By Linda Boker-Angelo
At the recommendation of Superintendent Paul Spaventa, the Gloucester City Board of Education recognized the commitment and efforts of several district faculty and facilities staff members during last week’s monthly meeting.
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Spaventa lauded retirees Jim and Peg McQuaid, who together have spent almost 40 years serving the district.
Jim worked as the cafeteria custodian at the high school for several years, as well as the lead on summer moving projects and snow removal.
Peg was assistant manager of the cafeteria before joining the Mary Ethel Costello School Facilities staff.
The superintendent stated both of the McQuaids “were great workers …and even better people.”
He added that their co-workers, administrators and school board members “wish them well on their much deserved retirement”.
Spaventa also thanked high school faculty members Bev Palaia, Chris Pierce and Kevin Young for their involvement in the production of the school’s first dinner theatre, which proved to be a successful event.
He also expressed his thanks to the cafeteria and maintenance staffs, who served the food and cleaned up following the production.
The following district staffers were also acknowledged for their participation in the Third Annual Powder Puff Game: Pat Hagan, Sean Gorman, Kris Kitchenman, Jill Darrow, Ann Peeke, Bill McLaughlin, Jen Tomkow, John Walsh, Mike Lifsted, Ed Malone, Kevin Hagan, Erin Small, Barbara Gorman, Gwen Herman, Natalie Velez, Tom Young, Linda Stewart, Cindy Dolson, Roxanne Reinhart, Dawn Rebstock and Jack Don.
Erin Small was also offered congratulations for being named Gloucester County Times Field Hockey Coach of the Year.
Spaventa also proudly noted that the Gloucester High School Chorus, led by Fletcher Bennett, performed in the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The Board heard comments from students representing each district school describing what they like best about their respective schools.
GHS senior Sarah Connor spoke about the importance of the school’s guidance department and art programs.
Connor performed in the school drama, and is currently enrolled in Honors English, Honors Algebra and ceramics. She also performs with the school chorus, and helped out with the local Helping Hand Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Connor hopes to attend the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to pursue a career in possibly photography or interior design.
Angela Brown, a sixth grade honor student at MEC, has perfect attendance and plays both softball and the violin. Brown described the school’s ticket program rewarding good citizenship.
Second grader Amber Smith spoke very eloquently about upcoming events at Cold Spring School, including preparations for state testing and the “Santa Secret Shop”.
Board President Louisa Llewellyn introduced GHS junior Casey Higginbotham, who will be the new student representative to the Board of Education.
Board will meet again at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, for a caucus session. The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, January 13, at 7 p.m. in the media center of Gloucester High School.