The Shawnee Board of Education met Monday evening.

Superintendent Dr. April Grace announced that Jayme Hutchcraft, 7th grade language arts teacher at Shawnee Middle School, was named as one of five Rising Star teachers at the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year ceremony last month. The Rising Star designation is given to Oklahoma teachers with less than 10 years of experience who show great promise to the field of education.

Dr. Grace also showed a video about SHS teacher Lindsay Dennis. She received the INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation Courage Award during a ceremony in September.

Also at the meeting, Debra Watson, director of alternative education at Jim Thorpe

Academy, recognized Pastor Ray Belford and First Christian Church for “adopting” JTA’s staff and students. Watson said the church members have been providing tutoring for students and have given both staff and students much needed supplies.

Board members offered appreciation to the community of Shawnee for financially supporting so many classrooms. Praise for the new ADA ramp at the Shawnee football stadium was given, along with regret that longtime Shawnee sports supporter Darrell Lewis had passed away before seeing the improvements to the stadium. The board mentioned how appreciative they are of the people of Shawnee for supporting the bond initiative that funded construction projects like this ramp.

Recognition was also given to Horace Mann Principal Susan Field for being named the Honorary Chair for Pottawatomie March for Babies for 2018. The March for Babies Walk is Nov. 3 at 10 a.m. at Shawnee Municipal Airport Track.