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Wilson schools eliminate positions

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:47 PM

The Wilson County Board of Education voted Monday to cut several positions, including teaching and administrative spots.

“There comes a time at the end of the year when, unfortunately, we have to abolish some positions,” said Interim Director of Schools Mary Ann Sparks.

The positions affected by the vote included a physical education teacher, a French teacher, a math teacher, a Spanish teacher and the deputy director of student services position.

“With the high school positions, I will tell you that we are working even now and will continue to work throughout the summer and hopefully we’ll be able to place them somewhere within our system,” Sparks told board members.

The physical education and math positions were eliminated from Wilson Central, and the Spanish and French positions were eliminated from Lebanon High School.

Following discussion, the recommendation passed unanimously, with board member Larry Tomlinson absent.

The board also approved changes to a policy regarding transfers within the school system, with Bill Robinson voting no on the issue. Two bids for services to the school system were also approved unanimously.

Board Chair Don Weathers gave an update on the latest contract negotiations with the Tennessee Board of Regents in regard to the old Lebanon High School. The TBR has been negotiating leasing the building for use as a technology center.

“If there are any capital maintenance improvements the Tennessee Board of Regents makes to the building…a new roof, or put in a new air conditioner unit and then we were to basically cancel the lease after that would be done, what they’re asking is we would just pick that up because we would go forward with the building.

“If they were to cancel the lease, they would not come back to the school system for any monies. They would absorb any capital improvements that they made.”

The board voted unanimously to continue with the updated contract.

The board’s next meeting will be June 2 at 6 p.m.

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