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WCS Staff Wraps Up School Year & Plans for 2023–2024

Wilmington City Schools has wrapped up their 2022–23 school year. The staff gathered for their last meeting of the school year on May 25th and recognized staff for their years of service at WCS, honored retiring staff members, revealed this year’s Classified Staff MVPs, and announced the 2022–23 Williams Award recipients.

Retiring this year are Jeff Stevenson (WHS), Deborah Murphy (Denver), and Stephanie Moreton (Denver). Stevenson taught a total of 39 years, with 24 of them at WHS. Deborah Murphy has worked at WCS in multiple capacities for over 35 years, with the last 33 as the Library Media Aide at Denver Elementary. Stephanie Moreton worked at WCS for 29 years in the Food Service Department. The impact of these retiring staff members is significant and they will be missed at WCS.

Each year the Wilmington Schools Foundation selects a number of teachers to be recognized for their outstanding contributions at WCS. The Williams Award was established in 1996 by the WHS Class of 1945. It honors the memory of two devoted teachers, Woodrow and Esther Williams, who dedicated their professional lives to excellence in education. The awards are presented each year to teachers who reflect the enthusiasm, dedication, preparation, and inspiration that Woodrow and Esther Williams exhibited. The recipients this year were Erin Moore (WHS), Holly Young (WMS), Dan Elmeier (Denver), and Larita Harris-Jones (Holmes). This is an outstanding group of teachers who go above and beyond each and every day for their students.

Each year the District also collects nominations for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for a Classified Staff member (transportation, cafeteria, custodial, monitors, aides, etc). The MVP is a Classified employee who has gone above and beyond for the students during the school year. They are nominated by their peers, with the finalists chosen by the Administration. This year 2 were chosen as MVPs. From WHS, Mr. G (AKA Dr. G) was recognized for his outstanding contribution to the District as Campus Monitor at WHS. He has quickly become an invaluable part of the WHS staff. (Note: To the students he is the mysterious Mr. G... their current theory is that he is ex-CIA!). The 2nd MVP of the 2022–23 school year is Nancy Johnson (Holmes). Nancy has worn

many hats in the building this year and has done so with a positive attitude and willingness to jump in wherever and whenever needed.

While the school year has ended for students and many staff members at WCS, there are many staff members that work through the summer to get ready for the next school year. This summer, there are construction projects happening at Holmes, Denver, and WHS. At Holmes and Denver elementary buildings, the existing floor plans are being renovated to accommodate a secure entry to both schools and move the existing main office spaces to a new location adjacent to the secure entry vestibules. The project is funded through Federal ARP (ESSR) money. Additionally, the Federally funded Summer Lunch Program is back at Wilmington Middle School. All children 18 years and younger in the Wilmington community can eat lunch for free Monday through Friday. Menus and details can be found at

Jim Brady, WCS Superintendent, shared, “As the school year comes to an end, I would like to take a moment to say Thank You to all of our employees that remain committed to the students they serve.”



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