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McKENZIE — McKenzie’s School Board met Tuesday, April 2, with a short but active agenda on tap. After adopting the regular and consent agenda, High School Counselor Sheila Ridley …
McKENZIE — McKenzie’s School Board met Tuesday, April 2, with a short but active agenda on tap. After adopting the regular and consent agenda, High School Counselor Sheila Ridley addressed the board about a recent student trip to the Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) held in Murfreesboro.
According to Ridley, the annual SCOPE conference is an all-day session involving 300 students from across Tennessee including the four who attended from McKenzie High School. The students representing MHS were Drew Beeler, Isabella Colotta, Momi Deloach, and Cameron Kee. Each was involved in different groups debating different topics involving education such as students getting PE credit for being involved in school athletics, the various consequences for fighting on school grounds, and high school graduation pathways allowing more flexibility with classes. The Board presented the four with certificates for their participation in the SCOPE conference.
The board unanimously approved amendments to the MSSD Policy Manual regarding Tobacco-Free Schools along with Promotion and Retention. Prior to the vote, School Director Lynn Watkins advised board members the amendment to the Tobacco-Free Schools policy added electronic or battery operated devices and vapor products to the existing policy. On the Promotion and Retention amendment, Watkins advised that the amendment was to make a more realistic retention policy than what already was in existence.
The board also approved the local textbook adoption committee’s recommendations for Social Studies, Spanish, CTE, Marketing, and Computer Applications. They also approved High School Principal Tim Watkins’ recommendation allowing varsity basketball practice during the school day for the 2019-2020 school year. Typically, the girls practice fourth block during the first semester and boys practice during fourth block during second semester.
Schools Director Lynn Watkins had several announcements for the board including the McKenzie Middle School Honors Banquet being set for April 16 and Teacher Appreciation is May 2. He reminded board members they needed to be thinking about when to hold their annual budget workshop and meet to approve the school budget for next school year and get these dates set. The next school board meeting is May 7 at 5:30 at the board office.