Dorothy Richardson said it was with “mixed emotions” that she ended her five-year term on the Enterprise Board of Education.
The EBOE meeting May 14 was Richardson’s last official meeting. “Dorothy Richardson has served our school system very faithfully, very honorably for the past five years,” said Enterprise City Schools Superintendent Greg Faught, thanking the retired educator for her service. “You have added a lot of value and you will be sorely missed on this board.”
EBOE President Bob Doerer agreed. “Ms. Dorothy, thank you for your service. Thank you for all you’ve done,” he said. “You’ve impacted a lot of people and that impact will continue into the future.”
EBOE member Rodrick Caldwell said his relationship with Richardson spans decades. “She was my fifth grade teacher in Elba and just an awesome person,” he said with a smile. “She’s a sweetheart and I appreciate her being great to me and telling me what to do.”
Richardson noted that the board had accomplished everything that was citied in the first five-year plan for ECS that she participated in and she encouraged the board to continue to strive towards excellence.
“I encourage all of you, whatever your job is, do it with compassion and Enterprise City School system will stay No. 1,” she said.
“My mixed emotions are not just five years of serving on the school board, I have served in education throughout Coffee County and Enterprise school system all my career,” she said. “My love is for the Enterprise City School system.”
Richardson said that her school system memories include helping plant the pine trees at Holly Hill Elementary School and the crepe myrtles at Dauphin Junior High School. She recalled sitting in the shade of the trees watching the football team practice and work on her lesson plans for the next day.
“One generation plants the tree and the next enjoys the shade,” said Faught.
The next meeting of the EBOE is June 25 at the schools’ central office on Hutchinson Street. A work session begins at 5 p.m. and a voting meeting begins at 6 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.