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District celebrates service with awards

20 years of service. Princeton Independent School District celebrated the end of the 2017-2018 school year by recognizing teachers and their service to PISD during a special luncheon Saturday.

In addition to recognizing long-term employees, Superintendent Philip Anthony first addressed the teachers by congratulating them on a successful year.

"I want to thank everyone for another great year," Anthony said. "This year we are up 332 more students than last year, which equates to an 8 percent growth rate. Because of these increases, next year we are moving up to 5A competition with Frisco, McKinney and Wylie schools."

Anthony also referenced the future of PISD.

"Construction continues across the district to keep up with the growth," he said. "We are currently working on Lowe Elementary, Southard Middle School, the sub-varsity stadium, turf on the baseball and softball fields and improved roads and parking lots."

Anthony encouraged the staff to remain positive during this period of tremendous growth.

"Our challenges in the upcoming years are great as we continue to grow," he said. "Yet, our students continue to excel because of the hard work and dedication of our staff. Thank you for all you do for the children of Princeton ISD."

Following his address, Mr. Anthony and his administrators presented service pins to employees completing 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 years with the district.

Auxiliary services employee Lawanda Sirkel, who works in the PHS cafeteria, was honored for 30 years of service. Wendy Moody, Godwin; Crystal Ruble, Huddleston; and Laura Jones, PHS, were honored for 20 years.

Receiving 15-year service pins were: Jackie Folk, Godwin; Kasey Carker, Harper; Linda Dueer, Lacy; LaDonna Bingman and Amber McIntyre, Smith; Jerry Riley, special programs; Cynthia Giddens, auxiliary services; and Jona Boitmann and Amy Ivy, administration.

30-year pin recipient Elementary Pride Corps. Receiving 10-year service pins were: Heidi Estep and Paula Montgomery, Harper; Tonya Glover and Maitee Helms, Lacy; Jennifer Caldwell, Smith; Rich Boring, Huddleston; Adam Lambert and Jason Milligan, Clark; Dacia Jondron and Eugene Lowther, PHS; Barbara Edwards, Jerry Lord, Lawanda Oprenchak and Amy Taylor, auxiliary services; Jason Brown, curriculum; Stacey Dillard, administration. 

Retiring from Princeton ISD this year are: Tom Banschbach, PHS (39 years); Madeline Bracey, Clark (23 years); Gerald Cantrell, Clark (18 years); Rachel Davis, Huddleston (18 years); Danny Folk, administration (17 years); Miriam Mercer, Huddleston (16 years); Jay Reid, PHS (29 years); and Wilma Williams, Lacy (29 years). 

This year's Pride Corps inductees were also recognized, including secondary teachers Michele Housden (PHS), Khara Barnard (Clark) and Kristen Hoar (Huddleston) and elementary teachers Elizabeth Mills (Lacy), Roberta Rotolo (Godwin), Rosanna Strickland (Smith) and Julie Woods (Harper).

Secondary Pride Corps. From this group of honorees, Khara Barnard was chosen as the secondary Teacher of the Year and Rosanna Strickland was selected as elementary Teacher of the Year.

Khara Barnard is the secondary teacher of the year.

 Strickland named Elementary Teacher of the Year.