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Huntingdon School Board Bids Farewell To Two Members, Welcomes Electees

by Brad Sam brad@mckenziebanner.com © 2020 Tri-County Pub., Inc.
Posted 8/25/20

HUNTINGDON (August 20) — The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education met Thursday at the middle school, and, for two long-time board members, it was the last such meeting.Jerry …

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Huntingdon School Board Bids Farewell To Two Members, Welcomes Electees

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HUNTINGDON (August 20) — The Huntingdon Special School District Board of Education met Thursday at the middle school, and, for two long-time board members, it was the last such meeting.

Jerry Morris served on the board for 37 years. He was first elected August 18, 1983 to serve out the term of Dale Kelley and has been reelected six times since.

Paul Stokes sat on the board for 12 years, serving two terms beginning in 2008.

Board Chairman Dr. Lee Carter and Director of Schools Pat Dillahunty each thanked the two for their service, and Dillahunty presented each with a Mustang statue.

Morris noted the word “special” in the district’s name and said the word means a lot to him as the community and school system has always been special to him and always will be. He offered a “special thank you” to his wife, Gwen, saying, “I wouldn’t be here this many years without you.”

Replacing Morris and Stokes on the board are Morgan Butler and Shawna Smith, who were elected on August 6. The two were sworn in during Thursday’s meeting by Director Dillahunty and will begin their service with next month’s meeting.

Also during the meeting, board members heard the annual report from Carroll County Coordinated School Health Director Mandy Drewry, delayed from May due to the pandemic. She detailed the organization’s contributions to the schools over the year, including health screenings, walk-to-school days, a teen summit, an impaired driving simulator, exercise programs for all ages and, most recently, touchless water-filling stations for each school.

Director Dillahunty presented options for adjusting the 2020-21 calendar to account for the two-week (nine school days) delay in the start of school. Board members voted unanimously to eliminate an administrative day and use eight of the district’s 13 stockpile days to fill out the required instructional days without extending the end of the school year.

The director also reported district enrollment numbers as of August 20. A total of 1,271 students are enrolled in the district, with 185 of those utilizing the virtual option. She noted last year’s final enrollment was 1,274.

The board approved the employment of Rachel Johns for high school Biology and Sheri Singleton as a primary school educational assistant. The resignations of Paula Colvett and Tina Shands were acknowledged.

The meeting adjourned in just under half an hour.

The board meets again Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m.

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