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The event was the final School Board meeting of the calendar year and the last one for Chairperson Sherrie Allwine and member Payne Kilbourn as elected officials.
Neither had sought reelection to their seats in November. Allwine is departing the School Board after 10 years of service and Kilbourn after three years.
Both are being replaced by newcomers: Mike Rose and Rick Randall.
KILBOURN PRESENTS SLIDES
Kilbourn provided another version of his slide presentation on school performance metrics, this one having been overhauled since he provided it two weeks before.
Though his slides were revised, his statistics gave his familiar message that the school division has been operating under a chronic shortfall.
His final recommendation was that the School Board should keep a running tally of shortfall items the division annually doesn’t get.
He did not address the question of how his shortfall list could have been shortened if Brown and the School Board had spent the $1.19 million surplus they left on the table at the end of 2008-2009 or the other surplus amounts left in each of the previous years.
His slide presentation can be found on our Web site: www.journalpress.com.
ALLWINE ALMOST SINGS
Allwine took a different tack. She summarized her view of her decade of service in prepared remarks, provided below.
She did it with poise instead of blame, with only a smattering of ad-libbing.
“For the last 10 years it has been my honor to serve as the Shiloh District School Board member. Tonight with a thankful heart, I would like to take a final opportunity to share some thoughts on the journey we have traveled together as a school division.
“When I began, Dr. Ralph Johnson was the school division superintendent, Lottie Anderson, Rose Marie Ball, John Davis and Carla Scott served on the board with me. We got down to work beginning with tours of our facilities, tours of the programs in which the school division participates and soon began a search for a new division superintendent. We began the process with a lot of applicants, interviewed many and finally arrived at the decision that Dr. (Candace) Brown was the person to lead our school division into the future.
“Of course, while all of this was going on we were also busy with the search for an architectural firm to help us in the process of building two new schools. That was a process that involved a proposal submission from about 22 firms, a review by many people, narrowing down the choice to five firms, and then in our infinite wisdom traveling with each of the five final firms to see their work. This all took place during the fall months right before and during the holidays. It was exhausting; however, we felt worth the effort. We then selected Mosley Architectural firm.
“Then began the planning for Sealston Elementary and the new King George High School, with months and months of committee meetings with staff, and community members all working together to assess the needs of a growing community and school division. But with all good things, sometimes they come to a stop, which is what happened! The supervisors determined that financially the county could not build the two new schools at that point in time. Everything stopped for a time period.
“The board added two new faces, Dennis Paulsen and David Thompson, and we soon continued onto the daily responsibilities of a school division. Meetings about the budget, the comprehensive plan, board policies and, of course, trying to find space for students continued.
“Soon however, we were back into the business of building and the pace picked up. We were able to start building Sealston Elementary and broke ground in July of 2003, with the school opening in September of 2004. Of course the rest, as they say, is history.
“Next came the high school, which we broke ground on in the summer of 2005, and opened for the second semester in February of 2009. Fall of 2006, Payne Kilbourn joined our board when Mr. Paulsen moved out of his district and then Lynn Pardee joined the board in spring of 2007, when Mr. (David) Thompson left because of work responsibilities. Fall of 2007 brought Renee Parker to our board and here we are now.
“Tonight I am filled with gratitude to Dr. Brown and the members of the school administrations, the teachers, support staffs and, of course, my family. And above all I thank the citizens of Shiloh district for the opportunity to serve you and trust that I made sound decisions on your behalf.
“It has been a privilege to serve as a School Board member. There have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatness of our students and uplifted by the goodness of our administrators, teachers and staffs.
“I told you about my experiences as a School Board member so that you could see that I will take with me many memories and with that.
[At this point, Allwine noted she was neither a poet nor singer. But what follows should be read to the tune of Bob Hope’s theme song.]
“Thanks for the memories
The good times, the bad,
The happy, the sad,
How lovely it was!
Thanks for the memories,
For all the things we have done,
The battles that we've won
How lovely it was!
Thanks for the memories,
The way we deal with budget
And our problems by the ton!
I'm awfully glad I met you all, but I really have to run,
And I thank you all so much!”