2009-12-03 / Local & State

Vo-Tech Members Recognized For Service

Pictured left: Parker Knepper and John McKee. Not pictured is Edgar Yates. Pictured left: Parker Knepper and John McKee. Not pictured is Edgar Yates. Three members of the Fulton County Area Vocational Technical School (FCAVTS) were recognized for a combined total of more than 33 years of service. At the conclusion of the board’s October 22, 2009, Joint Operating Committee (JOC) meeting, each of the departing board members were recognized. Elizabeth Cheatle said the recognition marked a milestone of special significance in the history of the FCAVTS, with the retirement of an original member. Cheatle stated, “Each of these three came to the board with dedication, participated actively and made a lasting contribution to the FCAVTS, for which they deserve our utmost thanks.”

Parker Knepper of Central Fulton School District was first appointed to the board in 1988 and served a total of 22 years. Knepper was appointed to serve as a FCAVTS board member during its inception in 1988. He served to lay the groundwork for vocational reform in Fulton County, setting standards that will have longterm effects. John McKee, of the Southern Fulton School District, was first elected to the board in 2001. He served a total of eight years. Edgar Yates, also from the Southern Fulton School District, was appointed to the board in 2007. He served on the JOC for the past three years. Yates was unable to attend the October meeting.

Knepper was recognized for his outstanding service to the FCAVTS and was presented with a mantel clock. John McKee and Edgar Yates were recognized and presented with engraved desk pen sets. Each member has exhibited devotion to improving the career and technical opportunities for Fulton County youths. Each member has been as asset to the FCAVTS Board and has supported career and technical education.

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