Meanwhile, the Sullivan County school board is moving to get electrical service contracts for the new Sullivan East Middle School approved so it can open in January.
The Rev. Rich Penkoski, a Tri-Cities minister and father, and Tennessee Pastors Network President Dale Walker spoke out during Thursday’s Sullivan County school board meeting public comment section.
Up to 11 of Kingsport City Schools’ 43 buses may be in a nationwide recall for a seat padding issue. Meanwhile, Sullivan County Schools has found six of its 25 special education buses that might be in the recall.
School system director says “Pep Rally” poem in “Blue Lipstick: Concrete Poems” is not one of three poems in book teachers are to use in the classroom.
The online resource, a packaged version of Engage New York Math, is free to download and being used in place of Pearson textbooks adopted in 2016 that do not meet as many Tennessee math standards.
A move to reconsider the earlier vote on a calendar starting Aug. 3 and ending Dec. 18 for students failed 3-4.
Sullivan County Schools is to pay former Director of Schools Evelyn Rafalowski $1.000 to $1,500 a month as a consultant for the construction of Sullivan East Middle School and West Ridge High School.
Sullivan County’s Board of Education voted 7-0 to approve a compromise plan Tennessee officials said would meet maintenance of effort and that already has been approved by the County Commission
The compromise adds $800,000 to the county school system’s budget — but as contingency funding only to be used if two criteria are met: the school system sees an actual drop in average daily attendance of more than 1 percent and the school system’s local tax revenues really come in as low as the school system projected in its budget.
Why not just halt construction on West Ridge High School or turn it into a new Sullivan County Jail or cut the school system’s central office to save money? If you read Facebook comments, those ideas seem to be popular discussion points in talking about the potential loss of $4 million a year.
The Sullivan County Commission meeting on Wednesday is the first of three public meetings that will determine if schools in Sullivan County stay open.
Sullivan County school board member Mark Ireson plans to make a motion Thursday to reconsider the 2020-21 school calendar decision made at the Sept. 5 meeting, putting the last day of school before winter break a half day Dec. 23.
At issue is the 2019-20 school budget being about $800,000 short on meeting maintenance of effort requirements of Tennessee.
School officials said the 2019-20 Sullivan County budget does not meet maintenance of effort requirements, according to the state Department of Education and Comptroller’s Office.
Honored students either read at last 100 books last school year and over the summer or had the best reading improvement at their school.