The July 31 program took place in phases, with the first phase reaching out to businesses that have helped the school system in a variety of ways. A representative of each business was presented with a certificate of appreciation for being a partner in education.
Almost all the business representatives left after that presentation with the exception of this reporter, who, at meeting’s end, was very glad she did not.
Curriculum Director Charlotte Foskey handled the first phase and then Board of Education Chairman Ginger Bailey took the podium. Bailey was re-elected as chairman in May and begins her second four-year term in the position in January.
She has worked in the Jones County system for 30 years, beginning as a teacher, and said she still gets butterflies on the first day of school.
“We get to start a new year and we know there will be challenges. But we also know those challenges will be met,” she said.
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