PSD’s MERIT Award for April goes to Rhonda Couey

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams [email protected]­hoo.com

The Polk School Dis­trict Board of Ed­u­ca­tion is us­ing monthly M.E.R.I.T awards to make sure their most ex­cep­tional em­ploy­ees are rec­og­nized for what they do.

The award, stand­ing for mag­nif­i­cent em­ploy­ees rec­og­nized for in­spi­ra­tion and tal­ent, lives up to its acro­nym by hon­or­ing work­ers from var­i­ous de­part­ments with praise and prizes.

Rhonda Couey, a book­keeper for Cedar­town Mid­dle School, was named the April award re­cip­i­ent. She was se­lected from the ‘sup­port per­son­nel’ cat­e­gory which in­cluded sec­re­taries, clerks, book­keep­ers, and para­pro­fes­sion­als.

While As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Katie Thomas didn’t have time to share all of them dur­ing the April 9 school board meet­ing, peer sub­mit­ted com­ments about the re­cip­i­ent were read be­fore she re­ceived her award.

“She’s also so kind and help­ful,” Thomas read. “I call her for any­thing I need com­pleted, and she helps with a won­der­ful at­ti­tude ev­ery time. She just makes my life so much eas­ier and my day so much brighter. She is very pas­sion­ate about her du­ties at CMS. She’s kind and help­ful to ev­ery­one. She is a ma­jor player in our day to day op­er­a­tions at CMS. She is very kind and will­ing to help any­one that needs it. She’s thought­ful, re­spect­ful, and help­ful- which goes a long way in an of­fice. She’s a joy to work with.”

Ap­plause filled the room as Couey ven­tured to the front for her prize. As usual, Floyd Polk Med­i­cal Cen­ter spon­sored the awards as part of their Live Well Polk Pro­gram and pro­vided her with a gift bas­ket.

Polk County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion chair Bernard Mor­gan, Polk School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Lau­rie Atkins, Cedar­town Mid­dle and MERIT Award Win­ner for April Rhonda Couey, and As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Katie Thomas gath­ered for a photo to honor Couey dur­ing the April 9 com­bined ses­sion.

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