D45 honors students, teachers and staff

Steve Andrews and two of his students present the board a mirror they engraved with the logos of all four schools.

Steve Andrews and two of his students present the board a mirror they engraved with the logos of all four schools.

BES teacher Jackie Williams (right) and three students make a Black History Month presentation.

BES teacher Jackie Williams (right) and three students make a Black History Month presentation.

CLICK THUMBNAILS TO VIEW
Steve Andrews and two of his students present the board a mirror they engraved with the logos of all four schools.
BES teacher Jackie Williams (right) and three students make a Black History Month presentation.
First Byline: 
Jonathan Vickery - Staff Writer

It was a night of recognition during the Barnwell District 45 School Board's Feb. 27 meeting.
Superintendent Jay Grissom bestowed his monthly Apple Awards to Burnell Creech and Terry Whitehead.
Creech, a school bus driver, was recognized for ensuring the students in his care are dropped off safely. A lady driving behind Creech's bus witnessed him waiting for an adult to come to the door at one house. When no one answered the student's knocks, Creech blew the horn until an adult came to the door. "Our bus drivers do incredible things like that," said Grissom, though "a lot of times it goes unnoticed."
Grissom commended Whitehead, a maintenance worker, for going above and beyond his duties after the recent ice storm. Whitehead worked all night Monday, Feb. 17, at Barnwell High School to ensure things were ready for students to return the next morning. "This type of work ethic and attention to detail is commendable," said Grissom.
Barnwell Elementary teacher Jackie Williams and three students made a Black History Month presentation.
Student Donovan Walker shared a story of what life would look like without African-Americans. The story was about a family trying to go through their daily routine, but many things are missing, including a comb, dust pan, lawn mower, traffic light, refrigerator and air conditioning. These are all things invented by African-Americans.
In other news:
•The board approved forgiving four of the five days missed due to recent inclement weather if the state legislature approved a bill allowing boards to forgive up to five days. Grissom said they are concerned about the loss of instruction, which is why March 28, originally an in-service day, will now be a school day.
In the event of bad weather next year, the board approved the 2014-15 school year calendar, which includes three bad weather makeup days. If they are not needed, they will be in-service days.
•Industrial technology teacher Steve Andrews presented the district with a four-pane mirror that his students engraved with the mascot of each of the four schools. Paul Vance and Jamie Thompson, two of the five students who worked on the project, were in attendance. The mirror will be displayed at the district office.
•Haley Bodiford and Desmond Simmons were recognized as the B&B Ford Students of the Month at Guinyard-Butler Middle School. At Barnwell Elementary, Shanija Daniels and Justyn Ingram were recognized for being the Big 7 Association and Boys & Girls Club of Southern Carolina's Students of the Month.
•Grissom gave the board several dates to look at in order to plan a work session. He said they hope to have more funding numbers soon so they can discuss that at the session.