BONIFAY — Holmes County School District gave Superintendent Gary Galloway and School Board members Gary Scott and Anthony Register a fond farewell at their regularly scheduled meeting held Tuesday, Nov. 6.
“As this is my last board meeting before my retirement I wish to thank the board members for their cooperation and leadership over the past four years,” said Galloway. “I consider it an honor and a privilege to have served with you.”
He then told Scott and Register that he “wished them the best as they too are leaving the board.”
“To Jason Motley, Rusty Williams and Sid Johnson, the two new board members and the new Superintendent, I wish you wisdom and courage as you continue to conduct the business of the Holmes County District School system,” he said. “To the district staff I simply say thank you for jobs well done and for taking care of me, I simply could not have endured without your help. I close with this thought: May God give to you at this time and for always His Peace in your soul, His Love in your hearts and His presence in your life.”
Register said a few words of farewell to his fellow board members as well as the staff and his family.
“First I wanted to thank my family for enduring and standing by me while I fulfilled my dream of working in the school system,” said Register. “We’ve got one of the best school districts. There were a lot of hard times but it couldn’t have been endured with better people.”
He thanked Jerry Dixon as his mentor.
“May God Bless the Holmes County school system and God Bless Holmes County,” said Register.
Scott also gave a farewell.
“I appreciate the folks at the schools for all their hard work and making this such a great place to work for,” said Scott. “I thank my family and I thank God for the strength, wisdom and Grace to take on the many challenges we have faced over the years.”
During the hearing of the public, resident and bus driver Jay Marsh approached the school board.
“I haul 55 to 60 children every day,” said Marsh. “Now I’ve got two 3-year-olds taking up four seats with car seats and I have to leave my seat to tend to these children, which one messed his diaper this morning. I don’t think 3-year-olds should be on a normal bus.”
He explained that in bus procedure that if he leaves his seat he has to turn off the bus and pocket his key, however the authorities over him prefer him not to leave his seat because if he leaves his seat, having had turned off the bus, then the cameras would also turn off and that creates liabilities.
“Unfortunately we’re living in times where this is more likely going to be happening more often,” said Motley.
The School Board approved of the 2012-2013 Annual Health Department funds request of $55,000, which was already included in this year’s budget.
The School Board also approved of Overnight/Out of state trips for Poplar Springs’ eighth grade Future Farmers of America Club to compete in State Forestry on Nov. 15 and 16 in Perry; Bethlehem School’s sixth, seventh and eighth grade Jr. Beta Club to attend the Jr. Beta State Convention Competition on Dec. 1 through Dec. 4 in Orlando; and Poplar Springs Middle School’s fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade Jr. Beta Club to attend the Jr. Beta State Convention Competition on Dec. 1 through Dec. 4 in Orlando.
The School Board approved of hiring Gregory A. Sallas as Social Studies Teacher at Ponce de Leon High School for the 2012-2013 school year; accepting the resignation for retirement purposes Marceline Smith, custodian at Bethlehem High School, effective Oct. 31, 2012, Barbara Patrick, teacher at Holmes County High School, effective Dec. 31, 2012 and Marie Taylor, receptionist at BHS, effective June 30, 2013; amend the ending date on Medical Leave of Absence on Glenda Stafford, Lunchroom Manager at Ponce de Leon Elementary School, to beginning Aug. 16, 2012 and ending March 22, 2013; Medical Leave of Absence for Kathy Cullifer, Lunchroom Worker at PDLE, starting Oct. 1, 2012 and ending Nov. 30, 2012; Medical Leave of Absence for Allie Williams, Custodian at BHS, beginning Oct. 16, 2012 and ending Dec. 20, 2012; Medical Leave of Absence for Tammy Harrison, Lunchroom Worker at BHS, beginning Oct. 29, 2012 and ending Nov. 18, 2012; and to add Marcia Jernigan, MIS Director, to the DROP beginning Jan. 1, 2013.
The next regularly scheduled Holmes County School District meeting is set for 9 a.m. on Nov. 20 at the Holmes County School District Office.