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Martin makes grade; staff honored

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By Jennifer Caldwell

After undergoing his yearly evaluation by the board, Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, learned on Tuesday evening he is making the grade.

Board members were recently completed forms used to evaluate Martin’s performance in nine areas, including curriculum, leadership, ethics and communication.

Faye Heatherly, board member, took the opportunity to announce that the director had earned an average of three out of four points in each of the nine criteria.

“Dr. Martin’s overall total is a three which is classified as an excellent rating,” Heatherly explained to the audience.

Martin was not the only one to be congratulated for hard work and performance during the evening’s meeting.

Continuing the newly established practice of awarding the I Make a Difference award, Martin had two to present.

For his work in ensuring that all of the 650 new classroom computers placed in every grade three through eight classroom in the system were up and running by the start of school, Jack Cannon, technology coordinator, was presented the first award.

“It’s one thing for me to craft words for what I want to happen. It’s quite another to make it happen,” Martin said commending Cannon for a job well done.

Continuing the recognition for those who have risen above and beyond the call of duty in the name of education, Martin presented a second award to the system’s maintenance department.

According to Martin, without the diligence of maintenance staff in wiring the buildings the computer installation would not have become a reality.

“What they do seems pretty miraculous,” Martin said of the small department’s ability to keep every facility in the system in working order.

Board member Walt Goins was honored by his colleagues when they voted in favor of naming the gymnasium at the newly renovated Valley View Elementary School in his honor per a citizen request.

“I appreciate just being considered,” Goins said as he searched for words to describe his feeling about the honor.

The group also paid tribute to Valley View Elementary School teachers Ruby Childress and Janice Craig for the indelible contributions they have made on the school by naming the library in their honor.