The Appling County Board of Education (BOE) held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, February 19, and during the meeting the low bid of $1.39 per gallon for propane by Sikes Propane was approved unanimously.
A field trip request was granted for Norma Nunez-Cortes and eight high school and middle school students to attend the 2013 Bert Corona Institute in Washington, D.C. at no cost to the BOE. The request was approved unanimously.
Superintendent Scarlett Copeland informed the BOE that Appling County Elementary School (ACES) had been named a Reward School. The school will receive a plaque and a flag from the State Department of Education for the achievement.
Copeland recognized Denise Rooks as the Special Education Teacher of the Year, as well as, Ann Herndon, of Appling County High School (ACHS) as the system wide Teacher of the Year. Teachers receiving the honor at individual schools included Timothy Gardner - Appling County Primary, Lindsay Miller - ACES, Heather Johnson - Altamaha Elementary, Maria Stipe - Fourth District Elementary and Betty Sauls - Appling County Middle School (ACMS).
Copeland recognized ACHS wrestler Demarko Dixon as being the first wrestler to win the State Championship from Appling County. Austin Carter was also recognized as a state finalist.
Carson Carter, Autumn Bailey, Kaley Carter, Morgan Padgett and Sydney Butler, the ACMS Floriculture Team, were recognized for defeating every high school and middle school in the state to become the FFA Floriculture State Champions.
The BOE was informed that on January 28 - 31 the Enforcement Division of the Georgia Department of Public Safety inspected all Appling County school buses. The inspection resulted in only four defects noted in the 56 buses operated by the system. Copeland congratulated Edward Overstreet, Malcolm Hall, J.E. Roberson and Richard Turner on another exceptional state inspection.
Copeland shared that local farmer Jeffery Turner won the Monsanto “Farmers Grow Communities” contest and designated the Appling County Future Farmers of America (FFA) as the recipient of the $2,500.00 donation.
Work Session held February 11
A motion was made to approve the Appling County Dugout Club to finish the block wall along both sides of the field to the corners. The motion was approved unanimously.