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PRINCETON, WV, January 28, 2014:   At the start of last night's meeting, the Mercer County Board of Education inducted two employees into its 110% Club.

Dr. Kristal Filipek, Director of Human Resources, read a nomination submitted on behalf of Brushfork Elementary custodian Thomas Osborne. "Tom consistently goes beyond the call of duty to ensure that our school is clean and functional," Filipek read.  "He takes a personal interest in the building and has developed a positive relationship with the students and staff."

Mr. Osborne was also commended for assisting with school functions, being punctual and diligent, and taking ownership and pride in his work.

Osborne responded by commending his colleagues:  "I'd like to thank our new principal [Michael Morgan]," he said.  "He is more than gung ho to make our school the best it can be. I've worked in other schools, and there are some very dedicated teachers in this county."

"Although this isn't really about keeping the school clean," Osborne confided, " I try to listen to the children and show them that adults are not people they have to be afraid of."

Bluefield Intermediate teacher JoAnn Schorsch was also recognized for going above and beyond job expectations.   According to BIS Principal Linda Richards, Mrs. Schorsch recently took the initiative to apply for DonorsChoose funding to purchase a classroom library for her special needs students.  Her "Pop Open a Book" proposal netted $500 worth of informational, read aloud, and high interest books for her students.

"Mrs. Schorsch has built strong relationships with students and their parents during the three years she has been at our school," said Filipek, reading from her nomination, " and she was selected by WVDE to serve on the state committee charged with developing Smarter Balance Field Test questions." 

Additionally, Schorsch tutors after school and teaches homebound students.    "She makes her students feel comfortable and successful," wrote Richards.

Invited to say a few words, Mrs. Schorsch said the recognition was totally unexpected.  "This is like the Emmys or something. "I love my kids and I can't see myself ever doing anything else," Schorsch told the audience. 

In the presence of representatives from both schools, Superintendent Deborah Akers presented a 110% Club certificate to Osborne and Schorsch.  

In continued time of recognition, Board members applauded Montcalm Elementary School for being named one of only 22 West Virginia High Progress Reward Schools for impressive WESTEST2 improvement.  They also recognized the Mercer County Technical Education Center for recently applying for and receiving a SkillsUSA/Lowe's Schools in Need Grant for $25,000 to build a retail outlet on campus.

Other recognition went to Aleta Jo Crotty, named Midwest Elementary P.E. Teacher of the Year, Amy Montgomery and Jean Davis, for writing and receiving classroom grants from DonorsChoose.org, Rebecca Lilly and Lisa Hilling for distinction as exceptional Pre-K teachers, and Athens teacher Angela Wilson for authoring and publishing a children's book about growing up in Appalachia.
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