Jasper City Schools Teachers of the Year honored

Posted 11/10/19

Teachers of the Year at each Jasper City school were recently named and honored.

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Jasper City Schools Teachers of the Year honored


Teachers of the Year at each Jasper City school were recently named and honored.

Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson presented plaques of recognition at a meeting of the Jasper City Board of Education in late October to each teacher honored for their service to students.

This year's Teachers of the Year are Stacy Flanary of T.R. Simmons Elementary; Robin Green of Memorial Park Elementary; Chelsea Byrd of Maddox Intermediate; Wendi Brown of Jasper Jr. High; and Hannah Real of Jasper High.

Teachers are nominated by fellow educators in the school system to be recognized.

Byrd was named the Jasper City Schools District Elementary Teacher of the Year and Real was recognized as the Jasper City Schools District Secondary Teacher of the Year.  

"Let me say how fabulous our teachers are, how fabulous this group of educators are and what they have meant throughout the years and to our community as a whole," Jackson said. "We are proud of what you do and just delighted that you are part of the Jasper City Schools family."

In other business, the school board:

• heard a report on the school system's safety audit from Butch Sargent, the director of operations for Jasper City Schools.

Sargent said there were minor findings at most schools. There was a situation at Jasper High School where a teacher was not present for a brief time in a classroom, however. Sargent said the teacher had gone to the restroom and returned to class while the safety audit was still underway.

Memorial Park Elementary School was the only school in the city district deemed to have no safety concerns.

Sargent said it was recommended that schools focus on safety signage. It is required for information to be posted outside of classrooms on tornado and fire precautions as well as a color-coded plan that would be used in the event that a school's perimeter had to be quickly secured.

The school system was complimented on having a safety plan in place and for implementing the CrisisGo app that sends out alerts during emergency situations.

"There's always room for improvement with safety," Sargent said.

• heard an overview of how Jasper City Schools fared on the state report card from Rita Pilling, director of accountability programs and support services for the school system. 

Pilling detailed each school's individual grade and said the district as a whole had an 89 on the state report card.

"We have an A team and we won't be satisfied until we have an A," Pilling said. "One more point and I believe wholeheartedly that we will be on the A list next year."