The Wilson County Board of Education Tuesday chose officers to serve for the 2013-2014 school year.
Board members re-elected Don Weathers to again serve as chairman, a position he also held for the 2012-2013 school year.
“I want everyone to know I take this job seriously, and I will continue to do the best will for the board. That’s the only way we can make a difference,” Weathers said.
The board also chose to re-elect Ron Britt as vice chairman.
In other business board members recognized John Kramer, Jr., a student at Wilson Central recently honored by a premier wrestling magazine as fourth in the nation.
Director of Schools Dr. Tim Setterlund presented Kramer with a sports award honoring him for his outstanding contributions to the team as well as for being named state runner-up, academic All-American and ranked fourth nationally.
Kramer wrestles in the 220-pound class.
The board then continued their special recognitions by installing the student board members for the year.
These students sit in with the board and also communicate with the board about issues within their schools and programs and upcoming activities.
Student board members include Sam Anasky from Lebanon High School, Nathan Brown from Mt. Juliet High School, Gillian Mak from Wilson Central and Mary Holden from Watertown High School.
Board members also bestowed honors on the teachers by approving the certified personnel for tenure for the 2013-14 school year.
Those teachers honored with tenure are Helen Daniels, Derek Southworth, Judith Hahn, Angela Bates, Bradley Mattingly, Mindy Evans, Tammy Pardue, Russell Harrod, Jason Knowles, Richard Moses and John Kramer.
Weathers presented each teacher with a pin.
Setterlund said he was especially proud of this group of teachers.
“This group has had to overcome a little more,” Setterlund said. “They had to work harder to earn their tenure and they certainly do deserve it.”
Setterlund said old tenure laws state teachers simply must be employed three years and just asked to return.
“The new tenure laws state now you have to be employed a minimum of five years and for two consecutive years you have to be evaluated with a performance score of a four or five on a five-point scale.
“Not only do you have to be better than just a good, solid teacher, but you have to be outstanding, so I’m really proud,” Setterlund said.
The board will meet again next month on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.