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West Carroll Administers Oath to New Member, Honors Retirees

by Joel Washburn washburn@mckenziebanner.com
Posted 11/10/20

ATWOOD (November 5) — Kimberly Smith of Trezevant is the newly appointed member of the West Carroll School Board. She was unanimously approved during the November 5 meeting at West Carroll …

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West Carroll Administers Oath to New Member, Honors Retirees

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ATWOOD (November 5) — Kimberly Smith of Trezevant is the newly appointed member of the West Carroll School Board. She was unanimously approved during the November 5 meeting at West Carroll Junior/High School. Smith replaces Kyle Foster, who resigned. Smith is a real estate agent with Crye-Leike - Blue Sky in Jackson. She has a son, who is a senior at West Carroll and a grandchild in the school system. Board Member Misty Mitchell recommended Smith, saying she previously worked with her at Centennial Bank.

Kyle Foster was honored for his service from 2015 to 2020. He received a plaque from Dexter Williams, director of schools. Foster said he enjoyed his service and expressed his appreciation for is replacement having a child and grandchild in the system. “I am for the school. Keep students and teachers in the forefront.”

Retirees were honored for their dedicated services. Lynn Grimes, a third grade teacher, retired after 35 years in the system. Sherri Cooper, a third grade teacher, retired after 33 years, and Dorothy Rimmer, a educational assistant, retired with 19 years plus many years as a substitute teacher.

Two teachers earned tenure. Nicole Andrews, a first grade teacher, and Keshia Jackson, a sixth grade science teacher, were both unanimously approved for tenure.

The board adopted its recently modified Five-Year Plan. It adds an emphasis on agriculture, increase parental involvement opportunities, and an increase on focus on teachers.

Four of the five board policies recommended by the Tennessee Schools Boards Association were approved. Those included tobacco-free schools, Title IX and Sexual Harassment, Student Concerns, Complaints, and Grievances, and Physical Examinations and Immunizations. The lone one that was not approved was Fundraising Activities.

Board member Patrick Lindsey said the recommended Fundraising Activities indicates all students are treated equally, regardless of their efforts to raise funds for the group. He said there should be a provision for students who work harder to be rewarded.

A planned review of the contract of Dexter Williams was delayed to January. Lindsey said the board never ratified the contract. He said it should include some personal goals for the director.

Trips of student groups were approved. Those included the Beta Club to travel to Nashville in February and a softball trip to Cookeville in April.

Two resignations were noted included Linda Hodgson (physical education) and Dakota Noble, an eighth grade math teacher.

Cross Country coach Jason Martin honored student-athlete Clark Bradley for winning 20th in the Regional Championship in Martin.

Jackie Wester, principal of West Carroll Primary School, said the first Parent-Teacher Organization was held outside on the school campus. She thanked the school board for the new temperature station to monitor the body temperatures of students as they enter the school.

Director Williams said personnel at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department will soon be able to monitor the schools surveillance cameras.

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