Lunchroom ladies recognized for decades of service

Posted 4/27/19

Child Nutrition Program (CNP) employees for Jasper City Schools were honored for their decades of service.  Nearly 25 women that make up the school system's CNP were given framed plaques by …

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Lunchroom ladies recognized for decades of service


Child Nutrition Program (CNP) employees for Jasper City Schools were honored for their decades of service.  

Nearly 25 women that make up the school system's CNP were given framed plaques by the Jasper City Board of Education on Monday at their regular meeting to show the board's appreciation for the lunchroom ladies' dedication to the school system and its children.  

"We have some very special ladies that take extremely good care of our students every day, from the time they come to school until they leave, and that's our lunchroom ladies," Superintendent Dr. Ann Jackson said. "They do an outstanding job of really looking after all of the students in each of their schools."

The following is a list of the women who were recognized and their years of service: 

• Maddox Intermediate School: Ruth Ann Quinn (22 years), Jackie Clark (30 years), Cynthia Clark (13 years), Cathy Cummings (four years), Kris Urbanski (four years) and Barbara Chappell (seven years).

• Memorial Park Elementary School: Bobbie Brewer (20 years), Vickie Godfrey (12 years), Lisa Bickerton (four years) and Sherry Spain (three and a half years).

• T.R. Simmons Elementary School: Stacy Weaver (20 years), Annette  Clark (24 years), Darlene Gunter (20 and a half years), Tracey Dockins (14 and a half years) and Myeia Willingham (one year). 

• Jasper High School: Cindy Vanzant (16 years), Donna Burgett (seven years), Marian Gann (15 years), Aleta Gardner (27 years), Renea Jones (13 years), Diane Lamon (15 years), Lisa Seales (12 years), Pat Williams (13 years) and Wendie Willis (one year).

CNP Director Beckie Martin was also honored for having 41 years of service in the Child Nutrition Program and 43 years total in CNP work. 

"We are so incredibly proud of the good job that they do and the good work that they do — just having a servant's heart. Our ladies do that," Jackson said.

In other business, the school board:

• Heard an update on culvert work occurring at Jasper High's football and baseball fields. 

A representative with McGehee Engineering said work began behind the trainer building to excavate up to the gate by the practice field. He said phase two of the project will continue on to the baseball field and will take an estimated two months to complete.

Culvert work was necessary to repair a collapsed drainage pipe in the area that was causing damage to both the football and softball fields.

• Heard an update from Russ Russell of Warner Athletics Construction regarding the ongoing work to install turf at the Jasper High football field.

Russell said work crews have been clearing the field, and drains will be installed soon. The team is also working to address some soil issues.

Rain has caused a work delay, but Russell said the crew is still on schedule to complete the project before July 4.   

"We had an interesting development with the field in that they've uncovered three football fields that keep piling on top of each other," Jackson added after Russell's update. "We have possibly 100 years of wet dirt there."