Shining Stars go “above and beyond” for Knox students

The latest round of Shining Star awards were presented by the Knox County Board of Education during their meeting on Tuesday, February 26.


No strangers to the spotlight, the Food Service staff at Girdler Elementary School were the first group of classified staff members recognized by the Board of Education.

The team consisting of Brenda Ward, Melanie Hobbs, Lila Smith, Glenda Bright, and Debbie Vaughn received several nominations for the award, with each person stating how the staff does more than prepare food.  

Girdler’s cooks were previously recognized by the Board and Kentucky Department of Education for the activities that they prepared for School Breakfast Week last spring. 

  Knox Central’s Brandon Hillard was nominated for going above and beyond in his job as Youth Service Center director and baseball coach.   Hillard’s nominations stated that he takes an active role in student lives, often going beyond the call of duty to provide advice and assistance.As Knox Central focuses on college and career readiness, Hillard provides the support students need in order to excel and achieve.
  Unable to attend the Board meeting was Ryan Wells, a bus driver in the Lynn Camp area of Knox County.  Beyond transportating pracious cargo, Wells is actively involved in the schools’ First Priority club and is always looking to make a student’s day a little bit brighter with an encouraging word.

The Shining Star award is part of the district’s customer service initiative which provides training for classified support staff employees.  Local businesses and organizations that help sponsor the Shining Star program and award include Tour SEKY, L&N Federal Credit Union, Forcht Bank, Tammy’s Cafe, and Beech Street Boutique.