The Bradley County School Board presented Troy Weathers with a plaque commemorating his 16 years of service on the board representing the 4th District. He lost his seat to Dianna Ball Calfee in the last election cycle.
“We acknowledge your dedication, your commitment, and your contributions to student, to teachers, and to the school system. Thank you very much,” said Board Chairwoman Vicki Beaty as she handed Mr. Weathers the award. Mr. Weathers received a standing ovation, as each of the board members took the time to thank him individually for his work.
Director of schools Johnny McDaniel thanked Mr. Weathers for all of the work and love that he has poured out on behalf of the students and teachers of Bradley County, “Your passion for education is always evident in the work you’ve done,” said Mr. McDaniel.
Mr. Weathers spoke at length about his experiences as a school board member and as a child growing up in East Cleveland, as well as the impact that teachers have had in his life. He said, “I came from East Cleveland and were poor as dirt and we were on free and reduced lunch. I’m proud of it today by the way. A teacher showed love to me and made a difference in my life. That’s why I have the passion that I have for teachers, and for parents and for students. I don’t really care much about all the politics involved. It never really was about that. It was about serving on this board, not having titles. It’s not about a title, it's about what difference you make in people’s lives."
Mr. Weathers also commented on working with Johnny McDaniel, saying, “Mr. McDaniel, it has been an honor to work with you. You've been a gentleman the whole time. You've been a great leader in our system and I’m proud to have served with you. That’s what its been about, serving with people with integrity that really and truly love our kids."
Earlier in the evening, the Bradley School Board hosted the annual joint meeting with the Cleveland City School Board. The representatives of both school districts took the time to hear a financial report, updates, and future plans as presented by Bradley County Public Education Fund President Matt Bentley.
Mr. Bentley thanked the two boards for their time and support before discussing the foundation’s fund for teachers. The fund grants area teachers money to finance self-designed fellowships for the purpose of continued education and professional development. “This year we awarded $50,000 in total grants. Eight of those were team grants for $30,000, and 22 individual teacher grants for $18,000. They reached 17 different schools in both systems and 55 teachers. We’re very proud of this year’s program.”
Shown from left to right are Bradley County School Board Chairwoman Vicki Beaty, BCPEF President Matt Bentley and Vice President Vanessa Hammond
- Photo2 by Tony Eubank