By CLINT FOSTER
Tuesday evening was a special night for the Mineral Wells ISD Board of Trustees, despite the label of a “regular meeting” at the District Services Complex.
Students and faculty from all over the school district celebrated School Board Appreciation Day, with many offering presentations in honor of the men and women who sacrifice so much of their time to the board for the benefit of the youth of Mineral Wells.
The evening began with a spotlight on Lamar Elementary School and their reading workshop. Students Caitlyn Jorgensen, Mylie Sanchez and Caroline Shoemaker led the room in the pledges of allegiance to the US and Texas flags and then read short stories for the school board they wrote as part of the school’s workshop.
Next, students from Mineral Wells High School, led by Principal Jon Almeida, presented the school board with a framed collage in the image of the Ram logo, titled “3,326 Reasons Why” and gave each member a gift basket.
The collage featured photos of each and every one of the 3,326 students in MWISD.
The school board also heard presentations from each school’s librarian and Superintendent Dr. Gail Haterius presented the District’s Certificate of Appreciation to the board.
Finally, Lamar Elementary School Principal Melissa Murphy unveiled brand new portraits for board members Greg Malone and Sunny Gail Lee to join the existing portraits of Haterius and the other board members in the District Services Complex. Like the existing portraits, the new ones were done in a mosaic style by the students of Leslie Barham and Sabrena Potts at Lamar Elementary.
Before presenting her “Hearts and Hands” certificates to the board, Dr. Haterius read the following:
“School board members donate many hours of their time – preparing for meetings, attending meetings and attending school-related functions and events,” she said. “The word ‘donate’ is an important one in that sentence; school board members are volunteers, receiving no pay for the work they do to help our school district. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their willingness to serve.