House Speaker Harwell honors RCS for Reward School status

Jeff Bobo • Oct 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — State Rep. Gary Hicks made a stop at Rogersville City School Monday to present the first of five Tennessee House of Representatives proclamations honoring the five schools in his district for being named 2018 Reward Schools by the state Department of Education.

It should be no surprise, however, that RCS was Hicks’ first stop, as it is also his place of employment, where he serves as technology director.

At the beginning of Monday’s RCS Board of Education meeting, Hicks presented Chairman Reed Matney, Director Rebecca Isaacs and Principal Rhonda Winstead with the proclamation, which was signed by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

Hicks read aloud the proclamation, which states, “The principal, faculty and staff of Rogersville City School have built an environment that ensures students have the very best atmosphere for learning. Rogersville City School’s selection as a 2018 Reward School is a tremendous source of pride for the school’s administration, teachers, students and parents. The dedication to academic excellence demonstrated by all the fine individuals affiliated with Rogersville City School is clearly deserving of our respect, admiration and commendation.”

Reward School status was awarded to only 20 percent of Tennessee’s public schools, designating them as improving overall academic achievement and growth for all students and student groups.

The RCS BOE received a stellar state report card preliminary report in August which was highlighted by the grades 3-5 science scores, which were the best in the region and second best in the state.

Isaacs thanked the BOE and her staff for the hard work leading up to the Reward School honor.

This is the second time since Isaacs took over as RCS director eight years ago that the independent K-8 school has been named a Reward School.

“We are judged against ourselves year after year after year,” Isaacs said. “There are always areas we can find that need attention and focus, and we always put the laser on those, and we do our best to improve. We have some things for next year. But if you take our science scores that are the second highest in the state, it’s going to be hard to beat that one, but we’re sure going to try.”

Isaacs added, “I feel like a proud mama, so as the matriarch of this clan I want you all to know how terribly proud I am of this group.”

Students received a Popsicle party, and Isaacs said there was a small recognition of the staff.

Isaacs said she will place another proposed reward possibility for staff on the BOE’s November agenda.

Hicks said he will present similar proclamations to his other District 9 2018 Reward Schools: Mount Carmel Elementary, Carters Valley Elementary, Clinch School and Hawkins Elementary.