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Lake County Schools recently honored three employees — Barry Farley, Bill Miller and Beth Minnix — for striving for high achievement levels.

BILL MILLER, BETH MINNIX & BARRY FARLEY

The Superintendent’s Achievement Award recognizes employees who have shown meritorious achievement that exceeds well above and beyond expectations, and which is supported by evidence of noteworthy accomplishments and measurable performance results.

This year’s three recipients of the Superintendent’s Achievement Award include:

  • BARRY FARLEY, Manager of Testing & Evaluation – He was nominated by Dr. Kathleen Thomas Director of Planning, Evaluation & Accountability who said, “Barry has provided distinguished service, leadership and innovation to the School District of Lake County during his 32 years.” Farley has not only made immeasurable contributions to the assessment program in the District, but he has touched the lives of many students as a coach for bowling, tennis and basketball. “I’m happy for the Department,” Farley said. “Something like this is great recognition for our Department.”
  • BILL MILLER, Principal of Leesburg High – He was nominated by two employees, Mike Elchenko, Principal at Umatilla High, and Kati Pearson, Director of Teaching and Learning. “He is the superman of high school principals,” Elchenko said. This recipient worked to strengthen the culture and positively impact the perception of his school with the mission statement, “finding success in all students.” A 31-year employee of Lake County Schools, under his leadership, a seven-year “D” high school earned a “C” for the past two years. As an advocate of professional development, this leader has brought renowned authors like Erin Gruwell and Dr. Adolph Brown to his campus. He was also the first principal in Lake County Schools to receive his Reading Endorsement. “I am grateful that we have a Superintendent that sees the value of recognizing the ongoing efforts to help Lake County Schools excel,” Miller said.
  • BETH MINNIX, Purchasing Agent – She was nominated by her supervisor, Pamela Hayes, Supervisor of Purchasing, and has been an employee of Lake County Schools for 32 years in the Purchasing Department. This employee is considered a “jewel” by any principal who has built a school or had to oversee an addition to the school. This nominee created a reconciliation process that is unique to Lake County Schools. In one year she had the responsibility of overseeing the building of four elementary schools and two high school additions. “It’s very humbling,” Minnix said. “I’ve almost spent my whole life in this District. I graduated from Lake County Schools and came to work here.”

Nominees for the Superintendent’s Achievement Award qualify by meeting certain criteria, such as distinguished service, leadership and innovation. Nominations were submitted at the end of last school year. A committee consisting of a District administrator, principal from each level, current Teacher of the Year, current School Related Employee of the Year and a community representative reviewed the nominations during the summer.

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