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McKenzie School Board Inducts New Members

Posted 9/8/20

McKENZIE (September 1) — McKenzie Special School District Board of Education inducted three newly elected members. Administered the oath of office were Karen Fowler, Misty Aird and Chad Brown. …

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McKenzie School Board Inducts New Members

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McKENZIE (September 1) — McKenzie Special School District Board of Education inducted three newly elected members. Administered the oath of office were Karen Fowler, Misty Aird and Chad Brown. Also administered an oath was student representative Lyndsey Summers, a senior at McKenzie High School, who sits with the board in an advisory, non-voting status.

Selected as the board’s leadership for the 2020-21 school year were: Jon Davis, chairman; LaShonda Williams, vice-chairman; Greg Barker, treasurer; and Tennessee Legislative Network members Karen Fowler and Misty Aird as a member and alternative, respectively.

The board set October 6, 5:30 p.m. to meet to appoint a new member to fill the vacancy created by Norman French’s resignation.

The board altered the 2020-21 school calendar by adding two days of instruction, October 22 and March 18, which were originally set aside as teacher/administration data days. Those will be regular instructional days followed by a parent-teacher conference on both days.

Lynn Watkins, director of schools, said he worked with the McKenzie Education Association to add those days of instruction because students are having to switch between in-person and distance learning due to COVID-19 infections and/or required quarantines or isolations. Students return to in-person classes on September 8 after more than two weeks of distance learning. He said he works with the county’s Health Department, which provides stats on infections of students. He said possibly two students will be quarantined or isolation when in-person classes resume. One teacher will still be quarantined until Wednesday. He said he makes the final decision whether or not students return to in-person classes. He said the school board can choose to make the decision in his stead, however, he alone takes the consequences for the decision.

In the director’s report, Watkins announced four new substitute teachers: Sean Beck, Damian Brown, Mary Davis and Debbie Reed.

Board members were notified of the Tuesday, September 20 virtual Tennessee School Boards Association District Meeting.

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