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McKenzie School Board Re-elects Officers

Posted 9/12/19

The McKenzie School Board met for its August session and re-elected the current officers for another term in their positions. School Director Lynn Watkins presided over the election and before any …

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McKenzie School Board Re-elects Officers

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The McKenzie School Board met for its August session and re-elected the current officers for another term in their positions. School Director Lynn Watkins presided over the election and before any nominations were made, board member Norman French made a motion to reelect the current officers by acclamation. The motion was seconded and approved unanimously. The school board officers are: John Austin-chairman, Jan Latimer-vice-chairman, Jon Davis-treasurer, Lance Rider-Tennessee legislation network member and LaShonda Williams-alternate TLN member.

Eighth grade reading teacher Cassie Ellis made a presentation to the board about Vocabulary.com, A free program being used to help students with their vocabulary and reading skills. Ellis announced that out of 39,702 schools across the U.S. using this program MMS ranked 126, 45th of all elementary and middle schools participating, 4th of all Division III schools and MMS ranked first in Tennessee.

Board members approved a memorandum of understanding related to collaborative conferencing and heard from McKenzie Education Association representative Malissa Anderson who read a thank you statement from the MEA.

“On behalf of the McKenzie Education Association, we would like to thank Mr. Watkins and our board members for working with us to create our first PECCA Agreement. To those who don’t know what PECCA stands for, Professional Educators Collaborative Conferencing Act. We are fortunate to live in a community where we all know each other and have the kind of relationship where we can sit down and discuss important matters that involve the future of our schools. Mr. Watkins has always had an open door policy and has always been willing to listen to our concerns. With this being said, we have the utmost faith and trust that our director of schools and our board will make the best decisions for all the stakeholders in our school system and honor McKenzie Education Association’s request to attach an updated salary schedule each year as well.”

In other action, the board approved the second reading of several amendments to the McKenzie Special School District Board of Education Policy Manual. The amended sections include Minutes, Graduation Requirements, Testing Programs, Separation Practices for Tenured and Non-Tenured Teachers, and Students from Military Families. Board members also approved budget amendments pertaining to federal monies to the McKenzie Special School District.

The director’s report included four new substitute teachers recently hired. They are Valerie Blyler-Gurley, Olivia Forgy, Tammie Dailey, and Kelly Henry. Watkins’ report also included a reminder of the Fall District meeting Tuesday, September 24 at Westview High School.

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