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Gaston board accepts retirements, approves new hires

The Gaston School Board met last Thursday, Jan. 8, and accepted several retirements and approved the hiring of new staff.

n Ellen Irish, a math teacher with the junior/senior high school, and third- and fourth-grade teacher Viki Mulick both announced their retirements. Registrar Christy Noble, school counselor Richard Ceder and softball coach Reeve Woodward announced their resignations. Ceder’s last day will come at the end of February. The school board approved the hiring of former elementary school secretary Heidi Duckworth as the new registrar.

n Gaston Superintendent Susan McKenzie reported that overall district enrollment is up by more than 20 students from last year.

n January marks school board appreciation month, which school officials celebrated at the meeting last week. McKenzie made the board dinner; home economics students made dessert; and elementary students created cards.

n School board members have been invited into classrooms to observe daily lessons being carried out. Once a month, board members can sit in on classes. This week, Christine Riley and Karen Fordyce took advantage of the opportunity.

Sixth-grader wins geography bee at community school

Sydney Molin is the 2015 National Geographic Bee champion at Forest Grove Community School.

The winning question: To visit Tombstone, site of the famous showdown at the O.K. Corral, you would travel to which state? Answer: Arizona.

Sydney, a sixth-grader, won the Bee after a lengthy tiebreaker round with seventh-grader Sophia Barbour-Weiss. Sydney, the daughter of Steve and Terrie Molin of Forest Grove, will next take a written geography test to try to qualify for the state Geography Bee in March.

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