Superintendent Amy Baker gave the Welcome followed with Clay Sparks leading in Prayer. Erin Cain, an 8th grader, sang the National Anthem as everyone rose to salute the flag. Transportation and Maintenance Director Jim Cleaver recognized Opening Day Sponsors with a certificate and a framed collage of the schools. Beth Wyatt, the American Fidelity Representative and Bourbon County graduate, spoke about the benefits offered by their organizaion and her personal experience at Bourbon County. Board Members who were seated on the stage were introduced by Mrs. Baker. These were Board Chairman Mr. Todd Earlywine, Vice Chairman Mr. Thomas Talbot, Board Members Mr. Randy Sparks, Mrs. Kandice Wells and Mrs. Lana Fryman. Reagan Earlywine introduced Administrators from each school who then introduced their new employees. These were Mrs. Melinda Malin-Bourbon County Preschool, Mrs. Gail Graves-North Middletown Elementary, Mrs. Dana Hill- Cane Ridge Elementary, Mr. Keith Madill- Bourbon Central Elementary, Mr. Travis Earlywine-Bourbon County Middle School and Ms. Kerrie Katz- Bourbon County High School. Dr. Carol Christian, a previous Bourbon Principal and Morehead Craft Academy Director, was the guest speaker. Darlene Gee and Preslee Barnett presented the Perfect Attendance Awards for one, two and three years. Andrea Kiser, Shella Sams and Will Wyatt read names of the 5, 10, and 15 Years of Service as they stood for applause. The 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service came forward to receive a marble apple paperweight that was red, silver, brass and crystal respectively. The Fred Awards, which are voted on by employees for outstanding certified employee, was presented by Kelly Philbeck and Hayden Wells. The Starfish Awards, which are selected by the administration in their building, was presented by Neely Traylor and Aiden Roberts. To end the program, door prizes were drawn and distributed by Tom Mills, Darlene Gee and Lucas Fryman. Employees were then dismissed to go work in their classrooms for the rest of the day in preparation for the next morning’s First Day of School!