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Schools change personnel, leadership

By Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Sep 3, 2014 at 4:19 PM

The Wilson County Board of Education welcomed a new member to its ranks, as well as elected a new chairman, at its Tuesday meeting.

Linda Armistead began her term as Zone 4 board representative, and Larry Tomlinson was elected to serve as the board chairman, taking the seat of Don Weathers.

“I want to thank Don for leading us,” said Tomlinson. “You’ve led this group through some difficult times. I look forward to working with you as a board member.”

During its regular business, the board unanimously approved a policy regarding criminal background checks on final reading.

The policy said all potential new employees of the system would be given a local, state and federal background check prior to employment.

A policy change regarding grading systems was also on the agenda.

“This was a change that would be reflective of the schedule change this year. As opposed to on a block schedule, you had two complete terms that would have represented testing in December and spring testing in May,” said Director of Schools Donna Wright.

The system changed to a seven-period schedule to begin the school year, and grades needed to be adjusted to reflect the reduced number of courses.

“We have changed the policy looking at end-of-course grades, which will count 25 percent of a student’s grade in the second semester in which the EOC is given,” Wright said.

Tomlinson wanted to confirm how the change affects current seniors.

“You and I have had some discussion before about how this may adversely affect some of our seniors,” he said.

Wright said transcripts of those students would have a note attached to them where a reduction in credits is visible.

The board also:

• re-adopted the 2014-15 budget following a modification of the tax rate by Wilson County Finance Director Aaron Maynard.

• approved memorandums of understanding with Vanderbilt University Medical Center to have athletic trainers at home games for Mt. Juliet and West Wilson Middle Schools.

• approved a change to the 2014-15 calendar to include an additional day that was overlooked in the originally approved calendar

• approved 36 teachers for tenure.

The board will meet Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Central Office.

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