Board of education members and administrators saw a goal of theirs come to fruition April 14 when five long-time school system employees were honored in a special way.
The late superintendent’s wife, Betty Perkins, who said she was honored to be present for such an occasion, handed out the first-annual Jim Perkins Awards at the April board meeting.
Jim Perkins served the Madison County school system for 38 years, 20 of those years (1978 – 1998) as superintendent of schools.
Current superintendent Dr. Allen McCannon said the board couldn’t think of a better person to name an award for service after.
“The Teacher Forum had discussed the importance of showing appreciation to all employees,” McCannon said. “The dedication of Jim Perkins to Madison County School System was an example to all. His name will be used on this award to honor others.”
McCannon said that the five recipients from this inaugural year would have a major voice in the criteria and process for future selections.
Criteria for this year’s award were that a nominee must have 20 years of experience in the system (but not hold the position of superintendent) and that all employees who met these criteria were eligible. There were a total of 17 nominees, all nominated by fellow staff members, parents/guardians or community members at large. From those 17, a committee made up of retired educators and citizens from the county chose five.
The following is a list of the winners, along with information about their careers in the school system and a small sample of comments submitted about them by their nominators.
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