Buford School Board Recognizes Students for Career and Technical Education Achievements

At its meeting on Monday, April 18, the Buford Board of Education recognized students who placed in the top five in the state for their career and technical student organization events, some of whom will compete in competitions. national.

“I don’t know of any other school system that so generously supports our students who compete in national competitions,” said Jennifer Woods, director of career and technical education for Buford City Schools.

Between Buford Middle and Buford High School, 19 students were recognized for their placement in their events, and a number of them will go on to compete against thousands of other students in national competitions as far away as Nashville, Chicago and even San Diego this summer. .

Later in the meeting, Buford Middle School principal Keith Johnson rose to deliver his monthly report to the board, but instead handed the responsibility to sixth form students Maria Carolina Panosso and Jean Claude Luemba.

Panosso and Luemba are both students in Mrs. Anna Misley’s English as a Second Language course in college, and after perfectly delivering the principal’s report, the room erupted in applause in recognition of the students’ efforts and courage.

Panosso is from Brazil, and although she had some knowledge of English before moving to Buford for her sixth year, she was much more comfortable speaking her native Portuguese.

Luemba moved to Buford in his third year from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and he joked that when he arrived the only English he knew was “I don’t know English”.

“It takes so much courage to do what they did, and I’m so proud that they were able to do it,” Misley said after the meeting. “We practiced getting up and introducing ourselves to the director. I think that’s when Mr. Johnson came up with this idea.

The board also approved the purchase and surplus of a variety of technology and equipment needed to maintain the functionality of the school system, including a new copier for the superintendent’s office and resurfacing of all floors in the gymnasium. .

Board members also approved a number of field trip requests, many of which were for CTSO’s national competitions this summer, as well as the BHS group traveling to London to take part in the New Year’s Day Parade at the end of 2023.

Superintendent Melanie Reed then presented her report, which included announcing an optional four-day work week for 12-month employees in June and July, as well as introducing the Orton Gillingham Instructional Phonics program into the curriculum. to help improve literacy.

The next meeting of the Buford School Board will be at 7 p.m., Monday, May 16, at the central office, 2625 Sawnee Avenue in Buford.

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