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Sparta’s Findlay Elementary Submitted for Design Award

The design of Sparta’s new Findlay Elementary School is being submitted for a Tennessee School Board Association award. White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said it might be styled as learning factory with its saw tooth roof and cinder block walls, since it is near Sparta’s industrial park. However, the inside feels like a modern school. “There’s lots of ... Read More »

White Co. Enrollment Down 3 Percent

White County School’s enrollment has decreased by 3 percent from last year. A total of 120 students either switched to home schooling or online courses. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said the decline was expected. “No one knows what to really expect with COVID-19, but we certainly anticipated we would have a drop,” Dronbarger said. “I actually thought it might ... Read More »

This Week: Livingston Talks Firefighting

Livingston will discuss the hiring of full time firefighters Tuesday night. The Board of Aldermen decided last month to move toward full time employees after a recommendation from the University of Tennessee’s municipal advisory board. At Tuesday night’s meeting, the aldermen will discuss the issue. Downtown revitalization will also be discussed. Meeting time set for Tuesday night at 6pm. The ... Read More »

White Co. Full Return To Class

White County transitioned from its hybrid schedule Monday to all in-person students returning. Director of Schools Kurt Dronebargar said car rider traffic and delayed lunch lines were the main issues. “It is kind of like starting school for the first time again,” Dronebargar said. “So, the traffic lines and a little back up at lunch and that sort of thing. ... Read More »

Dronebarger Named UC Director Of Year

White County Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger has been named 2021 Upper Cumberland Superintendent of the Year. “I would say that most of you would agree with me, there’s probably not a better accolade or accomplishment that one can receive than to be recognized by their peers,” Tennessee Director Of School Superintendents Dale Lynch said. “You’ve got a good man ... Read More »

White County Maintenance Team Ready For School Year

Local schools have been closed for more than five months, and White County School local maintenance teams are busy getting the buildings ready. Maintenance Department Director Randy Alley said thanks to schools being closed since March, more repairs have been done. “It’s been good for the maintenance department to be able to get into some situations that you would put ... Read More »

White Co Schools To Start With 2 Days In School

The White County Schools will start the fall term with students in school two days a week and at home three days. The hybrid model, according to Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger, represents a cautious way to ensure student safety. “We’re going to open with students in school two days a week and we’ll have one cohort that comes on ... Read More »

White County Teacher Nominated For State Teacher Of The Year

White County Middle School Teacher Teresa Buckner is one of nine finalists for Tennessee Teacher of the Year. Buckner said being selected is an honor, but believes all teachers should be recognized for their hard work during the Covid shutdown. “It is very exciting,” Buckner said. “Not only for me, but for our county. I feel special and honored to ... Read More »

White Co. Swaps Property with Schools

The White County Commissioners approved the transfer of the old White County Middle School from the school system to the county. County Mayor Denny Wayne Robinson said the future of the property is unknown. “The County Commission has had many different talks,” Robinson said. “Some talk about a park. Some talk about using the building for storage. We have storage ... Read More »

UC Schools Agree With Governor’s Recommendation

The directors of both the Clay and White County School Systems agree with Governor Bill Lee’s recommendations to keep schools closed. Clay School Director Matt Eldridge said Wednesday’s announcement did not surprise him. “Well that’s what most of us thought would happen, and one reason is there not being a cure for this yet, it’d be hard for them to ... Read More »