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Board talks buses, Carroll-Oakland plans

Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:11 PM

A resolution asking the state of Tennessee to extend the life of buses and the need for construction at Carroll-Oakland Elementary were just two topics discussed at the Wilson County Board of Education meeting Monday.

After approving several changes to board policies on second reading, Director of Schools Tim Setterlund recommended board members adopt a Tennessee School Board Association sample resolution to extend the life of school buses.

Board member Bill Robinson said he didn't want to take chances when it came to what the students rode to school in.

Board Chairman Don Weathers said "What TSBA is asking for is to extend the life of buses so that we don't spend so much money replacing them."

Currently, a bus must be replaced after reaching the 200,000 mile milestone, or if it is 17 years old. The resolution allows for buses that would normally have to be retired to continue to be used as long as they meet a safety inspection.

In other new business, board member Wayne McNeese proposed sending a plan to the county Education Committee regarding construction at Carroll-Oakland Elementary.

"I would like to propose we send to the county [a plan] that includes a new gym, new cafeteria and a second story," McNeese said. "Carroll-Oakland is as bad now as West Wilson Middle School was a couple years ago. I'd like to see it fixed."

Robinson echoed the sentiment.

The board will discuss the plans in more detail at its next work session before sending anything to the Education Committee.

Board members also approved on first reading a new policy on handling concussions, which Setterlund said will put the county in compliance with state laws and approved a bid for athletic lighting at West Wilson Middle School.

The next meeting will be Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. A work session will be held Feb. 1 at 8 a.m.

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