At last year’s Top-10% Banquet, where the top 10% of Boaz High School’s senior class is honored with a special, celebratory dinner, students were asked which teacher had impacted their lives.

According to Boaz City Schools Board of Education board member Chad Cofield, the “vast majority” said Lori Chumley, a science teacher at Boaz High School.

Tuesday morning, the Boaz City Schools Board of Education held a special-called meeting to “reluctantly” approve Chumley’s retirement, effective Jan. 1.

“I wanted to say thank you for this opportunity,” she said to the board after her retirement was finalized. “I know you didn’t bring me here — I was brought here a long time ago — but you kept me here. For that, I thank you.

“I thought as I was flying in this morning — when I think about you as a board, I see students, and I see parents of students, and I see colleagues and administrators,” Chumley continued. “And when you think about being a teacher, those are the best parts. And you, as a board, make up the best parts.

“I would be remised if I didn’t say to you, there’s a lot of wisdom within the walls of this school system,” she added. “There’s a lot of wisdom, and I would encourage you to seek that out. Thank you for the opportunity and for what you all mean to me personally.”

Several administrators and staff members expressed their gratitude for Chumley.

“I met her in 2005, and I’m glad she’s hung in there with me for the last year and a half,” Boaz High School Principal Caleb Pinyan said. “For that, I’m very much appreciative.”

“We’re so very thankful for Mrs. Chumley and what she’s meant to our district,” Boaz City Schools Superintendent Todd Haynie said. “And, we wish you the very best in retirement — I know that you’ll enjoy it.”

“She will be missed,” Board president Jeff Roberts said. “But her impact will continue to be felt throughout the years.”

The board approved the employment of Jessica Hartline to take Chumley’s position, effective Jan. 6. Cofield, who was one of Chumley’s many students, said Hartline had “big shoes to fill.”

To honor Chumley, Haynie said there would be a retirement brunch held Friday, Dec. 20, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the high school library.

Becky Smith, the school system’s CSFO, will retire April 1, 2020. Haynie complimented Smith on the job she has done for Boaz.

“I don’t think she realizes just how much I’ve enjoyed working with her over the last few months, as well as the years prior that she’s been here,” Haynie said. “So, we just thank you for what you’ve brought to the system.”

“You’ve really made a difference,” Roberts said to Smith.

In other business, the board:

• Approved to pay Ricky Smith a stipend of $12 per hour for 33 hours for doing statistics for the Boaz varsity football team in 2019. As part of the agreement, Boaz High School will reimburse the board as authorized by officers of the Quarterback Club.

• Approved the November 2019 Payroll.

• Approved the meeting minutes from Nov. 21.

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