Dozens of education and community leaders, retired and current teachers, and former students gathered this afternoon at Biloxi High School for the dedication of the Zan Lee Skelton Library Media Center.
The ceremony was attended by Dr. Tom Burnham, state Superintendent of Education; Dr. Olon Ray, a former Biloxi school superintendent; and current Biloxi schools chief, Arthur McMillan.
Skelton, former English teacher and former chair of the English Department at Biloxi High School, taught at Biloxi High School from 1953 to 1986. He still proofreads and edits district material in his retirement, and he has written a voluminous history of Biloxi Public Schools.
"I think it was a wonderful tribute to an outstanding Biloxi educator," said Biloxi Principal Pamela Manners, who emceed the ceremony. "I think what made it even more meaningful was the coming together of old friends, peers, students and co-workers to show their appreciation for Zan and his talent."
Skelton, meantime, was gracious in his remarks, reciting "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost and thanking those in attendance.
Said he: "Thank you for this honor. Thank you for making it a wonderful and matchless high point in my long and – in countless ways – richly rewarding life."
Photos: To see more than a hundred photos from today's ceremony, click here.
Zan on Zan: To read Zan Skelton's comments from today, click here.
Other news and notes
Homecoming photos: You can find dozens of photos from the weekend's homecoming ceremonies by clicking here.
Report cards: No Child Left Behind report cards are now online for the Biloxi Public School District and individual schools. To access Biloxi results, go to orsap.mde.k12.ms.us/MAARS/index.jsp. Select Biloxi Public Schools in the district tab and then click on "NCLB RC" tab on right side of screen. You must click the "Print Selected Tab" button to display the ratings. Questions? Contact Dr. Karen Norwood, Director of Secondary Education and Assessment at email@example.com or at 228-374-1810, ext. 134.
Grant time: Biloxi First
Named Grant recipients will be recognized at the Biloxi First General Membership meeting on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the DuKate Annex Building.