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Date of Issue: March 17, 2005

Teachers leave IMS, parents meeting scheduled

Holmes Beach Mayor Carol Whitmore hosted a second community workshop to gather additional input from Island residents and properTwo teachers hired at the start of the school year in August are no longer teaching at Island Middle School.

Jim George and Cynthia Dake both tendered their resignation on Feb. 1 giving two-weeks notice of their intent to leave the school staff.

According to IMS Director Kelly Parsons, the administration opted to accept both resignations effective Feb. 6.

George was hired to teach mathematics, but after social studies teacher Janet Toy resigned in January, he took on her duties.

IMS parent Marilyn Kelly has been filling in as a substitute teacher in math. Kelly just completed her degree in secondary education for social studies and offered to fill in until a permanent math teacher could be hired.

A substitute teacher will also take the place of George until a permanent hire can be found.

Dake taught theater, film, sixth-grade reading, sign language and Spanish. A substitute has not been hired to continue Dake's courses.

Following the resignations, IMS Parent-Teacher Organization President Julia Krokroskia announced there will be a special meeting for IMS "parents only" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, in the school band room.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss any issues parents might have at this point in the school year.

Prior to leaving IMS, George left a parting message for students and parents on the Web site utilized by IMS teachers to communicate class information to parents.

"If Ms. Parsons permits this to stay (online), I would like to say good-bye to all the students and parents of IMS," George wrote. "Good luck!"