Posted: Tuesday, December 17th 2013 at 11:06am
GHS Coach Bruce Miller and others honored by School Board
By Marc Eggers Staff
GAINESVILLE – The weeks that connect Thanksgiving into Christmas are a time when people pause to reflect on the year almost completed, and to recognize the good things that have happened around them. Monday night’s Gainesville City School Board meeting was no exception.
Gainesville High School continues to find success in one-act theatre competition. Eighteen band members were named to the Hall County Honor Band. Eight students were Governor’s Honors nominees. Special Education continues to shine in their efforts to help the challenged. And the Red Elephants are a football machine.
All the above mentioned were called before the Board and recognized for their efforts.
As members of the football team were about to return to their seats following their recognition, Dr. Merrianne Dyer asked Coach Bruce Miller to stay.
Miller looked surprised but complied; Dr. Dyer began to read a Board resolution.
After reading several "Whereas" clauses, Dyer then said, "Be it resolved the Gainesville City Board of Education honors the tenure of Coach Bruce Miller…and hereby designates the practice field on the GHS campus to be known as ‘Bruce Miller Field’."
Miller has been in coaching for 41-years and at the helm of GHS for twelve. His players say he is seldom at a loss for words, but he was tonight; smiling, nodding and trying not to make too much eye contact, thanking those around him.
Among the Board members posing with Coach Miller behind the sign naming the practice field in his honor is long time Board member and former Chairman, David Syfan. Tonight is Syfan's final School Board meeting.
Prior to the start of the meeting a reception was held in the high school foyer honoring Syfan, but as the meeting was nearing its completion, and it was time for his fellow Board members to say "good bye", Syfan became a bit emotional.
"We’re gonna miss ya, man," Board Chairwoman Maria Calkins said.
"I’ve served a long time," Syfan began. "It’s been an honor. I love the fact that everybody is so committed to all the students." As Syfan struggled to speak, the room rose as one and applauded Syfan’s service.
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