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Varas honored in emotional ceremony
From the April 16, 2014 newspaper
By Richard Harris

The Marion County Board of Education celebrated one way the school system successfully serves minority students, while also discussing ways to improve such service during its monthly meeting Monday evening.
The meeting began with an emotional presentation of a resolution to Veronica Varas, the school system’s migrant supplemental services provider. She broke down in tears as Michelle Vanderloop read the resolution, which was written by State Representative Mike Cheokas. It was on the occasion of her becoming a U.S. citizen, but also celebrated her work with Spanish speaking students and their parents.
Among her many duties, Varas is responsible for identifying and recruiting migrant students, as well as providing tutoring services. She has become a very important part of the school system.
Varas broke down in tears of joy as Michelle Vanderloop read the resolution. At the conclusion, Varas received a standing ovation from the BOE members and the audience.
“I thank the Lord because he has given me the opportunity to work with you,” Varas said to the school officials. “Thank you for everything you are doing for me. I never will forget you – never, ever.”
Minority Teachers: The board members also spent part of the meeting discussing ways to recruit more minority teachers. The school system developed a “Recruitment of Minority Teachers” plan last fall and is now looking for ways to build upon that step.
“I know we are already doing some good things, but this is a real concern in the black and Hispanic communities,” said BOE member Leon Williams. “In terms of personnel, it is one of my biggest concerns, too.”
Fellow BOE member Debra Graham added that she has received a lot of input from concerned citizens on the issue.
The rest of the School Board and Superintendent Richard McCorkle all seemed to be in agreement that it ... Online subscribers click here for the rest of the story.