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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 »

Overton County Audit Shows Serious Issues In School District

A Tennessee Comptroller’s Office audit of Overton County “shows serious problems” citing the school system on 10 findings for the fiscal year ending June 2021. Communications Director John Dunn said the growth from two to 10 findings over the past year causes concern. “We really encourage Overton County to consider the idea of having a centralized finance office that again ... Read More »

White Co Schools Submit Feedback On New Education Funding Framework

Funding for needed positions, technology upgrades and teacher compensation among the feedback that White County Schools submitted as the state works on a new education funding formula. The state department of education gave one week of public comment on the new funding framework. Tuesday was the deadline. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the suggestions have been folded into this ... Read More »

Community Members Voice Concerns About Funding At BEP Town Hall

A local attorney said it is important public tax dollars continue to fund public schools at Tuesday night’s BEP Town Hall. Anne Austin said she worries that there’s more to the idea of revisiting the BEP formula. “I am a strong proponent of a strong public education system,” Austin said. “That means funding it with taxpayer dollars whether they’re federal ... Read More »

BEP Town Hall Discussion Focuses On Equity In School Funding

Equity. That was the word most used at Tuesday night’s forum on public school funding. Jackson Schools High School Supervisor of Instruction Deb Whitaker said that when the state recognizes smaller counties have had to make do with their resources. “We have to do the same things that systems ten times our size do with one-tenth the number of people,” ... Read More »

Putnam Emergency Workers Spend National First Responders Day Shopping With Kids

Thursday is National First Responders Day but Putnam County responders spent the morning giving back to kids. Responders from around the county took over 30 students on a $115 shopping spree at Academy Sports and Outdoors. Cookeville Police Officer Mason Vaughn said the kids always start out shy during events but before you know it, they’re off and running. “It’s ... Read More »

Algood Middle Entryway Project Requiring More Fire Protection

The Algood Middle School entryway project will require additional work to meet Putnam County Fire Marshall requirements. Deputy Director Tim Martin said plans checked out on paper but an onsite inspection determined a more substantial fire break wall and metal doors for the office were needed. Martin said that luckily contingency funds were set aside to complete the project. “Where ... Read More »

PCSS Decline State Tutoring Program, Look Towards TTU Partnership

The Putnam County School System is preparing its own tutoring program after declining to participate in Tennessee ALL Corps. Federal Programs Supervisor Bridgett Carwile said the state’s program was restrictive and contains guidelines that would force the school system to pay back money if certain criteria is not met. Carwile said ESSER 3.0 money has been reserved for tutoring. “We’re ... Read More »