|Stockpile snow days given green light |
|Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2012 12:56 pm |
The candid decision to not grant stockpile snow days by the state’s newest education commissioner Kevin Huffman caused a bit of a controversial stir among school districts across Tennessee.
The comment stemmed from a meeting held between the commissioner and directors of schools.
With the Weakley County Schools calendar already in place allotting four stockpile snow days, director of schools Randy Frazier requested clarification from Huffman.
During a school board meeting held Thursday in Dresden, Frazier announced he received the clarification he sought from Huffman and the education commissioner will be granting stockpile snow days already in place on the schools’ calendar. Students in Weakley County attend longer school days than what is mandated by the state.
By allowing students an extra half hour each day for school, the local system can “stockpile” snow days before students are required to use holidays and breaks to make up days off for inclement weather.
Frazier announced good news for the Weakley County School System during the board meeting. The director of schools said the recent county audit showed no findings across Weakley County.
He applauded all school level book-keeping efforts which attributed to a “successful audit.”
Frazier also stressed the importance of upcoming TCAP testing and announced he had issued letters to each of the city mayors across the county asking for cooperation in not scheduling functions at city parks the nights before student TCAP testing days.
TCAP testing will take place April 23-26. Frazier asked city mayors to clear the parks’ calendars from Sunday through Wednesday so that students could have adequate preparation time before the tests.
The Martin Middle School will add a spring sport to its athletics slate with the approval by the Weakley County School Board to allow baseball as a spring sport.
Frazier said he had received some inquiries into the addition of baseball at MMS. The schedule will coincide with high school baseball. Sandy Bigham will be in charge of the program, while Wade Bigham and Jodi Hazlewood will serve as volunteer coaches.
There will be a total of 16 games on the schedule.
Jason Sullivan was also named a volunteer coach for Westview High School baseball during the school board meeting.
In other athletics news, school board members congratulated the Martin Middle School Panthers and Lady Panthers for winning the county championship and the Dresden Middle School Lions and Greenfield Junior High Lady Yellowjackets for claiming the runner-up titles in basketball.
Board members also congratulated Dresden High School students for their recent participation in a project leadership competition held recently at Murray State University. Ty Roberts placed first and Tianna Winstead placed second.
In budget news, the Weakley County School Board approved a resolution authorizing a budget amendment to the General Purpose School Fund.
Frazier reported the county did not receive a projected $27,000 Safe Schools Grant.
The county received only $24,100 from the grant and a resolution was needed to reflect the $2,900 loss in the budget.
Board members approved the following field trips:
• Westview English III and IV to travel to the Carson center in Paducah, Ky., to see The Taming of the Shrew Jan. 17 and
• Sharon Junior High Eagles and Lady Eagles to play in the TNT Tourney in Springfield sometime between Feb. 3-18.
The next meeting of the Weakley County School Board is set for 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at Dresden Elementary School.