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kline honored for work on school board

November 25, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

Robert L. Kline was six months shy of earning a 20-year pin when he retired from teaching in the Washington County school system, Schools Superintendent Herman G. Bartlett Jr. said.

But his four years of service on the Washington County Board of Education since retirement earned him that pin, Bartlett said during Kline's last school board meeting on Tuesday night.

Calling Kline down from the school board's C-shaped meeting table, Bartlett presented him with the pin and a plaque in appreciation of "23 years of dedication and hard work."

He quietly said, "Thank you."

Bartlett read a resolution recognizing Kline's time as an instructor at the former Career Studies Center and his part in providing leadership in the development of a strategic plan for the school system and in placing reading specialists in every elementary school.

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Kline thanked those present.

"Everyone in this room had something to do with it," he said, appearing to get choked up.

He then went back up to his seat and said another quiet "Thank you."

He received hugs from school board members and a standing ovation from the audience.

Later in the meeting, County Council of PTAs President Jenny Belliotti presented Kline with a pin featuring a hand holding a heart.

"You may be gone from that seat but not from our hearts," Belliotti said.

Kline, who served as school board president in 1998 and vice president in 1997, lost a bid for a second term on the school board.

The first meeting of the new seven-member school board is scheduled for Dec. 1.

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