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June 12, 2019 Page 5C il porter By Diane Glidewell news@mymcmet Often what keeps a community (or a business, family or school system) great is taking time every so often to remember what brought it to where it is. Monroe County has a lot of daily heroes who stand tall in the minds of those who know them. Bill Querr) longtime Monroe County principal, was one of those heroes, but he is more interested in hon- oring all those who stood beside him. Querry realized a two-decade dream of having a reunion party for all the people who worked with him during his tenure at Monroe County Schools on May 4. The reunion was at the Hub- bard Elementary School gym, and the large gym filled every available seat. Querry and a hard-working committee of eight (Dr. Nancy Brunson, Oreatha Sewell, Raycene King, Betty Merritt, Janice Win- ters, Melody Wilson, Kathy Buck- ley and his wife, Virginia Querry) identified eight groups of people who had worked with Querry to , invite: certified teachers, assistant and substitute teachers, reception- ists and secretaries at the school and central office, bus drivers, custodial/maintenance and lunch room staff, PTA officers, nurses and office assistants. Querry said that all of these people worked together to help Monroe County Elementary, Hubbard Elementary and Hubbard Primary Schools serve their students during the 30 years he was principal (1968-98). "You and I were on the same stage. You played your roles so well it gives me goosebumps," said Querry. "That's why I'm hosting this reunio/1 todayC' He had copies of the 1970-71 Teacher Becky Cawthon and retired at the HES reunion. Hubbard Elementary School handbook to share with those who were involved with the school at that time, as the white and black school systems in Mon- roe County consolidated. There were also copies of "Hubbard is Your School" for the group to sing together. "May I have your attention, please May I please have your attention;' Querry said, recreating a call that attendance had heard many times. "I really can't tell you how thrilled I am you're here today. You gave me the great- est send-off with the 'Ramblin' Wreck!' I'm sorry it took me 21 years to get back to honor you" "There was always a spirit of family coming from Hubbard principal Bill Querry share a laugh Elementary School" said current HES Principal Jay Johnston. "You set the standard. This is a 'thank you;' Hubbard is so much more than brick and mortar. You guys are the ones that laid that founda- tion. Welcome home!" Querry said the brick and mortar of Hubbard Elementary is actually pretty amazing, too. He said he has visited a lot of schools and not many are as well laid out, built and attractive as HES. "When they decided to build a new primary school, we asked for a lot more than we thought we'd get, but there was everything we asked for" said Querry. "Can you believe a gym like this in a primary school?" From thinking about the new Bill Querry, left, joins with the crowd at the HES reunion in singing "Hubbard is Your School." (Photos/Diane Glidewell) school where Querry served his last three years as principal and where the reunion on May 4 was held, Querry reminisced about the first time he met with the teach- ers at Hubbard to talk with them about the schools consolidating and his becoming their principal. "They felt as if they would lose their school. I felt the unique feel- ing in the building; it was a moti- vating force for me" said Querry. "I always liked the Tiger. That mascot captured what we wanted to happen to our students:' Querry said Pauline Walker Moore captured the spirit of the Tiger for him, and he had her illustrate her walk across the front of the gym. Querry said the first time he saw Moore, he saw the essence of the Tiger in her smile, confidence and step. It showed someone who knows who she is and what she's all about, just like the Tiger. Sandy Watson, now the music teacher at K.B. Sutton Elemen- tar talked about being hired by Querry and her first years of teaching for him as her principal. Retired Principal Bill Querry and Dr. Margie Bryant reminisce at the HES reunion. He guided her and supported her through some times when she thought he might not keep her. Now when she goes to Wahnart, she sees students and parents who make her feel "like a rock star." Watson sang "The Wind Be- neath My Wings" for Querry and said "What a privilege to have an impact on thousands of students!" F By Diane GlideweU Monroe County Schools is looking for a Director of Student Services to oversee school safe . The posi- tion will be at an assistant principal salary level (about $75,000-85,000/year) with duties related to safety, student discipline, student health and well-being, With responsibilities for maintaining school safety increasing, Superintendent Dr. Mike Hickman had asked the Board of Educa- tion a couple of months ago to create a new safe schools coordinator job to pull vari- ous aspects of school safety together, from safe buildings to CPR