Gov. Haslam added $15 million in grants in this year's state budget to fund new equipment for schools to align their Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs to Tennessee's highest demand industry sectors.
Nearly 94 percent of Tennessee school districts with high schools will receive a maximum of through the grant program, which was designed to provide necessary equipment to as many Tennessee students as possible.
On Thursday the Hawkins County Board of Education approved an expenditure of $124,999.15 to purchase a variety of CTE equipment with this grant funding.
The board agreed Thursday to advertise for bids for the most expensive item on its list, a ventilation system in the welding classroom at Volunteer High School which is estimated to cost about $32,000.
As for the remaining items on the list the board also agreed to advertise for bids and/or purchase from state bids or a national purchasing cooperative.
Two other industrial education items on the list included a suitcase PLC trainer for industrial electricity; and a a "Mechatronics" training system for industrial electricity.the combined estimated cost for those items is almost $18,000.
"For some of our nursing education we're buying simulators," Starnes told the times-news after Thursday's meeting. "There's a SIM pad for various procedures such as phlebotomy and injections; there's an Ophthalmoscope, AED trainers, Dri-clave stainless steel sterilizers - getting them some of that medical equipment that they would see in the hospital in the school system."
The grant is 100 percent and there are no matching funds required for these purchases.
In other business Thursday the BOE:
* Heard a report from Starnes that the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1073 (Lakeway area) donated 570 American flags that are 2' by 3' on a staff for each classroom in the county system. Starnes added that Chapter 1073 member William Mason of Bulls Gap is also a Boy Scout leader, and his troop will be making flag stands for each Bulls Gap School classroom.
* Heard a report from Starnes that he will be granting teachers permission to attend the Hawkins County Fair taking place at Camp Hope near Church Hill on Friday, Sept. 8. The fair itself takes place Sept.8-9, and the Times-News will publish more information about the activities scheduled as those dates approaches.
* Approved a two year contract to allow Cherokee High School Health Science students in the CNA program to work at Signature Healthcare. The BOE already has a contract with signature Healthcare for Volunteer H.S. health sciences students.