Thorne Thurston goes the Extra Mile in school technology

Butts County School System Superintendent Robert “Buddy” Costley, left, presents technology specialist Thorne Thurston with the January Extra Mile Award. (Staff Photo: Sherri Ellington)

Butts County School System technology specialist Thorne Thurston was the first Extra Mile Award winner of 2017, getting kudos for making technology understandable.

Maja Milam, the media specialist at Jackson High School, nominated Thurston for the award, citing him for being reliable, dedicated and experienced in technology and producing quality work. The Extra Mile Award was presented at the Jan. 10 Butts County Board of Education meeting.

“He has a gift for explaining technical issues in terms his audience can understand,” Milam wrote in her nomination. “He strives and genuinely desires to constantly improve his technical knowledge and skill set. …He has a team-player mindset, enthusiastic embrace of change and an unwavering commitment to exceeding expectations.”

In addition to high levels of service, communication and professionalism, Milam also said he was competent and enthusiastic about his work.

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“He invariably understands exactly what a project is all about from the outset and how to get it done quickly,” she wrote. “Thorne often brings brightness into the room and makes everyone feel at ease. He is also very concerned about his tasks and always wants to go above and beyond on each of them.”

Milam also noted the technology department’s high-volume workload did not slow Thurston down as he learns the systems and software used by the school system.

“His leadership and communication skills when working with staff are flawless,” Milam said.

Thorne Thurston is the son of Chris Thurston, the school system’s director of maintenance. He is a Jackson High School graduate and former Red Devil athlete.

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