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Jefferson Co. Schools holds ceremonies for personnel

August 28, 2006

Jefferson County Schools held opening ceremonies for teachers and staff Wednesday in the newly renovated auditorium at Jefferson High School's main campus, according to a school system press release.

The morning session was held with middle and high school staff and service personnel, while the afternoon session was held with elementary school staff, and transportation and maintenance employees.

Included in the ceremonies was the naming of the school system's Teacher of the Year and Principal of the Year. The Service Personnel of the Year designee was announced at a different time.

Mary Duke, a first-grade teacher at Ranson Elementary School, was named the county's Teacher of the Year. Duke has taught first grade in the same room at the same school for 36 years, according to the press release.

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A special award was presented to Duke on behalf of Jefferson County Board of Education President Peter Dougherty and his children in memory of his late wife, Sandra Dougherty. The Dougherty family paid the fees for Duke to participate in the Leadership Jefferson County program this year. Sandra Dougherty, a long-time educator in the school system, died this year.

Mark Osbourn, principal at C.W. Shipley Elementary School, was chosen as Principal of the Year. His letters of recommendation from parents, faculty and students said he was an outstanding administrator, according to the press release.

Two people shared the award for Service Personnel of the Year, according to the release. Donna Fritts, Transportion Department secretary, and Janet Harner, executive secretary to the board of education and superintendent, received the honor, according to the press release.

School opens today for most Jefferson County students. Jefferson High School students will not return to school until Thursday while renovation work at the school is completed, according to a school system press release.

Jefferson High School's Ninth Grade Complex, which is adjacent to the high school, will open today, along with the rest of the system's schools, according to the release.

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