During the Feb. 8 meeting of the Dawson County Board of Education, board members took time to recognize dozens of school system employees for their years of service, members of the student services support staff and outgoing board chairwoman Elaine Wilson.
Board members recognized the members of each school’s staff that have been serving in the Dawson County School System for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years. Each educator present was announced by their respective principal, given a recognition pin for their years of service in the district, and the board members shook each of their hands and thanked them for their hard work to make the district what it is.
“It is an absolute pleasure to work alongside the most educators in Dawson County; we’re so fortunate,” Kilough Elementary School Principal Teresa Conowal said during the presentations.
In addition to recognizing each school’s teachers and staff, board members also recognized the bus drivers, maintenance workers and central office staff who have been with the school system for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 30 years, presenting them with pins, shaking their hands and thanking them for their hard work.
The board also recognized members of the student services support staff, including counselors from each school, school social workers and the homeless liaison.
“We’re proud to recognize our Dawson County Schools student support team; this group helps students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents,” Assistant Superintendent of HR and Operations Herschel Bennett said during the meeting. “They partner with parents, they focus on positive ways to enhance students’ social, personal, educational and career development, they work with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can reach their potential and set healthy, realistic and altruistic goals.”
Bennett called each of the student services support staff members present at the meeting forward, thanking them each for their service to the district. They then shook the hands of each board member, who also expressed how grateful for the student support staff they are.
“The comprehensive school counselor program helps increase student achievement and provide needed resources for students, parents, teachers and administrators,” Bennett said. “These people are very important to the success of our schools and they all have very much specialty areas, but if we know one thing it’s that they look out for children.”
Board members also took a moment to thank and recognize outgoing Board Chair Elaine Wilson for her hard work as chairwoman in the last two years. As of January 2022, Board Member Doris Cook was voted by fellow board members to step up into the seat of board chair for the year, and Wilson is now serving on the board as a member.
“I just wanted to say a few good things about Elaine Wilson; she served as our chairman for the last two years and she is quite a blessing to all of us and we love her dearly,” Cook said. “I know that she doesn’t do it for the gifts or the recognition.”
Board members presented Wilson with flowers, and the teachers and other members of the audience at the meeting stood up to applaud her.
“We thank you for the investment that you’ve made on us, we thank you for your involvement in our school system and our community, we thank you for your encouragement as a board over the past two years, and we thank you for your commitment to not only the board but the teachers and staff and most important the children across this system,” Cook said to Wilson during the meeting.