Purdy schools salutes retiring board of education member
The Purdy R-2 School District honored retiring board member Tracy Tate at its March meeting. A choir consisting of district staff members serenaded Tate with a rendition of, "Thank You for Being a Friend" and presented her with a flower arrangement in a vase signed by all 100-plus Purdy R-2 School District employees.
Tate has served the Purdy School Board for the past six years.
In honoring Tate's service Purdy Middle School Principal Janet Boys noted, "Tracy is an outstanding member of the Purdy R-2 Board of Education," said Purdy Middle School Principal Janet Boys. "She is passionate about making sure that kids are learning and teachers and principals are supported in their efforts to teach and reach students. She will be greatly missed."
Athletic Director Jennifer Schallert Cornelius also spoke on Tate's behalf.
"Tracy has been a great asset to our school," said Cornelius. "She has done a great job supporting our teachers, and her main priority has always been the best interests of our students. It has always been comforting to know we had someone in our corner when we needed her."
Elementary Teacher Donna Terry spoke of Tate's willingness to go the extra mile outside of her school duties.
"I watched Tracy train for a breast cancer fundraiser walk to honor Linda Patton," said Terry. "Tracy completed the 60-mile walk in the rain, with huge blisters on her feet. Tracy is always a very positive person who goes out of her way to help others."
Elementary Teacher Linda Patton echoed Terry's appreciation.
"Tracy is an amazing individual who supports the educational needs of our kids here at Purdy," said Patton. "She truly cares about our school, faculty and community."
Elementary Principal Jeff Swadley summed up the sentiments of the entire district when he observed, "Tracy has been a valuable member of our school district for several years, and she will be greatly missed, but her legacy will live on through the effective changes she helped implement during her years of service."
"I would truly like to thank the community, the board of education and the Purdy R-2 staff for the tremendous support over the past six years," said Tate. "So often the position is referred to as a thankless one, but I certainly have not found that to be true during my tenure.
"I can't count the number of times I've been approached and thanked for my service," Tate continued, "Of course there is no 'I' in 'team.' I am so honored to have had the opportunity to serve with an extraordinary group of board members.
"I wish all the best to Dr. Chancellor and the district in the years to come," added Tate. "Six years ago I began this journey with one thing in mind -- the education of our children. I never realized the rewards would be so great. We live in a community where the furtherance of our children is a common thread, bringing us together, creating a bond that will never be broken. Thank you Purdy for trusting me to be your voice in such an important part of our future, our children's education."