School board honors teachers of the year

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Submitted photo The OCS Board of Education honored Opelika’s Teachers of the Year at Tuesday’s meeting. Pictured, from left to right are Emily Grace, Kristy Janney, Winona Wilson, Tiffany Yelder, Chris Rhodes, Haley Harbaugh, Amber McAfee and Abby Olvey.
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The OCS Board of Education honored Opelika’s Teachers of the Year at Tuesday’s meeting. Pictured, from left to right are Emily Grace, Kristy Janney, Winona Wilson, Tiffany Yelder, Chris Rhodes, Haley Harbaugh, Amber McAfee and Abby Olvey.

By Rebekah Martin
Associate Editor

Eight Opelika teachers were honored at Tuesday’s school board meeting as Teachers of the Year. One teacher from each school was chosen for the honor and introduced to the board by their principals. The teachers also each received an engraved silver platter.
The following Opelika teachers were named Teachers of the Year:
Kristy Janney, Jeter Primary School; Winona Wilson, Carver Primary School; Abby Olvey, Southview Primary School; Haley Harbaugh, West Forest Intermediate School; and Amber McAfee, Opelika Middle School.
Chris Rhodes was selected as Morris Avenue Intermediate’s Teacher of the Year and named the OCS Elementary Teacher of the Year. Tiffany Yelder of Opelika High School was selected as the OCS Secondary Teacher of the Year. Rhodes and Yelder will represent the school system at the state level.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Neighbors expressed his gratitude to the honorees. “We just want to thank each and every one of you for what you do, and not only that, but what you do for your peers, your classrooms beside you and the modeling, and for the great things you do. Thank you, each and every one,” he said.
In other business the board:
-Recognized the cast and crew of the Opelika High School Theatre Society’s production of the ‘The Drowsy Chaperone.’ The troupe won ‘Best in Show’ at the Walter S. Trumbauer statewide competition last month.
-Recognized OHS sophomore Connor Pruitt as the AHSAA state diving champion for the second consecutive year.
-Approved an amendment to the 2016 budget.
-Approved a bid for the purchase of three 2017 Type D 84-passenger buses in the amount of $311,604.

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