Board to hold open house to honor Lander
by Hawkins Teague
Sep 19, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After 34 years working in the Trigg County school system, Mary Ann Lander will be retiring soon. Members of the community are invited to attend an open house from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Board of Education ‘s central office on Sept. 26.

Superintendent Tim McGinnis said that Lander had worked at the board for the last six years. Before that, she taught preschool and elementary school before she became assistant principal and then principal of the elementary school. For the last three years, her title was “Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.” McGinnis said that she had the same responsibilities before then, but that he had combined her salary and the assistant superintendent’s salary and divided them in half, creating two assistant superintendent positions.

McGinnis said that Lander had been tireless, doing a remarkable job in that position without adequate support staff. He said that he was especially thrilled that the No Child Left Behind scores came back this year showing that Trigg County had met all of its goals, which leaves Lander with a legacy of which she can be proud. He also had plenty of positive things to say about working with her at the board for most of his tenure as superintendent.

“(Her style of working) has complimented me so much,” McGinnis said. “She has a tremendous passion for education, compassion for students and she is approachable for her colleagues. She’s a joy to work with.”

McGinnis, who is originally from Christian County, added, “She knows the community, she knows the families and she knows the kids. When we sit down and work through issues, she brings a perspective to the table that I just couldn’t bring.”

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