training and anti- bullying programs. How- ever, with the retirement of Dr. Marcy Hunt-Harris, Director of Student Services, he saw an opportunity to re-design that position so that it would cover the need for a safe schools coordina- tor without funding a new position. Some new duties were added to cover safety, and other duties that Hunt- Harris had performed were distributed to other administrators and staff. The board approved the new job description and advertising for someone to fill it on May 28. Hickman said Monroe County Schools will only advertise in-house for the position. "The ones in house are quailS' said Hickman. "We're doing an aspiring leaders program. We have folks ready to do it:' Hi&man has been cover- ing many of the safety duties himself, induding regular safety inspections at each school, but feels that the needs and requirements have grown so much that an employee is needed who can devote more time to safety, such as attending training. The job includes supervising school guidance counsel- ors and school nurses and is the person designated to coordinate with local Emergency Management Personnel, department heads and administrators on school emergency plans and compliance with local, state and federal guidelines, The person hired will work with school resource offices and oversee Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. Duties removed from the Director of Student Services include having Peggy Trammell handle the Spelling Bee. She will receive a stipend for doing so. Assistant Superintendent Alicia Elder will be respon- sible for the Teacher of the Year program, beginning with nominations at the school level. Deidre Powers will coordinate with school business partners. Early intervention will become a schoollevel function. Sandy . Colwell will be responsible for the English as a Second Language program, Jenny Rooks will administer the hospital/homebound pro- gram. Residency verification will become one of Valerie Mercers responsibilities. Hickman said some appli- cations have been received for Safe Schools Coordi- nator. He will notify the applicants about the change in the position. Other positions the schools are advertising are an Industrial- Technology teacher at Mary Persons, a maintenance and grounds worker, language arts and social studies teachers at Monroe County Middle School, a guidance coun- selor at the Middle School, a speech and language pathologist, bus driver, bus monitor, parapro at Sut- ton Elementary, Hubbard Elementary and the Middle School, parent involvement specialist, and a technology support specialist. Personnel actions ap- proved May 28 include six resignations: parent coordi- nator Ginger Maddox (T.G. Scott and MCMS), teacher Amy Fitzpatrick (MCMS), newly hired teacher Natalie Williams (MCMS), para- professionals Amelia Davies (lIES) and Sam Lynch (SPED-GAB) and school nutrition assistant LeEllyn Fitzgerald. Two employees, Pam Da- vis and Lisa Watson, moved to clerical positions at TG. Scott Elementary Bus driver V'ugil Barth retired. Five new paraprofessionals were hired,Tabitha Coleman, Shannon Horton, Anna Keeton, Erin Lyons and Elizabeth Tyson. Monroe County Board of Education -- FY 2020 Proposed Budget Per O.C.G.A. 20-2-167, the Monroe County Board of Education presents the following anticipated budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (July I to June 30). Public comment on the anticipated budget will be taken at a called meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at 5::30 p.m. at the Monroe County Board of Education Central Office, 25 Brooklyn Avenue, and at a called meeting on Tuesfla,June 25, 2019, at 5":30 p.m at the Monroe County BOE Central Office, 25 Brooklyn Avenue, Forsyth. Other State General Fund Funds (Pre K) Federal Funds Capital Projects Debt Servie PY Fund Balance Needed 1,282,180.00 1000 Local 23,261,000.00 3000 State 19,664,990.00 4000 Federal 70,000.00 5000 Transfer tn 816,000.00 500,000.00 56,000.00 3,421,000.00 13,194,932.00 4,750,000.00 400,000.00 2,789,932.00 Total Revenue 44,278,170.00 816,000.00 3,977,000.00 18,344,932.00 2,789,932.00 1000 2100 2210 2213 2220 2300 2400 2500 2600 2700 2800 3100 4000 5000 5100 Instruction Pupil Services Support Services Instructional Professional Dev Media General Admin School Admin Business M&O Transportation Support/Central School Nutrition Capital Outlay Principal and Interest Transfer Out 28,409,751.00 816,000.00 1,183,731.00 500,000.00 1,422,196.00 96,021.00 1,134,070.00 510,205.00 17,142.00 809,657.00 1,264,287.00 2,368,478.00 537,268.00 4,071,797.00 3,829,266.00 31,400.00 13,901.00 2,156,000.00 350,000.00 180,000.00 14,000,000.00 525,000.00 400,000.00 2,789,932.00 44,278,170.00 816,000.00 3,977,000.00 18,344,932.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 2,789,932.00 Total Expenditures 2,789,932.00 0.00 Notes: Local Revenue estimates are based on 2018 tax digest figures; assumes no increase in millage rate. FY 20federal program allotments not yet available; budgets will be amended when they are released i