Editorial: Educators extended support

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

Vance County Schools’ teachers got a statement from their board of education and superintendent this past week.

At their regular meeting for April, approval was given to a resolution appealing legislation requiring school boards give 25 percent of their teachers four-year contracts and bonuses. The district would prefer the $10 million allotment spread among other incentives and increasing the pay of all teachers.

Similar appeals were already in place from more than 70 of the state’s 115 school systems.

Superintendent Ronald Gregory said all of the teachers are valued, and the board hopes to treat them equally.

• Hearty congratulations are in order for Dr. Bev Tucker.

Recently, the retired Henderson physician was honored by LifePoint Hospitals with a board leadership award. Tucker was praised for his vision in helping guide Maria Parham Medical Center’s partnership with Duke LifePoint.

LifePoint’s president and CEO, David Dill, said Tucker is a reference point for community hospitals across the country that arrive at similar crossroads as experienced by the Henderson hospital.

When Tucker stepped away from his 35-year medical practice, he immediately increased his volunteer activities. Ever the gentleman, he has always encouraged others to give to a place that will give back to them — their community.

• The past week has been filled with somber reminders of the tragedy in Boston a year ago. It will continue through Patriots Day on Monday.

On April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Lives were changed forever. The devastation could have been worse, yet it was still horrific.

Boston became a rallying point for Americans. The city gripped its sports teams, who embraced their supporters. They fed off each other for strength. The baseball team even brought home a World Series last fall.

We learned about everyday people through the tragedy. So many simply were nearby and responded that awful afternoon.

Others reached out later. If ever a city knew it was not alone in handling tough circumstances, Boston did — just like San Francisco in 1989, Oklahoma City in 1995, New York in 2001 and many, many others throughout history.

There is strength in numbers and beauty in being American.