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July 14, 2013

County schools employees recognized for efforts

What do a superintendent, mechanic and two teachers have in common? All four were honored recently for their achievements on behalf of the Limestone school system.

Brian Stovall, a shop foreman and mechanic for the Limestone School Bus Garage, was recognized by the Board of Education on Tuesday as a winner in the 10th annual America’s Best Technician state contest in Montgomery. Stovall will travel to Seattle in September to represent Alabama in the national competition.

America’s Best is designed to provide the latest in school bus training and highlight the top technician and top inspector from school systems throughout the U.S.

Daryl Adams, director of transportation for Limestone County Schools, described Stovall as “unbelievably smart in everything he does” during Tuesday’s board meeting.

“We need to make sure the state doesn’t steal him from us one day,” Adams said as he presented Stovall with a board resolution and certificate.

Zebbra Green, Limestone’s executive director of human resources, presented board proclamations to West Limestone High School third grade teachers Tobie Craig and Tina Hendrix

Craig and Hendrix led student visits to the Limestone Lodge, which were made through the school’s Learning through Giving character education initiative and the National Schools of Character program.

The teachers were among only 180 nationwide recipients of the Promising Practices Award. West Limestone, which had 18 seniors compile 5,138 community service hours during 2012-13, was the only school in the state to be recognized for the award.

All three school employees received a prolonged round of applause from the more than 50 people at the meeting and handshakes of appreciation by all seven board members and Dr. Tom Sisk, superintendent of Limestone County Schools.

During a School Superintendents of Alabama conference in June, Sisk was the only first-year school chief to win one of four Individual Legislative Action trophies, which is awarded for significant contributions toward public education.

“As a freshman superintendent, I was not expecting that,” said Sisk, who made six trips to the state Legislature during the spring to advocate for public education. “I was trying to speak up for our students, teachers and support staff, and trying to be an advocate for our kids because of the struggles with state funding (for public schools).”

State legislators successfully passed the Alabama Accountability Act and Tim Tebow Act this spring, but came up short in an attempt to repeal the Alabama State Department of Education’s Alabama College and Career Ready Standards.

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