Retirees honored at board meeting

PRUNTYTOWN—The Taylor County Board of Education honored retirees for their service and dedication to county on Tuesday.

Before the regularly scheduled meeting, the board wanted to show this year’s retirees how much they appreciate their service to Taylor County.

The retirees that were honored at the reception include Jack Greathouse, Ann Weaver, Diane Smith, Willa Jo Mitchell, Rose Biggins and Kay Mayfield.

In addition, Kathy Green, Jeanne Gren, Donald Keyon and Charles McDaniel were not present at the reception.

President Austin Upton called each retiree up to the front and gave them a plaque to commemorate their retirement.

The board members lined up and thanked each person for their hard work and dedication throughout the years and congratulated them on their retirement.

Vice President Clark Sinclair told the attendees that there is probably over 200 years of service from them combined.

“Congratulations and enjoy your retirement,” he expressed.

Board Member Patrick Tucker said that he would like to thank each one of them for their hard work and dedication.

Board Member Melissa Garvin said, “You all have had a profound impact on the students of Taylor County. Thank you and enjoy your retirement.”

In addition, Board Member Douglas Flohr thanked the attendees for their service and expressed that they have had a big impact, that will last for years to come, on the students of Taylor County.

After the retirees were congratulated, they enjoyed cake and refreshments before the meeting began.

After the reception, it was business as usual for the Taylor County Board of Education.

Under the purchase order discussion Board Member Douglas Flohr had a question about a purchase to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the amount of $49,050, to purchased Read 180 an intervention program for Taylor County Middle School and Grafton High School.

Linda Casto, Director of Curriculum/Instruction and Federal Programs and Professional Learning, approached the board to explain the cost and program to the members.

“Read 180 is a research-based program that is an intervention for students who are two or more years behind,” explained Casto.

“Last spring, the board members met at Grafton High School and there were some concerns looking at children that could not read well,” mentioned Casto.

She shared that her and Suzanne Viski had the vison to bring Read 180 to Taylor County.

“We were not anticipating Title IV money, but we received almost $50,000 in funding and we thought now is the time to bring the program to Taylor County,” reported Casto.

She explained that the program is currently used throughout the state and county.

“We are struggling with students at the middle school and high school level. The teachers want the help and are ready to start training to use the program,” she voiced.

Garvin asked how many students will be targeted with the program this year.

“Thirty students at the middle school and 30 at high school,” answered Casto. “Those 60 kids, we strongly believe, are worth this initiative.”

She reported that training for the program will take place in July for teachers that will be using the program as soon as school starts.

Flohr asked Casto what the plans for next year’s program for funding will be. 

“We hope that there will be Title IV funding, it is hard to predict. We thought this would be a good time to implement this program in the county,” Casto answered.

According to Casto, the cost will not be nearly as much in year two. The cost will go down substantially next year because this year’s cost includes the software and materials.

After the discussion, the board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of the program.