Cordele — Crisp County High School’s Future Farmers of America members Keith Melcher, Jake Kelly and Jordan Adkins as well as several other special individuals, were recognized and honored at Tuesday’s Crisp County Board of Education meeting. Melcher, Kelly and Adkins were given a certificate of appreciation and were asked to explain their winning projects. “All I really did was work,” Melcher said jokingly. “I worked at Cook Industrial Electric and I helped my dad. I documented the things I helped him with and he taught me a lot.” Melcher was the state winner in the Ag Proficiency competition for Ag Energy Systems. “I did a construction technology display project to show how to put on vinyl siding. I took it to State and won second place,” Adkins said. “I started taking welding at the beginning of the school year. I took a liking to it,” Kelly said. He was asked to make a welding sculpture to enter in the competition which he was the state winner. He also announced his acceptance into the Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville, Fla. “You just don’t know how good you make us feel,” board member Dr. Erskine Weaver said, congratulating the students. Several individuals were recognized for an Extra-Mile Award. The recipients were the Striving Reader Grant Group, the Blackshear Trail and J.S. Pate Elementary custodians, Teen Maze coordinator Lisa Simpson and A.S. Clark media specialist Beverly Harris. The Striving Reader Grant Group included Dana Ward, Monica Warren, Nancy Rigdon, Stephanie Payne, Lynn Hanson, Joy Edwards, Stephanie Smith, Kristen Stokes, Ron Akerman, Jennifer Abercrombie, Angie Wilkerson, Kelly Shields, Tiffany Relaford, Tina Jennings, Alisa Daniel and April Garner. The elementary schools’ custodians included Rodney Davis, Gregory Fedrick, Sammie (Pete) Roundtree, Nellie Shivers, Linda Wilson, Jimmy Anderson, Teresa Blackwell, Barbara Bly, Kent Hamilton and Ann Rouse. In other action, board members: • Reminded about the Week of the Young Child Celebration this week and received an invitation to the Pre-K Parade and Block Party at Crisp County Pre-K at 10:30 a.m. Friday. • Received an invitation to the Farewell Tribute to A.S. Clark Elementary from 1-6 p.m. May 1. • Approved requested overnight field trips for Crisp High’s DECA members to attend the International DECA Conference May 3-6 in Atlanta, and Crisp County Middle School’s Apple Dumpling Bunch to visit Chattanooga, Tenn., May 23-25. • Approved the class size resolution for the 2014-2015 school year. The Crisp County Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to increase the class size maximums to exceed the current requirements by: 1-7 students in grades K-12 in Regular Education, 1-6 students in English Language Learners (ELL), 1-10 students in Gifted, 1-9 in Early Intervention Program (EIP), 1-10 students in Remedial Education Program (REP), 1-6 students in Vocational (CTAE), 1-9 students in Alternative Education Program (AEP) and 1-8 students in Special Education classes. • Accepted the following surplus item bids: a 1996 Blue Bird 48-Passenger Lift Bus for $2,025 from Craig Huckaby, a 1999 Blue Bird 72-Passenger from Yancey Sales for $5,353.53, a 1997 Blue Bird 90-Passenger from Yancey Sales for $4,858.58, and a 1984 Chevy Flat-Bed Truck from Ricky Dawson for $1,200.
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