The Lebanon Board of Education approved a school calendar for the upcoming year with few differences in the current calendar or from a calendar Wilson County schools will use.
The first day of school will be July 29 as opposed to Wilson County schools starting Aug. 1, in accordance with state law.
Both systems will take Labor Day off, but Wilson County students will get a half-day off on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 off for parent-teacher conferences.
Fall break will be Oct. 7-18 for both systems.
Wilson County schools will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day, but Lebanon students will attend school that day. Wilson County students will get a half-day off Nov. 20. Both systems will take Thanksgiving holidays Nov. 27-29.
Lebanon students will get a half-day on Dec. 20 before both systems take winter break from Dec. 23 until Jan. 6.
Both systems will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20 and President’s Day on Feb. 17. However, Wilson County students will get a half-day on Feb. 6 and a day off Feb. 7 for parent-teacher conferences.
Both systems will take spring break from March 10-21 and take Good Friday off April 18. Wilson County students will get a half-day off April 2.
Lebanon students will take May 9 and May 22 off, get a half-day May 23 and be out May 26 for Memorial Day. Wilson County students will also take May 26 for Memorial Day, as well as May 29. May 30 will be a half-day for Wilson County schools.
Jeanne Barker, associate director of learning, gave a report concerning a new testing system Lebanon schools are implementing this year. The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program will be given to students over the next two years as practice before Barker said it reaches “high stakes” status when schools will be evaluated based on results.
Barker reviewed a sample sixth-grade math test for the board and said students receive points not only for the correct answer, but also for the work and explanation each student would provide for each question. She said the students recently completed the first of these practice tests, which are currently being graded by teachers.
“Hopefully by the time they have to take the tests, they will know the correct way to do them,” Barker said.
She said another practice test will be given in February, and a May practice test will be sent to a company to grade them.
Third- through sixth-grade students are given the tests using computers. She said students can use calculators, but they have to explain their answers to receive full credit.
The board also:
• heard from Coles Ferry students Lana Grace Willis, Ian Jennings and Hannah Lawson, who presented writing reports on famous people throughout history in Diane Vantrease’s class.
• approved minor changes to school board policies concerning operations and fiscal policies.
• approved a list of items deemed surplus.
In his report, Director Scott Benson told the board replacement windows would be installed at Byars Dowdy and Sam Houston elementary schools in the coming months.
Benson also announced Julie Walker, Tracy Wilson and Mary Spann at Byars Dowdy, Megan Taylor at Castle Heights Elementary School, Elysia Stover, Jenny McCue and Melanie Quinn at Coles Ferry, Caludia Jett, Abbey McCord and Katie Holloway at Sam Houston, Ron Davenport at Walter J. Baird Middle School and Margie Hawkins and Nancy Smith at Winfree Bryant Middle School each received Lebanon-Wilson County Chamber of Commerce grants of up to $500 for project proposals.
The board will meet Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. at Winfree Bryant Middle School’s professional development center for a Friends in Education presentation.