Some of Jacksonville North Pulaski School District’s top staff were recognized last week by the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District as part of their Outstanding Employee Awards.


The staff members were nominated for demonstrating an extraordinary level of job performance, support for students, professionalism and dedication.


The outstanding licensed employee at the elementary level is John Birmingham from Bayou Meto Elementary. Deborah Lutz was selected to represent the Middle School and Katie Roberts is the High School’s representative. Angela Sprow, a teacher at Bayou Meto Elementary, was selected as the District’s Teacher of the Year. Sprow is known to be innovative, student-centered and full of love for her craft.


From Bayou Meto Elementary, Sherry Ottis was selected as the Classified Employee of the Year. Ottis leads the work in the school cafeteria but knows that it is a team effort in serving students and staff.


Titan Service Awards were presented to Kevin Stalnaker, Director of Maintenance, Ava Coleman, secretary at Tolleson Elementary, and Adrienna Williams, secretary at the Middle School.


“The District is very proud of all of the honorees, and our scholars are very fortunate to have such caring staff members to go above and beyond to help all students achieve. Each honoree received a monetary award from the Jacksonville Education Foundation,” according to a release issued by the school district.


The district also announced that he July school board meeting scheduled for Monday has been moved to July 11, because of the July 4 holiday. The meeting will begin at 6 pm at Jacksonville City Hall located at One Municipal Drive in Jacksonville. The meeting agenda will be published closer to the event date.


School board members also discussed that the district partnered with Reading is Fundamental to bring the program, Read for Success, to all second and third grade district students. These classrooms participated in read alouds and STEAM-related activities that have promoted science, technology, engineering, arts and math.


In addition, all district second and third graders left for summer break with eight books to add to their home classroom library.


“Students and families are encouraged to not only stay safe this summer, but also spend time reading together,” according to a release.


Board members also discussed the mix of emotions— excitement, apprehension, curiosity and concern – that often accompany the transition from elementary school to middle school. That’s why Jacksonville Middle School recently hosted a meet and greet for rising sixth graders and their parents.


The event was held for a child who will be in the sixth grade for the 2017-18 school year, and affected students and parents were encouraged to join district officials at the middle school to meet the staff and receive helpful information.


District officials said they wanted to assist students and families by providing the groundwork for a successful middle school experience.