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King: Putnam School Budget Needs Funding To Remain Competitive

Putnam County School System’s new fiscal year budget has a roughly $2 million budget shortfall as the county awaits final tax numbers. Director of Schools Corby King presented the budget to the County Commission’s Budget Sub-Committee at a meeting Thursday night. King said the system is positioned well but needs to keep up with growth in the county. “The places I ... Read More »

Putnam Co. Pre-K Accepting Applications

Putnam County Pre-K program is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year starting July 30th. Pre-K through 4th grade Supervisor Jill Ramsey said she encourages parents to enroll their children in pre-k instead of daycare, because they learn skills that set them up for success in kindergarten. “Pre-K is much more specific in the skills that we’re trying to teach ... Read More »

Putnam Co. Schools Begin Summer Food Program

Putnam County Schools kick off its summer food service program on Tuesday. Nutrition Program Supervisor Jennifer Mitchell said the program provides both breakfast and lunch to any child under the age of 18. “Children do not have to be present for the meal to be picked up,” Mitchell said. “It’s helping to decrease interactions but also to help increase access ... Read More »

Budget Deficit Workable In Putnam Schools’ First Draft

All Putnam County School staff would receive a four percent raise under the system budget’s first draft approved Thursday night. The raise totals some $2.422 million, some of which will be paid for through the legislature’s appropriation. With property tax rates yet to be set because of reappraisals, the school system currently faces a $2.6 million budget deficit. “Often at ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Receive $1.4 Million BEP Estimate Increase Compared To 2020

Putnam County Director of Schools Corby King said a $1.4 million increase in BEP funding is projected for the system. The system received its first of three BEP Funding estimates from the state on Tuesday. King said the increase from 2020 is exactly the news the system wanted. “Our funding is based on our average daily membership in the school ... Read More »

Canopy Project Planned For Front, Back Of Cookeville High School

The Putnam County School System will help keep students out of the rain with new canopies at Cookeville High School. Deputy Schools Director Tim Martin said a ball park figure of $350,000 has been budgeted for the project. Martin said the hopeful goal is to have canopies at the main entrance and rear bus pickup entrance finished by the start ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Pre-Registration Closing On Friday

Students who were homeschooled due to COVID and plan to return to the Putnam County School System need to re-register. The pre-registration window for Putnam County Schools is set to close on Friday at 3:00 PM. Attendance Supervisor Chris Pierce said that families just need to make contact by phone or email with their former or current school to begin ... Read More »

Grow Your Own Grant Program Needs Secondary Math Teacher Candidates

Tennessee Tech is considering the second round of the Grow Your Own teacher grants. But, College of Education Associate Dean Julie Baker said if they were to move forward, they would need to find new partner districts. Baker said the first round of candidates are preparing for classes this Summer, but still have eight participant slots to fill. “Secondary ed ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Considering Options To Increase School Lunch Participation

Putnam County Schools are considering options to increase student participation during school lunch. Director of Schools Corby King said that he asked to meet with a vendor to gather ideas about creating menus more aligned with what kids want to eat. King said he is not looking to take cafeteria employees off the payroll, but is interested in providing better ... Read More »

King: Time Is Now To Go Back To Work On New School

Putnam County Director of Schools Corby King said the system could be back to using portable classrooms if the community does not resume work on a new K-8 school. At a joint work session of county commissioners and school board members Tuesday night, King said enrollment numbers had increased some six percent in the four years prior to COVID-19. “If ... Read More »