Alma School Board members recognized on Thursday night a long-time administrator for her service to the school district.

Suzy Ferguson, who recently retired as assistant principal at Alma Intermediate School, was presented a plaque for her 32 years with the school district by board president Mike Higgins during the board’s regular monthly meeting.

“I don’t know how you do it, how any of you do it, but especially you for so long - it takes a special person,” Higgins said.

Ferguson has been assistant principal at the intermediate school for 19 years and was named assistant principal of the year by the Arkansas Association of Elementary School Principals in 2013.

In the 13 years before becoming an assistant principal, Ferguson was a teacher for the school district.

Alma School District Superintendent David Woolly told Ferguson it was the way she cared about her students that made the difference in how successful she was as an administrator.

Ferguson will miss working in education, she said.

“If you can love your job, your career, at the end as much as you loved it at the beginning, that’s a good career,” Ferguson said.

Also recognized Thursday night was Nancy Hawking, who announced her resignation from the school board in March, citing health issues.

Hawking was unable to attend Thursday’s meeting, but was recognized for her 17 years as a board member. She was first elected to the board in September 2000.

Also Thursday night, board members accepted resignations from educator Magen Brown and assistant superintendent Mike McSpadden.

Board members approved hiring Kacie Ballard as middle school teacher and volleyball assistant coach, Seth Burgess as middle school teacher and coach, Ann Price as middle school teacher, and Janelle Webb as dyslexia therapist and special education teacher.

A meal price increase of 10 cents required by state law for school districts to take part in the food service program also was approved by board members for the 2017-2018 school year.

Breakfast remains free of cost for primary, intermediate and middle school students. It has increased to $1.40 for high school students and $2.05 for adults.

Lunch prices will be $2.10 for primary school students, $2.15 for intermediate school students, $2.30 for middle school students, $2.40 for high school students and $3.60 for adults.

There will be no July meeting of the Alma School Board. The board’s next regular monthly meeting is set for Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. in the administration building.