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King: Graduation Time Of Excitement And Pride

Putnam County School System is full of excitement as the year winds down and graduation ceremonies begin. Director of Schools Corby King said graduation is a huge milestone for all students, not just in Putnam County. He said students have worked for the past 10 to 12 years of their lives to get to this point. “It kind of signifies ... Read More »

Putnam School Board Looking At New Cell Phone Policy For MS And HS

Putnam County School System is preparing a potential new policy that will set rules for cell phone use at the middle and high schools. Board Chair Kim Cravens said cell phone use in school presents major distractions for students. She said when a phone is accessible during class time, there is no longer a focus on the teacher and what ... Read More »

Putnam Schools SERT Team Makes Recommendations To Improve System Safety

Putnam County Schools’ School Emergency Response Team has made recommendations to help the system boost its school safety. The SERT team includes representatives from all first responder departments including police, fire, and EMS. The team helps the school system form an “All Hazards” safety plan. PCSS Deputy Director Tim Martin said one of the most important recommendations was to upgrade ... Read More »

Commissioners Hear Putnam Schools Growth & Maintenance Needs

Putnam County Commissioners got the School System’s syllabus for this year’s budget, the system’s anticipated growth needs, and capital project priorities during a joint session Monday night. Commissioner Darren Wilson said he appreciated the overview which included a facilities and maintenance priority list through the 2028 school year. “I do like the fact that they’ve got given us a five-year ... Read More »

School Board Priorities Include Additions To Cane Creek And Northeast

The Putnam County School Board will bring a list of priorities to county commissioners that includes additions to both Cane Creek Elementary and Northeast Elementary. The two boards hold their annual pre-budget meeting Monday night. The system wants to add three to four classrooms to both schools in an effort to deal with a growing elementary school population. Director of ... Read More »

Putnam Schools Approve Proposal Requests For Current Park View

The Putnam County School System will begin exploration of possible contractors and costs to renovate the current Park View Elementary School. The School Board approved a request for proposals Thursday night to begin that process. The school system has discussed renovating the facility to be used as a centralized Pre-K Center for the elementary schools within Cookeville. Director Of Schools ... Read More »

Putnam Schools First Budget Draft: 29 New Employees, Pay Raises

The Putnam County Schools want to use more than $8 million in new state funding to increase salaries and add new personnel. Director of Schools Corby King highlighted a first draft of the new fiscal year budget Thursday night. King said they believe the new state funding formula should produce an additional $12 million in revenue, though final numbers will ... Read More »

PCSS To Add Behavioral Health Liaison At Avery Trace

Putnam County Schools set to add a new behavioral health liaison to help counselors continue supporting student needs. A behavioral liaison is similar to a counselor with more of a focus on individual attention. Social Emotional Wellness Coordinator Sheila Barker said they currently have a liaison at Upperman Middle School. She said they are trying to increase the resources students ... Read More »

Presley Named Park View Elementary Principal

Dr. Melody Presley has been named the new principal at Cookeville’s Park View Elementary. Presley has spent the last 13 years as assistant principal at Avery Trace Middle School. She replaces Bobby Winningham who is retiring at the end of the school year. Presley has served as teacher, coach and administrator at Avery Trace for 18 years. “Dr. Presley has ... Read More »

Putnam’s Electric School Buses Should Arrive In Next 60 Days

New electric school buses could be on the ground in Putnam County within the next two months. Putnam County Schools Transportation Supervisor Ron Chaffin said there have been a few delays, attributed to the supply chain. “We have had a series of meetings with TVA meetings with the company in charge that’s going to be installing our charging systems for ... Read More »