Sunday, February 28, 2021
Happening Now

Tag Archives: Director of Schools Mark Winningham

Overton County School Director Removed From Position

Overton County Director of Schools Mark Winningham has been removed from his position. The board of education Tuesday voted in favor 6-4 to transfer Winningham to another job within the system. Chairman Jarman Hicks said a breakdown between Winningham and the board lead to the decision. “During our conversation, Mr. Winningham felt that the relationship between himself and the board ... Read More »

LA Planning In-Person Return Next Week

Livingston Academy will be fully virtual this week due to an abundance of staff being out with COVID or in quarantine. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said that at least 20 staff members are out at the school. Winningham said the plan is to return in-person next week. “We had a pretty significant number of staff members who were either ... Read More »

Virtual Learning Increases Need For Overton Schools Laptop Repairs

Overton County Schools are seeing an unattended consequence to virtual learning with IT staff shortages to repair laptops. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said when having a set budget for the school year, it is not possible to add an employee to catch up on tech work. “[Repairs] are not an uncommon thing. It is just the number of devices ... Read More »

Overton Schools Temporarily Switch To Virtual Learning

All Overton County Schools will transition to virtual only learning from December 14th to December 17th. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said the reason is to protect students and staff as COVID numbers rise. “We have seen an increase in our numbers again as far as students being quarantine. Students being positive,” Winningham said. “Staff being quarantined. Staff being positive.” ... Read More »

LA Students’ Spring Learning Decision Form Is Due Friday

Livingston Academy students have until Friday to decide between in-person or virtual learning for the spring. Any student that chooses virtual can not return in person for the remainder of the year. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said the permanent decision allows the school system to appoint virtual only class periods. “If I am teaching say history at the high ... Read More »

Partnership Gives Three Counties Access To Aviation

High School students of Clay, Jackson and Pickett counties can participate next year in Overton County’s aviation classes. The partnership comes from a grant designed to increase rural learning opportunities about unmanned aircraft systems. Overton County Director of Schools Mark Winningham said the $179,000 will be used for equipment for students to tune-in virtually. “They will also have opportunities to ... Read More »

Livingston Academy Baseball Field House Heated This Season

Livingston Academy’s baseball field house will be heated next season with a new propane system. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said baseball team coaches made the request to keep players warm between innings. “It has been there for several years. It has never had heat or air in it,” Winningham said. “We are glad we are going to be able ... Read More »

New Bus Awning Approved For Rickman Elementary

The Overton County Board of Education has approved replacing the awning at Rickman Elementary’s bus drop off area. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said a storm last spring damaged the canopy to the point of being irreparable. “Well, it was the sheet metal and the frame, as well,” Winningham said. “It twisted the frame of the awning, so that is ... Read More »

Overton Schools Add To Virtual Learning Capacity

Overton County Schools have purchased four additional Microsoft team rooms to increase virtual learning capacity. The online meeting rooms provide a platform for students learning from home. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said the upgrades give the school system the option to go fully virtually if needed. “We noticed that need back in the spring,” Winningham said. “When we closed ... Read More »

Overton Schools Accepting Bids For New Phone System

Overton County Schools is looking to install a new phone system for all buildings in the district. Director of Schools Mark Winningham said project will be an expensive one with over 100 phones to replace. “Our phone system is in most of our schools is an outdated system,” Winningham said. “It is an old Nortel system, which you can not ... Read More »