Recognized were Valerie Sanders of Cypress Parks Elementary, Pam Perrett of Pearman Elementary, Kevin Carlisle of the Walter C. Robinson Achievement Center, Jessica Tyson received administrator of the year, Crystal Thomas of Parks Elementary, Sarah Bailey of East Side High School, Demetras Jones of Nailor Elementary, Susan Blansett of Bell Academy, and Brittany Waggener of Hayes Cooper Center received district teacher of the year.
Maurice Lucas, president of the board, thanked everyone for his or her thoughts and prayers and announced that he is now cancer free.
Lucas had been previously diagnosed with prostate cancer and had not attended a meeting since November due to his health.
Lucas was grateful for the kind words and received applause from the board, the teachers in attendance, and the cabinet.
After an update from the cabinet and approval of several items on the agenda, the board went into executive session to discuss a student misconduct, which possibly related to the incident at D.M. Smith Middle School on Friday.
While the details of the incident are unknown at this time, a teacher was taken to Bolivar Medical Center and is now in the Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis.
According to Ann-Marie Parker Brown, her mother Lane Parker, a seventh grade language arts teacher at D.M. Smith, is facing a long recovery.
"I'd rather not comment about the young man. We don't believe that he intentionally harmed my mother. We believe he was simply caught up in the moment. She has four fractures in her right hip. She has a long road to recovery. We do appreciate all prayers and concerns," said Brown.
Cleveland School District Superintendent Jackie Thigpen said, "The district is following the discipline policy as it relates to the incident."
The Bolivar Commercial will have more as the story develops.