Immediately following talk of creating a new Lebanon Middle School on the old Lebanon High School campus, the Wilson County Board of Education announced the new high school facility won some top awards.
The school board used a more than hour-long work session to propose creating a new Lebanon Middle School housed in the old Lebanon High School made up of more than 600 sixth- through eighth-graders from Southside, Tuckers Crossroads and Carroll Oakland elementary schools.
Ultimately, the board voted to delay action on the new school until after Jan. 1, but was quick to make mention the new Lebanon High School was recently honored by the Tennessee School Board Association.
Director Mike Davis said the TSBA awarded the newly opened facility as its school of the year based on design.
Jason Morris with TSBA was also on hand to present the board with the people’s choice award.
But it was the board that recognized Ernie Clevenger, president of CareHere Clinic, with a Little Red School House award and resolution.
Davis said CareFree started working with the school district about seven years ago. He said since that time, schools have saved several million dollars and had a positive impact on teachers and administrators by keeping them healthy.
The meeting started with a presentation by Ashley Sexton’s music class at Southside Elementary. The students told a musical story with improvisation, using drums, xylophones and chimes.
The board also recognized Wilson Central High School FFA student Chelsea Sanders, who finished third in the recent FFA national competition for delivering the FFA creed.
“This is big; as big as it gets,” Davis said.
Nancy Ash, supervisor of testing and accountability, presented a report to the board on schools’ report card released last week. Using a series of graphs, Ash said schools saw “tremendous” growth in math, English, science and social studies test scores compared to 2011 and 2010.
“That’s why a middle school is so important to have a math teacher and science teacher teaching those subjects,” Davis said.
Ash also said Wilson County high school seniors had an average 19.9 ACT composite score compared to a 19.2 state average. She said 95.54 percent of seniors graduated on time in 2012, which showed a significant increase from 2011.
Davis credited intervention as the driving force behind the positive report card, but he issued a challenge.
“I’m expecting better numbers next year,” Davis said.
Board chairman Don Weathers asked Ash to create a report comparing Wilson County’s report with state, national and world figures.
“We compete globally with the best in the world,” Weathers said. “Let’s see how we stack up.”
The board also:
• awarded a copier service bid to Digital Business Machines.
• approved the professional development committee for next year to include Angela Rohen, Monty Wilson, Ash, Yvonne Smith, Candis Angle, Christine Miller, Becky Siever, Amy Upchurch, Rebecca Bennett, Melissa Lynn, Wanda McInturff, Ava Cozart, Terri Barton and Denise DeFevers.
• approved the textbook adoption committee for next year to include Smith, Jennifer Marshall, Wendy Pillow, Angela Johnson, Lacey Schultz, Cindy Cartwright, Denise Jones, Nancy Crews, Lenise Moore, Erin Hailey, Kari Ferrell, Sarah Jordan, Lisa Erdley and Lori Riggins.
• approved the calendar committee for 2014-15 to include, Ash, Susie Breedwell, Jennifer Cothron, Jeff Luttrell, Wendell Marlowe, Jill Micco, Cathy York, Derek Elwell, Peggy Druyor, Stephanie Pugh, Shannon Queen, Donna Robertson and Mary Singleton.
• approved the course catalog and course descriptions for next year.
• approved a surplus list for auction Friday by Richard Macon with Century 21 Jones Realty and Auction.
• student board members Jessie Nanto with Mt. Juliet High School, Nick Altman with Wilson Central High School, Abigall Armistead with Watertown High School and Kaylyn Gannaway with Lebanon High School presented respective school reports to the board.
The board will meet Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Wilson County Board of Education office on Stumpy Lane next to Southside Elementary School.
Director of content Jared Felkins can be reached at 615-444-3952, ext. 13 or firstname.lastname@example.org.