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Jim Marks receives lifetime achievement award

The Westview School Corporation unveiled a new award Thursday by presenting the corporation’s first Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to long-time educator and coach Jim Marks.

The award, established recently by the corporation’s school board, is meant to honor an individual or individuals who “contributed in significant ways to the development of the Westview School District over their lifetime.” The board also decided that the award would be named after the first recipient and be the James D. Marks Lifetime Achievement Award.

Marks had a long and very involved career with Westview, teaching health, P.E., history, citizenship and other classes. He also coached baseball, soccer, basketball and track and field at various levels in the district.

He also served as the district’s business manager, handling everything from cafeteria to buildings and grounds in that capacity.

In presenting the award Thursday morning, Westview Superintendent Randy Zimmerly noted that Marks has remained active in the community and education even after his retirement from the district.

The award will be given annually, with nominations received 12 months prior to the board taking action on the nomination. The award is for lifetime distinguished service, as opposed to a single contribution. Nominees need to be “directly involved in the operation of the Westview School District as an employee or community volunteer, over a significant portion of their adult life, not less than 25 years,” and is no longer employed by the district. The award may also be given posthumously.