Eighteen staff members retiring from the district at the end of the present school year represent a combined 466 years of service to Grand Haven schools.
The highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the Excellence in Service (EIS) Awards. The award program began in the 1982-83 school year to recognize and encourage superior performance, and to cultivate a continued expectation of excellence.
Each year, the process starts with nominations from many sources, and then a review of those nominations by the EIS Awards screening committee. The committee reads all nominations and comes to a consensus using a rating scale from two main categories: teaching/itinerant and non-teaching.
The winners are kept confidential and are revealed at the awards ceremony.
Each EIS Award winner receives an engraved plaque, as well as monetary awards presented to them at a dinner in their honor. These monetary awards come from a variety of donors within the community.
Receiving the EIS Awards for 2018 are:
— Teaching/Itinerant Category: Angeline “Angel” Dean, an English teacher at Grand Haven High School; Brian Williams, a social studies teacher at GHHS; and Sue Ellen Leary, a first-grade teacher at Peach Plains Elementary School.
— Non-Teaching Category: Robert “Bob” Coyne, assistant principal at White Pines Intermediate School; and Laurie Houghton, cleaning/operations at GHHS
An open house took place following the presentations to honor the award winners.