On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Board of Education recognized its Point of Pride honorees at its regular board meeting.
Stephanie Dollich, a bus driver for CMCSS, was honored for her role in locating a young boy who had run off from his home one night, according to CMCSS chief communications officer Anthony Johnson, who presented the awards.
“On Oct. 20 at approximately 9:15 p.m., a 7-year-old boy ran away from his home near Heritage Park,” Johnson said. “Shortly after midnight, Clarksville Police Department started searching for the boy with assistance from K-9 units and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter.”
Johnson said that at around 6:45 a.m. on Oct. 21, bus 17-30, driven by Dollich, was returning to the Liberty Complex after dropping her students off.
She was driving on Pine Mountain Road when she noticed a child walking by himself.
“Ms. Dollich had seen the news footage of the missing child earlier that morning, so she was extra vigilant, keeping an eye out for the young man,” Johnson said. “She pulled her bus over and stated that she just knew it was the missing child.”
As she stopped and opened her bus door, Dollich asked the child’s name and when he told her, she encouraged him to board her bus.
The bus aide put a blanket around him while Dollich notified dispatch to contact 911. Law enforcement arrived at the bus and took the child home.
Dollich has worked for CMCSS since 2008.
She transports students to the Tennessee School for the Blind.
“CMCSS and the entire community appreciate Ms. Dollich’s courageous and observant actions on Oct. 21 to bring a missing child home safely,” Johnson said.
Father, son teachers recognized
Charlie Bumpus and his son Will Bumpus, both teachers at Montgomery Central High School’s structural systems program, were honored by the school board for helping the program flourish, according to Johnson.
“The MCHS Structural Systems program has been named as the Tennessee Association for Career and Technical Education Secondary Program of the Year for 2020-2021,” Johnson said. “The award recognizes the most outstanding career and technical instructional program in the state.”
The suggested areas considered in award voting include: program philosophy/goal, curriculum development activities, placement activities and placement rate and student recruitment, selection and guidance.
It also honors the involvement with the CTE advisory council and/or craft committees, retention of students, involvement with business and industry, involvement with student organizations, public relations and public efforts, facilities, equipment, and supplies, important events and activities or projects conducted.
It was selected to receive this prestigious award based on the program’s retention of students across multiple school years, as well as its involvement with local business and industry.
The program includes the construction of portable classrooms used by the CMCSS Operations Department.