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Superintendent speaks to retirees

posted Aug 24, 2016, 2:34 PM by Cheryl Shuffler

Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam was the guest speaker on Monday, Aug. 22, 2016 at the Burke County Retired School Personnel monthly meeting at Timberwoods. Putnam shared with the group highlights from the 2015-16 school year as well as goals and what to expect for the 2016-17 school year. Putnam shared that contrary to common belief, public schools are not failing. He said public education has made tremendous leaps and gains over the past 40 years, and he thanked the retirees for their part in making public education in Burke County great. Putnam said, “We have a great school system and fabulous teachers. Our teachers are under a lot of pressure and some younger teachers only last two to three years in the profession. But those who stay here, stay because they love Burke County for its beauty and people and quality of life.” Accomplishments from the previous school year include a 90+ percent graduation rate, student industry tours, AIG trips to the STEAM Academy, Chartwells and the Child Nutrition Program. Upcoming goals include a focus on customer service, leadership academies, an anti-bullying program and a five-year strategic plan. The group asked questions and gave positive feedback on Burke County Public Schools’ pre-k mobile bus program, the English Language Learners department and the new Mountain View Elementary School. Pictured are Burke County Retired School Personnel officers Barbara Lingerfelt, vice president, Sylvia Medford, president; Larry Putnam, BCPS superintendent; Toni Anderson, secretary; Dawn Poore, treasurer.


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