School Board honors service of long time member

Lee Erwin reporting

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Meeting Tuesday, October 8, The Clarksville-Montgomery County Board of Education held their formal session. School officials presented their Point of Pride Awards which recognizes outstanding students, staff and employees of the school system. Tennessee State Senator Mark Green and State Representative Joe Pitts were on hand for the awards.

The meeting began with one very special Point of Pride Award for board member Eula Gardner Dowdy who has given 25 years of service to the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System (CMCSS). She is the longest-standing board member the school system has ever had and she was recognized with a reception and a Point of Pride Award from school officials.

Dowdy talked about her work with the school system. “It’s been a real joy for me to be a part of the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System. I have great pleasure in saying that we have the best system in the state of Tennessee and I’m proud to be a part of it,” said Dowdy.

Dowdy added she was a product of Clarksville-Montgomery County schools and her children are in the school system now. She also thanked school officials, school system employees and the public for all of their work with the school board over the years to make it a better school system.

Before the meeting a reception was held for Dowdy and Director of Schools, Dr. BJ Worthington praised her for her service to the school system. “What a great job she has done. There’s so much wisdom that she has and really just a common sense approach to everything that she does and she’s such a kind person,” said Worthington.

Another Point of Pride Award was given to Mike Brown, a teacher at Montgomery Central High School. Brown has been named as the Tennessee Department of Education’s nominee for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The national awards will be announced in the spring and if selected as the national winner, Brown will be honored at the White House.

The Tennessee Department of Education also recognized five CMCSS schools as being in the top five percent of schools statewide in one of two categories naming them “Reward Schools.” The Point of Pride Awards went to Rossview Elementary, Sango Elementary and the Middle College High School.