Mount Carmel Elementary principal Bobby Wines (left) makes his case before the Hawkins County BOE Thursday to close school for two days so about 40 teachers and staff members can attend the SCORE awards ceremony in Nashville. (photo by Jeff Bobo)
ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Board of Education gave its approval Thursday to let Mount Carmel Elementary School be closed Oct. 28-29 so teachers and staff can travel to an awards ceremony in Nashville.
Hawkins County Schools has the rare distinction of having two of the top three elementary schools in the state, McPheeters Bend and Mount Carmel, recognized for best improvements in academic achievement this past school year by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE).
The winner will be announced during a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 28 beginning at 6 p.m. in Nashville. The winning school receives $10,000 and the winning school system receives $25,000.
McPheeters Bend principal Renee Bernard had indicated five staff members will attend the award ceremony, but they were not requesting a special day without school.
Mount Carmel Elementary principal Bobby Wines told the BOE that at least 40 members of his staff, including teachers and support staff wish to attend the Oct. 28 ceremony in person.
Following a lengthy discussion the BOE voted 7-0 to let Mount Carmel be closed Oct. 28-29, a Monday and Tuesday, but the final decision will be made by the Tennessee Department of Education.
"I think that’s unprecedented to have two schools from one county,” said board member Bob Larkins of Mount Carmel. “We’re proud of McPheeters Bend and Mount Carmel being chosen as a finalist. We (in Hawkins County) are guaranteed at least a second place finish, if not a first, and we are hoping for a first and a second place finish.”
Read more in the Oct. 7, 2013 print edition of the Times-News, or in the expanded electronic edition.