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SELMA – Three groups of guests were honored at the Feb. 27 Selma Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting.

First, Washington Elementary School Principal Raquel Hammond recognized the following support staff at her school: Resource specialist Tracy Gipson, intervention teacher Sandra Bradberry, school psychologist Kim Herron, speech teacher Holly Charpentier and school nurse April Byrum.

“We know that every student comes to us with varying needs,” Hammond said. “Sometimes, our kids need additional academic support or sometimes it’s social, emotional, or behavioral or nutrition or health care-related. I depend on this team and their level of expertise to be able to help me service the kids in what they need. Without the help of these team members, we would not be able to do the work we do and provide the level of service we do at Washington School,” she said.

Speaking in behalf of the Selma Public Education Foundation, SUSD Superintendent Tanya Fisher recognized the Central Valley Lioness Lions Club and California Water Service for their partnerships with the school district.

Cal Water’s Stephen Johnson accepted the certificate in behalf of their organization. CVLLC’s President Lucy Herrera and Treasurer Bev Cho accepted the certificate in behalf of their group.

“It’s important as education changes over the years that we have strong partnerships in the community,” Fisher said. “Selma Public Education Foundation works with various members of the community to provide grants to enhance the learning experience of what’s happening in the classrooms. We wanted give the Foundation the opportunity to thank two of our much appreciated and outstanding partners.”

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