Alma High School seniors received more then $4 million in college scholarships this year.

Scholarships given to 138 graduating AHS seniors totaled $4,214,428, Superintendent David Woolly told members of the Alma School Board during their regular meeting Thursday night.

Of that, 102 were Alma Education and Arts Foundation scholarships totaling $81,500, Woolly said.

“The biggest thing about that is the students earned that amount,” Woolly said. “People who give out these scholarships are not giving them out all willy-nilly. The students have to earn them.”

A foundation honors banquet for students who scored well on the ACT college readiness test or have been recognized at the state level for an achievement was Friday.

Board members also approved employment recommendations. Alma is ending the school year with 11 retirements and 27 new hires for the 2017-18 school year, something Woolly said is unusual for the district.

“I can’t recall a year when we’ve had this many retirees - and I can’t remember when we’ve had this number of new hires,” Woolly said.

Woolly attributed the increase in retirements to the growing age of baby boomers.

Those approved for hire Thursday night are Miranda Bond as high school secretary, Crystal Coley as middle school secretary, Abby Konert as middle school teacher, Payton Hamilton as middle school teacher and volleyball assistant coach, Kelsy Montgomery as primary school teacher, Jason Reeves as middle school assistant principal, Shannon Thomasson as special education assistant, and Murl Wilson as intermediate school teacher.

Accepted resignations were Nita Pierson as intermediate school teacher, Jennifer Woods as primary school teacher and Courtney Moore as middle school teacher.