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Parents, Teachers More Prepared For Retention Year Two

Year two of the third-grade retention law has been a much smoother process for many parents and educators because of clearer expectations and more communication. That according to Jackson County Director of Schools Jason Hardy who said when the law was rolled out last year, it lacked clarity. He said when parents receive their students’ TCAP scores later this month, ... Read More »

Williams: Allowing Teachers To Carry Weapons A Deterrent

The Tennessee House could take up the bill this week allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons on K-12 campuses. State Representative Ryan Williams said staffers would be required to have an enhanced carry permit, provide an additional fingerprint, and undergo 40 hours of active shooter training. He said they would also need to pass the same mental health ... Read More »

Putnam District Guiding Coalition Seeking Result-Based Improvement

Putnam County Schools training on a new District Guiding Coalition to achieve increased social and academic enrichment for students. Secondary Instructional Supervisor Bubba Winningham said the coalition has 33 members including Director of Schools Corby King and the principals of all district schools. Winningham said the coalition is result-oriented, pursuing measurable enhancement of student and teacher experience. “Anything we do, ... Read More »

Putnam County Schools Recruiting Substitute Teachers

The Putnam County School System is currently recruiting substitute teachers for the upcoming school year. The School System’s Amy Hall said the search for substitutes is going very well. She said there is always a need for good substitutes because they ensure the year continues smoothly even if a teacher has to take time off. “They are just as important ... Read More »

Van Buren Will Have To Increase School Budget To Meet State Guidelines

The Van Buren County Director of Schools told County Commissioners Tuesday night they will need to increase school spending by some $450,000 to meet new state education guidelines. Cheryl Cope presented budget projections based on the new Tennessee education formula. Cope said the maintenance of effort number represents the local investment in education. “Projected maintenance of effort is over one ... Read More »

Bus Driver Shortage Still Mixed Bag Across UC

Upper Cumberland school systems continue to work through issues with finding school bus drivers and substitute drivers. DeKalb County Transportation Manager Billy Rhody said he said they have routes covered, but do not have enough substitutes. He said when a driver is out, they have to make changes and double up routes in order to cover all pickups and drop-offs. ... Read More »

Jackson, Overton HWY Departments Report Clear Roads After Morning Snow

The roads in Jackson and Overton counties are clear after a small amount of snow accumulation Thursday morning. Both school systems closed for the day out of precaution. Overton Road Supervisor James Norrod said there seemed to be no problem areas within the county this morning. “It was starting to flurry pretty good,” Norrod said, “You seen just a little ... Read More »

Putnam School System Evaluating Facilities For Returning Students

Putnam County School System preparing for your students to return to class. Prescott South Middle School Principal Tera Brooks said the preparation starts the week before holiday break. Brooks said the campus has a maintenance tech that evaluates facilities for touch-ups. “We went around the building and looked around while the students were still there and looked around at areas ... Read More »

Rodgers: New School Funding Will Require Forward-Thinking From Commissioners

Putnam County Commission Budget Chair Ben Rodgers said he’s hopeful about what the new school funding formula means for the county. Putnam County School System Director Corby King presented information about the funding formula to the County Commission Monday night. Rodgers said that under the new formula, the county should be in good budget shape for the next five years ... Read More »

Multiple Early School Dismissals Shows Importance Of Planning

The majority of Upper Cumberland schools dismissed early Wednesday due to the threat of severe weather. Situations like this remind families the importance of having a early dismissal plan ready. White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the key is knowing where a student will be. “Who is going to be able to pick them up, who can watch ... Read More »