Glenda Owens presides over her last Portage school board meeting
By John Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent December 17, 2012 8:54PM
Updated: December 18, 2012 10:12AM
PORTAGE — The Portage Township School Board opened its last meeting of 2012 on a somber note with a moment of silence to remember those involved in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Connecticut.
Board president Glenda Owens told the assembled, “We are very aware of protecting our communities’ children.”
“Our Portage Township school family is grieving with the Sandy Hook school family. Our thoughts and our prayers will be with them forever — they won’t heal those families, but perhaps it will give them solace,” school superintendent Ric Frataccia added.
Frataccia suggested that common courtesy may need to be dispensed with: “Don’t hold the door open for strangers entering school buildings.”
Band Director William Timmerman introduced three students that have been selected for the Indiana School Music Educator’s Association Honor Band. Seniors Kimberly Coffey, Jahnathan Davis and Austin Hamang will be joining about 90 students from around the state in Fort Wayne for rehearsals and a Jan. 19 performance.
In a special presentation prior to Owens gaveling her last meeting closed, board member William Fekete presented the retiring president with a plaque honoring her 28 years of service on the school board, “For her outstanding service over the last 28 years.”
“She’s a very consistent person and that consistency comes from the heart; We are going to miss you,” Fekete said.
The plaque is engraved, “By word and deed, your presence has enriched the lives of students.”
“This experience has enriched my life,” said Owens to warm applause as she bid the board adieu. “It has made me a better person. It’s a good job to have. You’ll always be in my heart.”