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McKenzie School Board Honors Two Retirees

Posted 5/15/19

McKenzie’s School Board met in their final session prior to the school’s summer vacation. They opened the meeting recognizing retiring High School Librarian Mona Batchelor and Education …

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McKenzie School Board Honors Two Retirees

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McKenzie’s School Board met in their final session prior to the school’s summer vacation. They opened the meeting recognizing retiring High School Librarian Mona Batchelor and Education Assistant Renee Brown. Batchelor spent the last 10 years as MHS’s librarian while Brown spent 23 years in the school system spending time in each of the three schools.

School Director Lynn Watkins thanked both of them for their service and gave them gifts from the board and school system. The two will be honored May 20 at a retirement luncheon given by the McKenzie Education Association.

Coordinated School Health Supervisor Mandy Drewery, along with her assistant Jennifer Medford, gave a presentation covering what the program had done in the school system during the year.

Wellness screenings were done in grades K, 2, 4, 6, 8 and High school focusing on basic health such as height, weight, body mass, etc. Coordinated health sponsored a “Walk To School Day” which had 212 students participate along with family members.

McKenzie’s freshman class participated in a county-wide Teen Summit that focused on bullying.

Coordinated School Health made contributions to the McKenzie School System totaling $5017.41 for a variety of different things related to the school health program.

A new program will be coming to Coordinated Health next school year called “Be In The Zone” It is a teen driving program sponsored by Vanderbilt Hospital through Coordinated School Health. It is only being done in 11-12 schools in the Nashville area because of the proximity to Vandy.

Jennifer Medford told the board and audience that she learned of the program while visiting Vanderbilt and was able to get access to the program due to the traffic accident involving multiple teens of which one was airlifted to Vanderbilt earlier this year.

Following the presentation, Director Watkins introduced Drew Beeler as the new student representative to the school board for the next school year. Later in the meeting, he recognized outgoing student representative Isabella Colotta for her efforts during the school year.

Colotta received compliments from board members for her consistent attendance and participation in the school board’s work during the year. She was presented with a gift from the board.

The school board approved high school instructional fees for the upcoming school year. These include fees for all science classes being $15, Art-$15, Biology II Lab Manual-$17.50, Driver Education-$45, Computer-$5, Accounting materials-$27, Health Science-$15, Health Science Scrubs-$40, TN Ready Test Prep- $5, Diploma/Diploma Cover-$26, Cap and Gown-$44, and Student Professional Health Liability Insurance-$15.

The board also approved the lone middle school instructional fee of $10 for all science lab classes and $20 to be the instructional fee for all elementary school grades K-4.

During the director’s report, Watkins advised the board they needed to schedule a workshop date to work on next year’s school budget and update the school system’s 5-year strategic plan.

The board agreed on June 11 at 5:30 p.m. for the workshop at which time a called school board meeting will be scheduled to approve the school budget prior to the new fiscal year beginning July 1.

The Director’s Report also included four teachers who have tendered their resignations including Anna Trull, Renee Hobson, Misty Logan, and Donna Simmons. It was also learned prior to the board meeting that elementary school principal Tim Barker has also tendered his resignation.

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