2011-11-24 / Local & State

Three Leaving So. Fulton Board

Dwight Bard, Donald Whiteside and Kenny Wuertenberg recognized at meeting
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz

Three outgoing members of the Southern Fulton School Board were recognized by top administrator Superintendent Kendra Trail last Tuesday evening for their years of service and dedication to the taxpayers and student body.

Trail kicked off the brief presentation with Donald Whiteside, who has logged 14 years as a school board director. In his very last meeting on November 15, Whiteside said it’s not only been pleasurable but interesting working with the different board members over the years. He said in looking at student achievement and PSSA results at Southern Fulton, he always likes to think the board in some small way helped to contribute to this achievement.

Having spent 10 years as a board member, current President Kenny Wuertenberg said his time has been pleasant for the most part even though the job itself is not always easy. Wuertenberg said directors put in a lot of hours and may even get testy with one another, but they always leave the meetings knowing they are truly friends. The job is about reaching common ground and finding solutions, he concluded.

A “staple on the board for many years,” the superintendent announced Dwight Bard has had 16 years of service with 11 in the capacity of board president. Bard told Trail and the board he appreciates the opportunity to work with each and every one of them. Highlights of his time include student achievement and putting aside money to take care of existing debt.

“We didn’t always agree,” Bard said. “It’s a tough job and there are tough times coming ... .”

In other matters heard last Tuesday, elementary Principal Theresa Corle recognized students Elizabeth and Liam Flaherty, Josh Stocker and Cooper Grove for reaching the 85th percentile in all five areas of the Presidential Physical Fitness Program. Elizabeth Flaherty is a three-time consecutive winner, while older brother and sixthgrader Liam holds the distinction of being a seven-time winner. Grove has earned the award on six occasions, and Stocker logged his first award win in the fall of 2011.

The board gave a second nod of approval to 15 different policies ranging from special education programs and discipline of students with disabilities to assignment and transfer of administrative employees.

A revision was approved for a section of the Fulton County Area Vocational-Technical School Articles of Agreement. The change pertains to prorating capital expenditures.

January 20, 2012, was designated a half Act 80 day for the purpose of conducting anti-bullying training. In a follow-up motion, the board agreed to make changes to the 2011-12 elementary student handbook regarding “bullying sanctions.”

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