The Belton School District welcomed staff back Aug. 9 at the annual Back to School Breakfast. Employees were treated to a breakfast prepared by Sodexo food service staff and a benefits fair with several companies in attendance.
Lisa Cummings, Director of Human Resources, welcomed all staff and talked about the importance of making a difference in every student’s life. She then introduced John West, BSD Board of Education President, to welcome the staff back to school. Other board members in attendance included: Hal Berger, Jerry Miller and Carol Shutt.
Executive Director of the Belton Educational Foundation, Heather McFarland presented two awards, given each year to buildings that donate the most to the foundation’s causes. This year the Kenneth Southwick Time, Talent and Treasure Award for Highest Staff Participation went to Kentucky Trail Elementary. The Kenneth Southwick Time, Talent and Treasure Award for Highest Per Capita Giving went to BSD Central Office. Tasha Zismer, recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, also spoke at the event.
Also honored at the event were the 2013 building and district winners of Teacher of the Year and Support Staff Person of the Year. They were presented a plaque to be hung in their building for the 2013-14 school year.
After all awards were given, superintendent Andrew Underwood spoke to all staff about Common Core standards, improving classroom performance, taking time out to care about and get to know the students, and the importance of re-building the foundation of education within the Belton School District. The first day of school was Aug. 15.