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Tuesday, 23 April 2013 10:18
Paula Beaupry, secretary at North Baltimore High School was named the 2013 School Secretary of the Year. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
NORTH BALTIMORE - The Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators has named Paula Beaupry as the 2013 School Secretary of the Year.
Beaupry has served as secretary at North Baltimore Middle/High School for the past six years and has a total of 11 years as a school secretary in North Baltimore.
Principal Dr. Robert Falkenstein nominated her and included letters of support from a student, parent, and teacher. Some of the comments in the nomination included:
•    Her contributions to drama club including feeding all students/staff during rehearsal week
•    Students regularly seeking her out for personal advice
•    Her work ethic in staying late each day to serve students, parents and faculty members
•    Her student-centered focus including organizing the senior picnic
•    Humor and pranks pulled on the principal
•    Extensive evening hours working in the ticket booth during sporting events
•    Dependability, excellent communication skills, and initiative
At the School Secretary Conference held in Columbus this month, Beaupry received her award and was accompanied by her husband of 22 years, Scott.
Sponsored by OASSA and Jostens, she received a plaque of recognition and will also receive a gold necklace. Additionally, in lieu of a $250 gift certificate at a local spa, she has asked Jostens to make the $250 donation to the NB Music Boosters in support of their uniform fund drive.
At her award presentation, Falkenstein talked about how well Beaupry takes care of students and of him.
"When I arrived as principal of North Baltimore Middle/High School, in my desk drawer there was an unsigned note that simply said, 'Just remember: Paula runs the school.' I later found out that, no, it was not Paula who put it there," he said.
Several quotes from students were given to show how Beaupry had personally helped them, including one student who credits the secretary with saving his life.
Examples of Beaupry's humor were described such as the time that she had students fill the principal's office waist high with scarlet and gray balloons on the day prior to the Michigan/OSU football game, since the principal is a Michigan fan.
At the end of the speech the room of several hundred secretaries from around the state burst into applause when the principal said, "Paula, thank you very much. I am really proud to be your assistant. You are most deserving of this state award."
When given a chance to speak, Beaupry said that she works with the best staff ever. "Teachers, cooks, bus drivers, everybody is so easy to work with. I am really proud of our staff. Dr. Bob is fun to work with. We all listen to one another and do what is right for kids in North Baltimore."
The Beauprys have two daughters who attend North Baltimore Schools: Allison is a sophomore and Zoey is a fifth-grader at Powell Elementary.
Beaupry will be honored locally at the NB Schools Board of Education meeting today.

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