garner, Rhonda Jackson and Margaret Greer. (Not available at time of photo: Shirley Morris-H.B. Swofford Career Center) (photo submitted by Paula Brooks)

Front row: Donna Larch, Dawn Ryan, Polly Burns, Ann Fowler, Sharon Downey, Carrie Thomas; Back Row: James McKinney, Thomas Miller, Scottie Gosnell, District One Schools Superintendent Ron Garner, Rhonda Jackson and Margaret Greer. (Not available at time of photo: Shirley Morris-H.B. Swofford Career Center) (photo submitted by Paula Brooks)

Each year, each school and the District One administrative office select a support staff employee of the year.

The selection is made by fellow faculty and staff members. Selection criteria includes: professionalism, dedication, ability to work well with peers, a team worker and a positive attitude.

“Our support staff is the ‘heart’ of the school,” said Superintendent Ron Garner. “They provide so many of the important things that our students and staff need to make a school a warm, caring place.  They epitomize what a quality, student-centered school district should be about. This year’s Support Staff of the Year includes nurses, custodians, and cooks in the cafeteria, school resource officers, teacher assistants, and office staff. These great people provide support, safety, love, care, nutrition, a clean building and so much more by their presence in our schools and offices.”

The 2013-2014 support staff employees of the year were honored by Garner and district administrators at a recognition dinner at Landrum High School and also by the board of trustees at the February 2014 Board of Trustees meeting.

The support staff employees of the year are

Donna Larch-O.P. Earle Elementary; Dawn Ryan-Inman Elementary; Polly Burns-Inman Intermediate; Ann Fowler- District One Schools Administrative Office; Sharon Downey- New Prospect Elementary; Carrie Thomas- Mabry Middle School;James McKinney – Landrum High School; Thomas Miller – Campobello-Gramling School; Scottie Gosnell – Holly Springs-Motlow Elementary; Garner; Rhonda Jackson-Landrum Middle School; Margaret Greer-Chapman High School and Shirley Morris-H.B. Swofford Career Center.

– article submitted by Paula Brooks