In their final meeting of the 2020-21 school year, the Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education took time to recognize the 24 employees in the district that retired from their positions at the end of what was likely one of the most memorable school years of their careers.
“Each person we will recognize tonight has served Mooresville Graded School District with excellence and a desire to serve,” Superintendent Stephen Mauney said. “The dedication each of you demonstrate to your profession is what makes Mooresville a great school district.”
According to Mauney, the retirees combined to give more than 400 years of service to MGSD and more than 500 to public education as a whole. Many of those were in attendance, with their families there to cheer them on, to be honored by the board.
“I told all the families that we need to know that you are here,” Ingrid Medlock announced during the ceremony. “When you hear your family member’s name, it’s OK to cheer.”
Each of them received a certificate of appreciation and a crystal vase with the Mooresville ‘block M’ emblazoned on it in white.
“On behalf of the board of education, I want to thank you so much for the care you have demonstrated for our students and our community,” Mauney said. “I hope and pray that you will enjoy this next chapter of your lives and definitely enjoy the fruits of your labor.”
Sharon Allen — Five years of service in MGSD
Linda Beatty — Three years of service in MSGD
Helen Brendle — 16 years of service in MGSD
Pam Byers — 26 years of service in MGSD
Thomas Chester — 25 years of service in MGSD
Teddy Culbertson — 13 years of service to MGSD
Virginia Dave — 27 years of service in MGSD
Sarah Deese — 15 years of service in MGSD
Caren Dellinger — Eight years of service in MGSD
Elizabeth DeYarmon — 20 years of service to MGSD
Tauron Ferguson — 14 years of service in MGSD
Sandra Fowler — 25 years of service in MGSD
Teresa Guard — 16 years of service in MGSD
Terry Haas — 13 years of service in MGSD
Belinda Huntley — 13 years of service in MGSD
Jacqueline Justice — 24 years of service in MGSD
A. Robert Rhyne — 13 years of service in MGSD
Marsha Rhyne — 26 years of service in MGSD
Lisa Roberts — 33 years of service in MGSD
Sharon Simpson — 26 years of service in MGSD
Laura Smith — seven years of service in MGSD
Pamela Tucker — five years of service in MGSD
Nancy Turman — 19 years of service in MGSD
Ginger Young — 24 years of service in MGSD
Following the ceremony, the board resumed its normal meeting with staff members delivering reports on various facets of operations such as construction, instruction, and human resources. The board also approved the school fees for the 2021-22 school year, a school nutrition bid, and a new plan for addressing mental health in the district.
The board of education will have one final meeting at the end of June to finalize the budget for the 2021-22 school year. That meeting will take place on June 30 at 9 a.m. at the MGSD Central Office.