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With the clock on summer vacation ticking down to zero, the New Teachers Luncheon on Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 at the Sweetwater campus of TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas welcomed those who would embark on their local educational journey.
Three campuses were highlighted: SISD (Sweetwater Independent School District), RISD (Roscoe Independent School District) and TSTC West Texas.
Hosted by the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce, the event opened with a poem entitled "Whose Child Is This?" read by Chamber Executive Director Jacque McCoy which described a solid parent-teacher relationship, with the hope that the local districts would embrace the collaborative efforts.
Also in attendance was Representative Susan L. King, who led the invocation and offered her support of education in which several individuals later thanked her for her continual advocacy of local education at all levels.
Tom Rees, also with the Chamber of Commerce, introduced each leader from the three schools: Terry Pittman, superintendent of Sweetwater ISD; Kim Alexander, superintendent of Roscoe ISD; and Gail Lawrence, president of TSTC West Texas.
Mr. Pittman stated his pride of this year's new staff and excitement for the upcoming school year. The positive results, some which have come as a result of some trying issues, has remained and continues to be the focus even following the week of preparations for the school year. He introduced some members of the school board, administration and the principals and vice principals of each campus.
Mr. Alexander reiterated some points made by Mr. Pittman, recalling a recent conference he attended and acknowledging that some challenges stand in the way towards meeting the even higher standard of excellence. However, the challenges and adversity proves to be a great time to grow and move forward as the school year begins.
Mrs. Lawrence offered her appreciation to the Chamber of Commerce for the event as well as the community. She noted that the community and schools wouldn't produce a great working relationship without each other, citing her own experience on how the school district her children were in made an impact on her family.
Following the introductions from the school leaders, each new teacher in attendance was introduced by a community sponsor. Eighteen new teachers were recognized from both the Sweetwater and Roscoe school districts from a variety of grade levels and subjects.
The New Teachers Luncheon was made possible by these local sponsors: Honorable Susan L. King; Bennett & Associates; Crane Service, Inc.; Creative Graphic Solutions; First Financial Bank; Investment Centers of America; Ludlum Measurements; McCoy Funeral Home; Morgan Real Estate; Nolan County-City Library; Richard A. Bowman, CPA; Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital; Roscoe State Bank; Stan Johnson Real Estate; Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development; Sweetwater Regional Federal Credit Union; and Texas National Bank.