Scott County's teachers of the year were Leigh Culver, Lisa Danner and Garry Watts. (Independent Herald photo/Paul Roy)
Scott County's teachers of the year were Leigh Culver, Lisa Danner and Garry Watts. (Independent Herald photo/Paul Roy)

HUNTSVILLE — The 2013-2014 “Teachers of the Year” were recognized by the Scott County Board of Education at the start of Thursday’s regular monthly meeting here.

The district-wide recipients are Lisa Danner, of Burchfield Elementary (Grades pre-K through 4th), Garry Watts, Robbins Elementary (Grades 5-8), and Leigh Culver, Scott High (Grades 9-12).

All three were presented plaques and $150 from the board, as well as a $50 cashiers check from First National Bank, a $25 gold coin from First Trust & Savings Bank, a $25 cashiers check from People’s Bank, $20 gift certificate from Fireside Restaurant, $50 credit on electric bill from Plateau Electric, Caller ID service from Highland Telephone, one-year subscriptions from both local newspapers, a corsage from Milford’s Flower Shop, and a T-shirt, school flag, decals and other keepsakes from Walgreens.

By virtue of being selected by their fellow teachers from throughout the school system, all three automatically advance to the regional level of competition for “Teacher of the Year” honors in East Tennessee.

Prior to the presentation of their awards, the board recognized them as well as all other building-level “Teachers of the Year,” which included:

Burchfield — Amanda Bradley, Grades 5-8;

Fairview — Joni Lowe, Grades pre-K to 4th; and Marsha Sharp, Grades 5-8;

Huntsville Elementary — Lisa Sexton, Grades pre-K to 4th.

Huntsville Middle — Jeni Parker, Grades 5-8;

Robbins — Dawn Huckeby, Grades pre-K to 4th; and,

Winfield — Shellia Kidd, Grades pre-K to 4th, and Hope Reynolds, Grades 5-8.

Also singled out for recognition by the board were the January and February STAND and Chamber of Commerce “Students of the Month” at Scott High, seniors Austin Lowe and Makayla Yancey.

Lowe is the son of Dewayne and Janet Lowe of the Smoky Junction community, who plans to attend an auto diesel school following graduation.
Yancey, daughter of Misty Yancey Boles of Winfield, plans to attend Tennessee Tech in Cookeville and study to become an advocate for children.

In addition, three “Volunteers of the Month” were recognized by the board: Andrea Strunk, Burchfield Elementary; Yolanda Davis, Huntsville Elementary; and Mary Sexton, Winfield Elementary.

In other business Thursday, the board:

• Voted to renew a one-year service agreement with Anderson Chemical Co. to maintain the water treatment program at Scott High for the sum of $2,185;

• Approved a continuation of the planning process with Upland Design to install safety measures at Burchfield, Fairview, Huntsville Elementary and Middle, and Winfield schools through funding provided by the “Safe Schools” program;

• Authorized out-of-state and/or overnight school trips for the Fairview boys basketball and cheerleaders for trips to Pigeon Forge (retroactive for Feb. 7-8); and for Scott High’s band for a trip to Hiawassee College Feb. 21-22;

• At the request of Foodservice Director Paulette King, the board approved a design agreement between the school system and Palmer Hamilton, LLC, “Innovative Cafeteria Solutions, in the amount of $5,000 for designs at the Winfield and Fairview schools. And, in a separate motion, authorized completion of design for the Huntsville Elementary and Middle School cafeteria; and,

• As part of the filing for funds through the FCC E-Rate Program, the board voted to renew existing multi-year contracts with Highland Telephone and U.S. Cellular for telecommunication services, Tele-Page for wide area network services, and ENA, for internet services;

Director of Schools Bill Hall provided, in writing, a monthly report on personnel matters, which included:

• Hiring Jeremy Carson as a special education teacher assistant at Winfield; Leigh Ann Henry and Keith Kries as soccer coaches at Robbins; and Melanie Ellis as a substitute cook;

• Granting leaves of absence to Caroline Miller, teaching assistant at Robbins; and Rebecca King and Robert Walls, both teachers at Scott High; and,

• Accepting the resignation of Kelly Buttram, teacher assistant at Winfield, and the notice of retirement of Bobby Cotton, custodian at Fairview.