TISD recognizes achievements, hires new principals, views robot demo


Many recognitions were made during the regular monthly meeting of the Troup ISD board of trustees meeting held Thursday, May 10.

Karyn Ard was introduced by Bobby Dyess and recognized as Teacher of the Year.

Dyess also introduced the high school student of the month, Joshua Williams.

“Josh is going to graduate in a few days,” Dyes stated. “He participated in football for four years, track for three years where he was an Academic All-State track athlete, powerlifiting for two years and tennis for one year and he was a regional qualifier for both of those. He’s a member of National Honor Society. Josh plans to attend UT-Tyler this fall and major in construction management.” (See related photos, Page 3)

Also named as students of the month were Madalyn Griffin for middle school and Madeline Howell for elementary school.

John Eastman introduced the boy’s golf team who were scheduled to play in the state tournament Monday and Tuesday, May 14 and May 15. The team consists of Peyton Hugghins, Brayden Maris, Jake Smelser, Garrett Towery and Corbin Whitsell. Malik Gilliam will be attending as an alternate.

“This is the ninth consecutive year that they’ve qualified for the state tournament and the last three years we’ve gone three, two, one and looking to repeat this year, hopefully,” Eastman said.

Jill Wilkinson, who serves as middle school librarian and has led technology clubs, assisted Carleigh Whitsell with her robot demonstration, which was a working hexapod, or a six-legged robot, she had built.

Once the board canvassed the results of the May 5 vote, re-elected trustees John Whitsell and Gene Whitsell were sworn in. Joe Morris, elected to complete the two-year term in Place 1, had a previously scheduled appointment and was not in attendance. He will be sworn in at a later time.

Administrative reports were given and Superintendent Tammy Jones discussed items related to board training. Accumulated hours of training were announced by board president Shane Jasper.

The result of executive session was the approval of new hires including Amy Ledford as elementary principal in place of Melanie Johnson who is retiring, and Colleen Conn, middle school curriculum director at Winona ISD, to take over as middle school principal for retiring Ava Johnson.


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