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West Carroll School Board Meets New SRO

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West Carroll’s School Board met Thursday, September 6 with a lengthy agenda. The newest board member, Mrs. Nancy Johnson, was given the oath of office by School Director Dexter Williams to lead off the meeting. Mrs. Johnson is a retired teacher whose kids attended West Carroll and grandchildren are currently in the school system. She was warmly welcomed by the other board members and it was noted that she taught four of the board members in school.

Williams also presided over the election of school board officers for this school year. Only one nomination was made for each seat and voted on unanimously. William Robinson was elected as board chairman. Mike Foster was re-elected as vice-chairman and Kyle Foster was re-elected as secretary-treasurer for the board. Misty Mitchell was elected as legislative liason.

Following the elections, Robinson thanked the board for electing him board chairman and praised the board as being a strong board.

Carroll County Deputy Joey Hedge was introduced as the new school resource officer (SRO) for the West Carroll School System. Hedge is a 23-year veteran police officer having served in Huntingdon, Bruceton, and currently at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department.

Regina Alred, Supervisor of instruction, informed the board West Carroll was one of three schools in Carroll County that scored a 5 on the Tennessee Value Added Assessment System. McKenzie and Huntingdon were the other two systems. She broke the grade down system-wide by subject with West Carroll scoring a 5 in literacy (reading and language), a 3 in numeracy (math related), a 4 in science, and a 1 in social studies. She noted standards have changed multiple times in social studies and this would be going up shortly.

Principal Tim Stratton made a proposal to the board on behalf of Band Director Michael Nelson to reinstate a band booster organization. Stratton told the board he was in favor of reinstating a booster program to help the music teachers with fundraising efforts and free them to do more music-related things. There previously was a band booster program but it disbanded some time ago. Board members were told the boosters had already organized and had officers elected and all they needed at this point was board approval. The board gave unanimous approval to the organization.

Coach Gayle Kendrick, Head Junior High and Asst. High School coach approached the board with a funding request for the girls’ programs in high school and junior high. He told the board he had evaluated equipment needs for the girl’s programs and found that junior high game uniforms were about seven years old and the high school girls could use practice uniforms. He also informed the board he was in the process of starting a basketball program at the elementary school level and could use basic uniforms for that program as well. He gave the board a number of options to choose including uniforms and shoes at varying prices. After some discussion, the board unanimously voted to spend $3,770 to provide practice uniforms for the varsity, game uniforms for the junior high school and uniforms for the elementary program.

Board member Patrick Lindsey made a request to the board to consider investing $7,500 to streamline the School System’s policy manual through the TSBA. Lindsey noted there were a number of policies in the manual that were not used or needed anymore and since the board only met once a month it would take a lot of time for them to review the manual. It was noted the TSBA already keeps the board updated on current regulations. Nancy Johnson recommended having a board work session to look at the policy manual for themselves and see how much needed to be done before making a decision to spend the money. Board members approved the recommendation.

On the heels of a recommended work session, Director Dexter Williams approached the board about having regular work sessions to discuss and expedite necessary issues. He recommended having these work sessions prior to each board meeting since board members would already be here for meetings. The board approved having work sessions prior to each board meeting as needed.

In other board news and actions, The board approved a recommendation from Dana Carey to add a teacher assistant position with federal funds the system already has.

Board members approved the second reading of board policy updates regarding Insurance Management, English Learners, Transcript Alterations, Application and Employment, Background Investigations, Recommendations and File Transfers, Family and Medical Leave Act, Qualifications and Duties of the Director of Schools, Code of Conduct, Zero Tolerance Offenses, Corporal Punishment, and Child Abuse and Neglect.

Board members also approved the first reading of board policy updates on School District Planning, Bids and Quotations, District Water Testing, Homebound Instruction, Attendance, and Attendance During Post-Secondary Visits.

The board approved certification of compliance for student access to textbooks and instructional materials.

Janet Winchester informed the board the school system received a good food service audit report.

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