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Board recognizes achievements of FFA

By Staff | Jul 22, 2009

The Tyler County Board of Education recognized the achievements of the FFA students at the regular meeting on July 20.

FFA Advisor Leon Ammons reported that students from Tyler Consolidated High School’s FFA attended the 81st State FFA Convention that was held at Cedar Lakes on July 8-11.

In the competition, Rheanna Foley placed first in Homesite and second in Land Judging; Casey Miner placed fourth in Land Judging; Michelle Williams placed sixth in Land Judging and Kelly Flesher placed 11th in Land Judging. Overall, the Team won Land Judging and placed second in Homesite. The team will compete in the National Contest in Oklahoma this coming May. The Parliamentary Procedure Team placed second and consisted of Foley, Miner, Flesher, Williams, Joe Ferrell, and Nick Beaver.

The FFA members that received their State FFA Degree were Flesher, Miner, Crystal McCoy, George Hilvers, Maggie Kimball, and Michael Cochran.

Miner also placed second in the Extemporaneous Speaking Contest. Emily Wells competed in the Job Interview CDE and Beaver and Scott Ash both was elected to State Office. Ash and Rebecca Rush were recognized for earning their American FFA Degree.

In other matters, Jeff Davis, board treasurer, gave an update on the grants received by the county. He reported the receipt of Grant C 101 in the amount of $333,295. “This is our first Grant Award that we have received this year for the AR money. This is Title One Reading AR funding for the two-year funding cycle,” he explained.

So far, Tyler County has retained one provision from this AR funding. The remainder of the funds will be spent in the area of technology. Davis said, “We got the Special Ed AR grant award today in the mail. The second transfer provision 201 in the amount of $305,964. Every year we place it into reserve for separate funds for projects. We are simply transferring that into projects approved for step seven. This year we are not purchasing any textbooks due to low textbook adoption year.”

The board reviewed the Tyler County Policies regarding several qualifications and responsibilities as well as organizational plans and evaluations with no changes being made.

Additionally, the board moved to approve the employment of Charles White and Earnest Yost as substitute maintenance workers; Jeremy Fletcher and Joe Snyder as substitute mechanics; Herbert Efaw, Charles Henderson, Joe Smith, Gary Hamilton, James Slider, Rachel Stewart, Carl Weekley and Julie Williamson as substitute bus operators; and Matt Glover as driver trainer.

In Tyler Consolidated Athletics, Chad Snider was hired as head wrestling coach; Steven Blake as assistant wrestling coach; Sue Skinner as assistant JV cheerleading coach; Steven Blake as assistant boy’s track coach; Jill LeMasters as assistant girl’s track coach; D.J. Cunningham as head baseball coach; and Jan Wells as cross country coach.

They also voted to rescind the elimination of one special needs bus route, restoring Bus Operator Mike Hickman to his original bus route at his request. They also rescinded the reduction in force of Bus Operator Steve Hamilton.

The next regular meeting will be held on Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tyler County Board of Education Office.