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Cumberland, Wilson County School may partner on project

By Jared Felkins [email protected] • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:37 PM

The lawn in front of the Wilson County Vocational School could soon become a training ground for students eyeing a career in installing and working on cellphone towers. 

Paul Stumb, dean of the Cumberland University Labry School of Business and Technology, brought a plan to the Wilson County Board of Education at its work session Friday afternoon that would involve installing a training site for cellphone towers and other utilities in front of the vocational school in Lebanon. 

Stumb said Cumberland recently acquired a grant for the project that would be targeted toward veterans but also be available to other Cumberland students and possibly Wilson County high school students, as well. It would allow for classes to be taken at the university on campus, as well as training on the towers much like ones the students would eventually get to repair. 

Board chairman Don Weathers asked Stumb to prepare a lease agreement and get it to the board prior to its July 14 meeting, which was moved from July 7 during a special called meeting Friday. 

Stumb also mentioned extending a five-year lease on Nokes-Lasater Field where Cumberland has played football home games for the past two seasons. The stadium was formerly Lebanon High School’s home turf, but the Blue Devils have since moved across the city to the new school and facilities. 

Stumb also mentioned an extension on Cumberland’s 25-year lease on its culinary center and the former Lebanon High School. He said the university wants to expand the building using available USDA funds, but would need a longer lease to do so. 

The board also heard from Bob Shupe, an advisor on workman’s compensation, property and casualty insurance. Shupe provided the board a lengthy answer to several questions it previously posed, which served as a comparison between two bidding companies, Tennessee Risk Management Trust and Liberty Mutual.  

Ultimately, the board voted unanimously during the special called meeting to continue its contract with TRMT as it has for the past 28 years. 

Also during the meeting, the board approved changing its medical and dental network provider from Cigna to Aetna. Assistant Director of Schools Mickey Hall said the change would not affect any employee benefits, merely the network. 

Hall said information and new insurance cards would be mailed to employees next week. 

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