Turner gives out first Joan Stirrat award

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  • Ryan Silvola/Beloit Daily News (From left): Whitney Luety shakes hands with Ian Stirrat while Stirrat’s granddaughter Anastasia Sieren and daughter Tatiana Sieren watch. Leuty received the first Joan Stirrat Volunteer of the Month award, named after the woman who served as a school board member for 30 years.

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  • Ryan Silvola/Beloit Daily News (From left): Whitney Luety shakes hands with Ian Stirrat while Stirrat’s granddaughter Anastasia Sieren and daughter Tatiana Sieren watch. Leuty received the first Joan Stirrat Volunteer of the Month award, named after the woman who served as a school board member for 30 years.

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TOWN OF BELOIT — The Beloit Turner Board of Education gave out the first Joan Stirrat Volunteer of the Month Award on Monday to honor the woman who served the school district for 30 years as a board member.

“Joan had a passion for education and service,” Board President John Turner said. “It was these common passions that led her to dedicate herself for so many years to the School District of Beloit Turner.”

Stirrat passed away in February and is survived by her husband, Ian, and their four children. Ian Stirrat, his daughter Tatiana Siren and Sieren’s daughter Anastasia were present to help present the award to Whitney Luety, a volunteer at Powers Elementary School.

“Joan felt very strongly about education,” Ian Stirrat said. “She felt very strongly about supporting the teachers and enjoyed very much her school board participation.”

Stirrat said his wife never missed a meeting, Even when she broke her hip, she still came in a wheelchair.

During the meeting, the board also discussed updates to the Citizen’s Facilities Study Committee. Superintendent Dennis McCarthy said Bray Architects, the Milwaukee-based firm hired by the district to study its facilities, presented the committee with four scenarios which will be narrowed down to two. He said the scenarios covered configuration possibilities, site upgrades and what would happen if sites were closed or upgraded.

“It’s basically a 50-year look into the future, (asking) what could we do from an infrastructure standpoint that could take us to the next phase of this district,” McCarthy said. “Right now this district is about 50 years old, and all of these buildings are over 50 years old,”

He said the committee is charged with developing a survey to send to the community. The committee is hopefully looking to send out a survey within the next two to three months, McCarthy said.

“Ultimately the community may decide they don’t want to do anything, or the community may decide they wish to pursue aspects of what this committee has studied,” McCarthy said.

After the survey has been processed he said the committee will then make recommendations to the school board.

Board member Kristie Petitt said during the meeting that technology education has been a priority for the committee thus far.

The school board also approved Introduction to Education and AP Spanish courses.

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