BY GLEN PUIT
THE DAILY INDEPENDENT
RUSSELL Russell Independent Schools Resource Officer Bryan Tackett is one of three finalists for a special award.
The Fred Award from the Kentucky Association of School Administrators draws on nominations from school districts across the Commonwealth each year. The award, inspired by Fred Shea, the postman who became the subject of Mark Sanborn’s national bestseller, “The Fred Factor, “recognizes non-administrative staff, students and volunteers statewide whose daily efforts are deemed extraordinary and integral to a positive learning atmosphere in their school communities.
According to his nomination to KASA, Tackett makes a difference each day for the students at Russell. He makes a point to be visible during morning dropoff and between classes. He uses this time to monitor behavior, but more importantly, to build relationships with students. He knows most by name and has become a confidant and friend to many. His caring, kind heart and leadership has shown the students police are there to help them and keep them safe. He is a real person in their lives who truly cares about them. In everything he does, Tackett strives to be a good role model for all students, especially those who do not have a positive male role model at home. He never asks students to do something that they don’t see him doing.
Tackett continually goes above and beyond his duty as a school resource officer. He exceeds expectations by recognizing student’s achievements and motivating them to work harder. Making others feel important is what he does best. Even high school students are drawn to him because they know he will take the time to listen and answer questions about things they have on their mind. They know they can trust him. Officer Tackett also works outside school with students as a Boy Scout leader and softball coach. In everything he does, his heart for students and the community shines through. He inspires everyone to do the right thing and give back to the community.
Other nominees include Josh Penn, custodian, Franklin County Schools; and Rita Renfrow, classroom assistant, Butler County Schools.