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School system honors outstanding employees
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Warren County Schools Certified Employee of the Month is band director Duane Farnham. Farnham, left, was nominated by sophomore Cesar Lopez.

WCHS music teacher Duane Farnham has been named Warren County School’s Certified Employee of the Month, while cafeteria manager Sherry Rollings and maintenance man Larry Kirby have both been named Classified Employees of the Month.

Farnham was nominated by sophomore Cesar Lopez.

“He is the best teacher anybody could ask for,” said Lopez to the School Board. “He knows so much about everything and he is laid back when he wants to be and strict when he has to be. He is one of the only teachers the band kids can go to and is the reason we are one of the best bands out there. He gives us the determination, integrity and gives us a reason to want to perform. He is the best person you will ever meet.”

Rollings was presented with the Classified Employee of the Month Award by Patricia Hiner, Morrison school nurse and RN.

“Sherry assures the staff and visitors at Morrison Elementary School have a hot and delicious meal not just once, but twice every day,” said Hiner. “When students arrive late to school and miss breakfast, Sherry and her staff will help make sure that child is fed.”

Hiner says no matter the issues students may face getting food, Sherry always does her best to make sure those food needs are met.

“Occasionally, unexpected circumstances arise and Sherry leads her staff to meet these challenges with a smile on her face and goes above and beyond,” said Hiner. “Food is personal and I appreciate her positive attitude and the leadership she provides.”

Dibrell maintenance man Larry Kirby was nominated by school psychologist Matthew Killian. 

“Mr. Kirby is one small part of why Dibrell has been able to be rated a level five school for two years in a row,” said Killian. “Maintenance isn’t always thought of at a school, but our maintenance department helps to make everyone’s day a little easier.”

Killian explained how Kirby works tirelessly to make sure the school is ready for children, clean and tidy, as well as making sure things are operating correctly. 

“If asked for help, he is always willing and happy to do so,” said Killian. “Even despite his current treatments, he is still at work with a friendly smile on his face when he can be, to support Dibrell. He has also donated to the school’s PTO from his annual pumpkin sale.”

Added School Board member Bill Zechman, “Every time I’ve been there, it has been in A1 condition physically and visitors notice that.”

The awards were given for December.