Carthage R-9 Board of Education members say they know they would not have been honored recently by the Missouri School Board Association without the help of the teachers and staff so they're going to each school in the district and having a little party.
Board members are celebrating receiving the Outstanding Board of Education Award in the area of Teaching, Learning and Assessment from the Missouri School Boards Association.
Board Members Tony Diggs and Justin Baucom hosted the first of these parties on Wednesday with the staff of Carthage Tech Center South and the transportation staff.
Board President Lee Elliff Pound and Board Member Dr. Mark Westhoff brought cake and refreshments to the administration office on Thursday.
The district said Board members will host cake receptions at each building in the district during the next two weeks to recognize the teachers and other staff members who made the R-9 Board's award possible.
“We wanted to recognize the teachers and staff,” Baucom said. “We didn't think really it was our award, it was more for our district as a whole, our administration and teachers and support staff, so we're touring all our schools and offering cake and giving everybody a chance to share in this recognition with us.”
The MSBA said there are 522 school districts in the state of Missouri and Carthage was one of three districts to receive an award in the area of Teaching, Learning and Assessment.
“It's always good to be recognized by the MSBA,” Diggs said. “There's a lot of districts within the MSBA family, there's a lot of competition to hold these types of titles and we just feel really proud to be able to win it.”
Carthage Education Association President Carolyn Tubbs wrote an opinion piece in Sunday's Carthage Press congratulating the board for the honor.
Diggs said the board understands that good teachers are the key to the district's success.
“Teachers are the number one resource we have for educating our children,” Diggs said. “Our board knows that. We try to build that relationship with them to make sure that they know that we hear what they need from us to support them.”