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Blevins School Board

By Liz Woll, 05/11/21 3:31 PM

The Blevins School Board met Monday evening at 6:30pm in the Blevins School Cafeteria. Beforehand, however, there was a small ceremony celebrating several retiring teachers. The teaching careers of Mary Spicer, Pamela Elliot, Janet Cook, and Malissia Tolliver were all celebrated for their cumulative 90+ years of teaching. Superintendent Stephanie Dixon presented those present a plaque commemorating their service.

The meeting was then called to order, and started with prayer, the pledge, and the approval of the last meeting’s minutes.

It was a brief meeting, but there were a couple matters of note. First, with the passing of retired Blevins teacher and active community member Patsy Reece, the Reece Family Revocable Trust has informed the Blevins School District that they are to receive a gift of $50,000 intended to be used for scholarships. According to the Trust’s lawyer, Patsy’s only stipulation is that the money go to students seeking a degree in Elementary Education. The District’s Administration is actively working with the Trust and Patsy’s brother to ensure this money is best used to serve both the students and Patsy’s memory, and they hope to begin issuing scholarships this upcoming school year.

Another issue discussed was Solution Tree PLC. Solution Tree is an educational company that offers professional development focusing on building community and optimizing communication within school districts. They travel to the districts themselves and offer personalized solutions along with professional training. There is, however, a significant price tag on joining this professional development community. Fortunately, Superintendent Dixon got approval to use Title 1 funds, and the school board approved the purchase agreement unanimously.

Other issues discussed include an amendment to last month’s Bus Purchase Bid – adjusting for a much larger bus at nearly the same cost – and renewing the District’s agreement with the APEX program.

The meeting’s minutes can be found on the Blevins School District’s web page.