Terri Flanagan told her colleagues on the Henry County School Board that she will not seek another term after her term ends at the end of the year. Flanagan, of the Horsepasture District, made the announcement at a recent school board meeting.
Schools Superintendent Dr. Sandy Strayer also noted the date of her retirement is drawing closer. An educator with the division for 31 years, Stayer will officially step down in July.
She began her career in 1992 as a government teacher at Bassett High School. In 2001, she served as assistant principal of Fieldale-Collinsville High School and Bassett High School. She was named principal of Collinsville Primary School in 2005. Strayer was appointed as superintendent of Henry County Public Schools in 2018.
“I’ve been here for 20 years. My husband is getting ready to retire soon, so four more years would be tough. I’ve enjoyed doing this position,” she said.
Truancy was presented as an issue at the meeting. Student attendance is a part of accreditation and the necessary testing scores needed are hard to achieve with students not coming to school.
“Yes, our numbers are bad,” Strayer said. Truancy has posed to be an issue throughout the state and has been since the pandemic Continuous efforts are being made to get more students back into the classroom.
The board voted to approve the FY 2023-24 budget as presented in a previous meeting and also approved the student athletic handbook for the new school year.
Magna Vista wrestling team had students place in 1st Team District, 2nd Team District, and an honorable mention. Students recognized were Hunter Amos, Carter McCraw, Landon Moore, Josiah Via, and Jerelle Carter.
Magna Vista Basketball team player David Hairston received a regional honorable mention.
Magna Vista Girl’s Basketball team received recognition for 1st Team District, 2nd Team District, 2nd Team Regional, and Honorable Mention. Students recognized were Dee Dee Giggetts, SaNai Hairston, Kaylee Hughes, Mya Moyer, and Miranda Reynolds.