PATRIOT — The Gallia County Local Schools Board of Education recognized a longtime employee of the district, discussed how far the district has come and what the district is looking to do in the future.
At the beginning of the meeting, a resolution of appreciation was presented to Floyd Stapleton, a former transportation employee who served the district for more than 50 years. Numerous friends, family members and school employees filled the room for the recognition and attended a reception in Southwestern Elementary’s cafeteria immediately afterward.
“When I started here back in March, one of the first questions I got asked was, ‘Have you met Floyd?’” Superintendent Jude Meyers said.
Meyers read the resolution of appreciation out loud before the board presented Stapleton with a plaque of appreciation.
“Upon the recommendation of the Gallia County Local School Board, whereas Floyd Stapleton has served the Gallia County Local School District for over 5o years — my understanding is 57 — whereas Floyd Stapleton consistently demonstrated dedication, commitment and sincerity with school transportation and maintenance. Be it resolved that the Gallia County Local School Board hereby extends their deep appreciation to Floyd Stapleton for his outstanding, unselfish and exemplary services to the school district,” he said.
Other board members commented on Stapleton’s longtime service to the district as well.
“We entrusted Floyd with everything that had to do with the bus driving. If Floyd said it, we listened. Whatever he said went. We really appreciate it, and we’re going to miss you Floyd,” Vice President Terry Halley said.
Stapleton also expressed his appreciation of the recognition to the board.
“Thank you all,” he said. “I thank you all for letting me work here that many years.”
During the Superintendent’s Report, Meyers spoke about how far he believes the district has come since he began serving as superintendent in March of this year.
“I can give you a pretty good perspective of Gallia County from somebody that hasn’t spent their life in Gallia County. And I think, when you look at the room, most of our administrators and teachers, etc. have all been born and raised here, stay here and lived here. But I can say that because I’ve been a teacher in another district, I’ve been an administrator, an assistant principal, an athletic director, principal, superintendent (in another school district) … I’ve got something to compare it to. I don’t think people realize what a quality administrative team that we have and what a quality staff (we have,)” he said. “We’ve got a strong administrative team. It’s a great team that’s doing great things, and I think it’s important for you to know that Gallia County is doing well. They’re doing some tremendous things, and you’ve got great people in here.”
Some of the district’s progress Meyers cited was the wireless system the schools now have, safety plan and building improvements, the federal food program that offers free lunch to students over a four-year period, expanding post-secondary options for students, establishing an athletic council and implementing the Freshman Focus program, which involves upperclassmen mentors.
“Now that we’re back in session, I’m going to work with building principals. I’d like to get out to the buildings and meet our new staff,” he said.
Other future projects that Meyers said the district is discussing is the development of an arts council, the possibility of opening up a pre-school program and the House Bill Project with VISTA that the board is still examining to conserve energy and reduce long-term costs.
“We’ve been able to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time,” Meyers said. “It’s been a quick five months, but I think (it’s been) a productive one, and we’re moving forward.”