Weakley County Director of Schools Randy Frazier reported a “good beginning” to the new year and second half of the school year and spoke on several items of interest on the horizon for 2011 at the January monthly meeting of the Weakley County School Board on Thursday.
“I spoke with Mr. Hartsfield and on Jan. 11 at 10 a.m., the bid will open for the science labs at Dresden High School. Once the bid is in, we’ll try to get the work done without disruption,” Frazier explained.
Science lab work is expected to be completed in two phases. The first will involve floor work and one side of the classroom will be shut down while the other is under construction.
“Mr. West will work with the scheduling and phase two will begin after the first side of the classroom is finished,” Frazier continued.
“This is our biggest academic need right now and we’re looking forward to seeing the results.”
Frazier reported that the only pending lawsuit left that the school system is involved in – a lawsuit regarding special education – is “over with except for the ruling.”
He is expecting a summary to be provided from the attorney and a written rebuttal in as few as one or as many as six months.
System report cards were released on Friday and Frazier reported everything to be in overall good standing with an emphasis on staff development and Race to the Top as well as three high schools targeted for graduation rate.
“I’m confident we will move forward,” Frazier remarked.
“After this year, I’m told the kinks will have been worked out and by 2013, 2014, everything will be online testing. If that happens, the data will come back almost immediately and that will definitely prevent delays. Everyone in the state is in the same situation.”
Board members Joan Pritchett and Barbara Trentham praised the school system and its teachers for continuing to keep up with technology in making learning more convenient and opportunistic for students.
“Our students are experiencing things most of us have never experienced before. We’re comparable with most everyone,” Pritchett commented.
“I’m amazed at how progressive we are compared to others I’ve heard from,” Trentham added.
“We have something to be proud of.”
Frazier reported that the audit was received two weeks ago and everything seems to be in good standing with the only concern being the time frame in receiving the audit from year to year.
The board has been invited to hear Dr. Bill Daggett speak at the Milan Special School District from 7-9 p.m. on Feb. 15.
From the agenda, the board approved the hiring of Kenneth Edwards as a volunteer basketball coach for Martin Middle boys basketball, the textbook adoption committees for mathematics and in consent items, the Dresden High HOSA’s trip to Memphis on Saturday, Jan. 15 to watch the Grizzlies and attend HOSA day at the game with hands-on sports medicine/athletic training clinic and a request from Matthew Hazlewood concerning his child.
Two budget transfers were approved: Res. 2011-06 to move money into special education and Res. 2011-20 to add money to the Participation for Success grant and to add money to coordinated school health for health screenings, an employee on maternity leave without pay and grant money.
In announcements, sympathy was extended to the family of Ellen Huffstetler, a long-time Greenfield School teacher. Additional sympathy was extended to Darlene Drummond (Martin Primary,
Gleason and Sharon) in the death of her mother; Joan Howell (Martin Primary) in the death of her father; Misty Vaughn (Martin Primary) in the death of her grandfather; Nancy Taylor (Martin Primary) in the death of her brother-in-law; Mandy Sturdivant (Martin Primary) in the death of her grandmother and Karen Cross (Greenfield) in the loss of her father.
Congratulations were extended to the Greenfield Junior High Lady Yellowjackets and the Martin Middle School Panthers for winning the Weakley County Junior High/Middle School Basketball championship.
Congratulations were also extended to the Martin Middle Lady Panthers and to the Greenfield Junior High Yellowjackets for being runners-up.
The board recognized former representative Mark Maddox for his years of hard efforts for the school system and its students.
“We’d like to recognized all the great work he’s done during his tenure.
“The people at the state level have such a high regard for him and we want to thank him for the great effort he’s put out for education in Tennessee,” Chairman Gordon Morris remarked.
There will be a training session for board members beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 24 and the next meeting of the Weakley County School Board will take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3 at Sharon School.