2011-10-20 / Front Page

Ken Hayes recognized by board as system-wide Teacher of the Year


The “Teachers of the Year” for 2013 were recognized at the Lincoln County Board of Education Meeting held Tuesday, October 11. Present for the occasion were (front row, l-r) Cathy McWhorter, LCES Teacher of the Year; Ken Hayes, LCMS Teacher of the Year and Lincoln County Teacher of the Year; Carol O’Neill, LCHS Teacher of the Year; (back row) Dr. Robert Williams, board chairman; and Dr. Jeff Carney, superintendent of schools. The “Teachers of the Year” for 2013 were recognized at the Lincoln County Board of Education Meeting held Tuesday, October 11. Present for the occasion were (front row, l-r) Cathy McWhorter, LCES Teacher of the Year; Ken Hayes, LCMS Teacher of the Year and Lincoln County Teacher of the Year; Carol O’Neill, LCHS Teacher of the Year; (back row) Dr. Robert Williams, board chairman; and Dr. Jeff Carney, superintendent of schools. The Lincoln County “Teachers of the Year” at LCES, LCMS, and LCHS were recognized at the regular meeting of the Lincoln County Board of Education held Tuesday, October 11.

The honorees were Cathy McWhorter, LCES Teacher of the Year; Ken Hayes, LCMS Teacher of the Year and Lincoln County Teacher of the Year; and Carol O’Neill, LCHS Teacher of the Year.

Prior to the introduction of the teachers, Dr. Jeff Carney, superintendent of schools, gave a brief overview of the program.

According to Carney, last year, the teachers at each school chose a “Teacher of the Quarter” for three of the four nine-week grading periods. Each faculty then selected its school’s Teacher of the Year from this group.

Next, the system brought in outside judges to determine who would serve as the Lincoln County Teacher of the Year for 2013. The judges reviewed essays written by the candidates, observed them in the classroom, and then interviewed them.

During the board meeting, the three Teachers of the Year were introduced to the audience by their respective principals.

In her remarks concerning the LCES Teacher of the Year, Principal Marilyn Bell said, “Mrs. McWhorter is a devoted pre-kindergarten teacher, who exhibits genuine concern for her students.

“She is energetic, creative, flexible, and patient, and accepts the students as they are, while setting goals to maximize each student’s potential.

“Mrs. McWhorter also has a unique way of incorporating music into her teaching, which makes her lessons energizing and exciting.

“We are honored to have her as our Teacher of the Year at LCES.”

According to Pam Carmichael, principal of LCMS, “Ken Hayes has taught at LCMS for eight years. Before he came to us, he was employed in the manufacturing industry, so teaching is a second career for him.”

Hayes presently teaches eighthgrade math at the middle school.

“Mr. Hayes is a patient and passionate teacher, with a keen awareness of what his students need to know, understand, and be able to do,” Carmichael continued.

“His students’ test scores speak for themselves – for the past two years, their CRCT scores ranked 12th and 13th in the state.

“Mr. Hayes works hard for the students, and his students respond by working hard for him.”

The principal went on to say that she asked Hayes’ peers what they thought about working with him. “One said, ‘I’ve learned a lot about teaching from him.’Another said, ‘He is a man of a thousand words without saying anything. It’s the look he gives you!’ A member of his teaching team stated, ‘I hope he has another 20 years of teaching left in him.’

“LCMS is fortunate to have a teacher like Mr. Hayes, and I am extremely proud to be his principal,” Carmichael stated.

Commenting on math teacher Carol O’Neill, Howie Gunby, LCHS principal, said, “I have observed Mrs. O’Neill in the class room – she is top notch, the best of the best.

“Her students say she is dedicated, caring, and a joy to be around, and she does everything she can to help them. She doesn’t clock out at 3:30 p.m.

“Henry Madden, our assistant principal, noted that Mrs. O’Neill is punctual, professional, dedicated, and knowledgeable about the subject matter. He said, ‘She goes above the call of duty before and after school, tutoring to make sure her students are successful. Always with a smile, every task that is asked of her is completed in a prompt manner.’

