The Holly Springs School District held its 2011 Academic Achievement Recognition Program recently where the district recognized staff, teachers and students for outstanding performance over the last year.
Selected for Parent of the Year for the district overall was Deputy Bernita Fountain, who was also selected as parent of the year by the Holly Springs Intermediate School principal Debbie Jeffries. Other parent of the year awards went to Angela Isom (primary school), Sheila Walton (junior high), Sharon Crane (high school) and Korene Marion (Career and Technical Center).
Students who made high marks on the Mississippi subject area tests in algebra I and biology received certificates of appreciation. And several team teachers received plaques for their working together on the State Assessment Testing Program in the various disciplines.
District superintendent Irene Walton-Turnage said the main goal of the evening was to assure that students are recognized for their accomplishments. Parents and students, as well as faculty, staff and administrators, were served dinner.
School board trustee Margaret DeLashmit presented greetings and gave the cooks high marks for the evening as well.
“The board is really concerned about you,” DeLashmit said to the students and staffers. “We are so proud of you. You don’t see much of us, but we know about you. Greetings from the board.”
Paul Lampley, who has served as chairman of the school board the last two years, said working with the district has been a joy.
School board trustee Fergenia Hood saluted the superintendent for her hard work and leadership style.
“She’s gaining recognition across the state,” Hood said.
Hood also celebrated the school district’s principals for their support of the teachers, students and staff for teaching students to reach for higher heights amid criticisms in recent years of student achievement.
Today, Holly Springs High School, Junior High are rated successful while the “Intermediate School is putting up a good fight” to improve its ratings, Hood said.
“What affects one person directly affects all indirectly,” Hood said. “We will continue to work to make sure our school district is one of the best in the state.”
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