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Hawkins BOE to meet next month at Volunteer High School

July 18th, 2014 6:30 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins BOE to meet next month at Volunteer High School

ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County Board of Education voted unanimously last week to hold its next regular monthly meeting on Aug. 5 at 6 p.m. at Volunteer High School.

The one-time meeting location change was requested by District 2 board member Chris Christian who represents the Church Hill area where Volunteer is located. 

The board had previously discussed the possibility of hosting a meeting at Volunteer during the summer break.

That suggestion was rejected, however, due to the school likely being in the midst of various cleaning projects and repair projects during the summer break, as well as the likelihood that the HVAC system will be in energy savings mode.

"School will be back in session (on Aug. 5), the school will be functional, and air conditioning will be on," Christian said.
Christian added, "We've got a new director in place, and it gives the folks on the upper end, whether they come or not, and opportunity to come out and see how we operate and become more familiar with our new director."

The board will meet again in special workshop session on July 28 at the regular board room art the Rogersville bus garage. 

The purpose of that meeting is to discuss the pending $4 million 2014-15 budget deficit.

In other business last week the BOE:

* Agreed not to pursue a lawsuit against a now defunct company which sold the BOE two faulty industrial washing machines for the athletic departments for a total cost of $15,680. On the advice of County attorney Jim Phillips the board opted against pursuing litigation because there are no assets to seize on the part of the potential defendant, and it would cost more the file the lawsuit than the washer were worth.

* Heard a report from director of schools Steve Starnes that the Child Nutrition Department received a $10,000 grant for its successful implementation of the Healthy Hungry Kids Act. 

Also, Joseph Rogers Primary received a Fresh Fruits and vegetables Grant in the amount of $19,500; and for Keplar Elementary for $4,650.

* Heard a report from Starnes that the special education department was awarded a grant of $67,423 from the Tennessee Department of Education's Special Education Department which will pay for a new teacher position to serve as a system wide special education interventionist. 

* Heard a report that a grant in the amount of $23,688 had been awarded to support a summer reading camp for students with reading disabilities.

* Heard a report from Starnes that the Pre-K department was awarded a $21,055 grant from the Tennessee Department of Education which will cover the cost of a new "We Play Smart" interactive table for the special education pre-school programs at Mount Carmel Elementary and JRP.

* Approved a $211,700 construction bid from Beuris Construction for the "Life safety & Building code" upgrades to the Volunteer High School vocational building to eliminate fire code violations.

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