The Farmington R-7 Board of Education recognized two individuals who made a significant impact on the both the student body and the staff at Roosevelt Elementary during the Dec. 19 meeting.

During the meeting, Principal Sherri Lindquist presented Peggy Boyd, the school’s long time music teacher, with this year’s Featured Teacher Award.

Although she is now retired from the district, Lindquist states Boyd has left an impression with hundreds of students during her tenure as a music teacher.

Boyd was not the only person to be honored Tuesday night. Glenda Merseal was also honored as this year’s Heartland Hero for Roosevelt.

“Glenda goes above and beyond to help our students and the community,” Lindquist said. “We are proud to call her our Heartland Hero.”

In other business, the board heard a presentation from Mindy Southern, the district’s educational technology facilitator and Allyson Hensley, ICC K-6 and education technology, introduce the district’s growth in social media, specifically through creating a Facebook page for each school in the district.

According to Southern, the announcement of their expansion on Facebook was kicked off with a message from Superintendent Matt Ruble.

In addition, Southern spoke about some of the advantages that come with utilizing Facebook, but specifically the amount of people the district can reach with up-to-the-minute information.

“The more we can communicate with our parents, students and community the better we are,” Ruble said. “Sharing the positive and upcoming events and sharing what is going on in the district is a good thing.”

The next scheduled meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on Jan. 16 at the district’s administration building at 1022 Ste. Genevieve Ave. The meeting is open to the public

Craig Vaughn is a reporter for the Farmington Press and can be reached at 573-518-3629 or at


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