Dear Friends, This is an exceptionally long email, but I encourage you to read to the end as there were a number of important decisions made at last week’s board meeting. At the first School Board Meeting of 2015, the Board started the year by celebrating students, teachers, and schools with exceptional performance over the past year. Two Jefferson County students were honored for achieving perfect ACT scores. Two teachers were honored for their outstanding work: Suzanne McClung for science and Sara Shackett for social studies. Roughly forty schools were recognized for achieving John Irwin Awards and Governor Awards of Excellence. Congrats to all of the award recipients as the district continues to push for increased student achievement.