Schools to consider outdoor classroom addition

Sometimes learning takes place outside the traditional classroom. That's the idea behind the outdoor classroom at Byars Dowdy Elementary School. But while outside is nice, a little cover doesn't hurt.
Feb 8, 2013

Sometimes learning takes place outside the traditional classroom. That's the idea behind the outdoor classroom at Byars Dowdy Elementary School. But while outside is nice, a little cover doesn't hurt.

The Lebanon Board of Education will meet Monday, and one item on the agenda is a request to the board to approve building a permanent cover for the school's outdoor classroom.

Byars Dowdy principal Lorie Blackburn said the outdoor classroom space is an "ongoing project."

"We been working with the city, and for several years we've won the 'Think Clean, Think Green' competition, and we used the reward to build the outdoor classroom," she said. "Home Depot also contributed to the tables and the labor."

A cover will allow students to go outside to study more often.

"When it's hot, it's hard for them to use it," Blackburn said. "The cover will allow us to use it more, so they can get outside."  

The board will also consider:

• an annual review of board policies.

• a request to take the best bid for a well for an irrigation system at Walter J. Baird Middle School.

• approval of technology purchases at Coles Ferry Elementary School.

• recommendation of a contract staffing service.

The board will meet Monday at 5 p.m. at the Central Office on the corner of Coles Ferry Road and Castle Heights Avenue in Lebanon.

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