In closing, Principal Gunby said, “It is with pride that I introduce Carol O’Neill as the LCHS Teacher of the Year.”

Each Teacher of the Year was rewarded with a round of applause from the audience as well as a cash award and an engraved glass keepsake from Dr. Robert Williams, chairman of the board.

At this point in the meeting, Dr. Carney announced that Hayes had been selected as the system-wide Teacher of the Year, and the gifted educator received a standing ovation from those in attendance. Dr. Williams presented him with an engraved glass plaque and a cash award.

Likewise, Hayes’ name will be added to the plaque containing the names of past system-wide Teachers of the Year, which is on permanent display at the board office.

He will go on to represent Lincoln County in the state Teacher of the Year competition.

The Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by the Scott Castillo Memorial Fund.

In other business, the board:

Reviewed the financial reports for the General Fund for the period from July 1, 2011, through September 30, 2011; the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) Summary Fund through September 30, 2011; and the Construction Fund through September 30, 2011.

Concerning the SPLOST Fund, comptroller Kaye Bufford said, “The two bond payments in October left us with a negative Fund Balance. Hopefully, enough property taxes and SPLOST revenues will come in to pay back the General Fund.”

Approximately $67,000 in SPLOST monies were collected last month. The amount was more than the system received in August but less than what was collected in September of 2010.

“However, we’re still within budget,” said Bufford.

Discussed problems with the roof leaking at the new high school building.

According to Principal Gunby, “The roof on the auditorium has been fixed, but we’re finding more leaks as a result of the rain we’ve had today.”

The roof is currently under warranty.

Voted to purchase a 2012 60- passenger bus for $80,145 from the Rush Truck Center. The state will pay $76,200 of the amount, leaving a balance of $3,945 for the school system.

Voted to auction off two 1995 school buses using L.W. Benton Inc., an on-line auction company. The vote was 3-1, with Denise Freeman voting against the motion.

Voted to replace the outdated network switches, which are close to 10 years old, and wireless access at LCES at a cost of $54,231.76. The low bid was submitted by Office Xpress.

The purchase was included in this year’s budget.

It was further agreed to discuss replacing the switches and wireless access at the middle school at a later date.

Voted to approve requests for overnight field trips. The motion carried 3-1, with Freeman abstaining from the vote.

Heard the first reading of revisions to the Board Advisory Committees Policy, the Inoculations Policy, and the Use of School Facilities Policy.

Heard the second reading of the Online Learning Policy. The policy was approved as read.

Heard the second reading of revisions to the following policies: Organizational Chart, School Wellness, and Extended Day Program. The motion carried 3-1, with Freeman abstaining from the vote.

Held a review of the Complaints and Grievances Policy. No changes were made.

Voted to delete the following policies: Certified Employee Complaint Form, Complaint/Appeal Disposition Form, Complaint Appeal Form, Field Trip Permit, and Teacher Application for Field Trip Approval and convert them into procedures.

Heard Superintendent Carney give a brief overview of the Lincoln County 20/20 Vision Plan. Representatives of the school system, parents, students, and individuals from the community will be holding a series of meetings to define the community’s beliefs about learning and to formulate a vision and a mission statement for the system.

“We are issuing an open invitation for anyone to attend these meetings,” said the superintendent.

The beliefs, the vision statement, and the mission statement will be presented to the board at its regular meeting in February of 2012.

Voted to enter into executive session to deliberate upon the employment of personnel. Upon returning to regular session, the board:

Voted to accept the resignation of Melynda Poss from her position as school nurse.

Voted to approve Andrea Baker, Lee Elam, and LaVina Marlow to serve at the will of the board as substitute secretaries.

Voted to approve LeAnne Hill, Deborah Tutt, and Sharae Stephens to serve at the will of the board as substitute school nurses.

The next regular meeting of the board will be held Tuesday, November 8, at 7 p.m. at the board office on Metasville Road.

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