October Above and Beyond Awards

Michael Blackburn Had Some Cute Supporters at his Award Presentation

Michael Coleman had some cute supporters at his award presentation


“Four Honored With Above and Beyond Awards”

          Four people were honored with “Above and Beyond Awards” at the October meeting of the Pike County Board of Education. The awards were the brainstorm of Superintendent Reed Adkins, who wanted to somehow reward those people who usually go unsung, but contribute selflessly to the kids of Pike County Schools.

          Adkins said he tries to get individuals from each board member’s district, though he knows there are many people who fit the description and desire the awards. Honored this month were the following:

          Eddie Blackburn, recently retired Principal of the Phelps Day Treatment. Phelps High Assistant Principal Huletha Smith spoke highly of Blackburn noting his tremendous influence on kids and his ability to advise people of all ages. She spoke of his wisdom and his confidentiality. Both Superintendent Adkins and Phelps Area Board Member Kenneth (CB) Biliter spoke of their experiences with Blackburn. The honoree himself said he, “the greatest education I’ve even gotten is from the kids.”

          Marty Wagner, a bus driver and custodian at Phelps High was classified employee recipient. Phelps Principal Mike Hamilton said of Wagner, “Anything that needs to be done, he’s there to do it.” Adkins and Biliter also related personal stories about Wagner and his willingness to contribute whatever is needed. “Phelps is my home,” Wagner said.

          Assistant Principal Misty Riddle introduced the certified honoree, Michael Coleman, the math teacher, basketball and softball coach at Millard School. Board Member Dwayne Abshire called Coleman, “a class act.” Coleman said, “I don’t feel like I do anything special.” He thanked his wife, especially, noting that coaches keep long hours and she is a single mother much of the time.

          Steve “Bird” Collier was honored as the Community Member. He has done many, many things for Pike County Central. Board Member Justin Maynard said Collier was always at the school doing something for the kids. He said he didn’t know when Collier found time to be at his vacation home.     

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