The Board of Education at its regular Tuesday night meeting voted to keep the names, colors and mascots of Sevier and Robinson middle schools, as members had informally agreed during a June 16 retreat. The decision was based on public and school surveys that showed majority support for the status quo before Sevier moves to what is now the Sullivan North High/Middle schools campus in 2021. However, the surveys found the least support for Redskins at Robinson.
The recommendation for leaving things the same also came from a special committee appointed to examine the matter. Former school board President Randy Montgomery headed the panel.
In other matters, the board:
— Unanimously chose a new president and vice president, tapping Carrier Upshaw as the former and Todd Golden as the latter. Upshaw served as president in 2013 and multiple times after that. Golden has never been BOE president or vice president. The immediate past president is Susan Lodal, who has served multiple times as president, and the immediate past vice president is Karen Reed-Wright, who just completed her first term as president or vice president.
— Made changes in policies for public communications at board meetings and general board meeting information to reflect that regular board meetings will be held, unless announced otherwise, on the second Tuesday of each month instead of the first Tuesday. The old time conflicted with the Board of Aldermen’s meeting night. Likewise, the work sessions have been moved from the third Tuesday to the fourth Tuesday unless announced otherwise. That issue was discussed at the retreat.
— And in the consent agenda, left school fees for 2018-19 the same as 2017-18.
The board Tuesday also recognized two KCS employees:
— Robinson Middle School nurse Suzanne Marshall for administering an EpiPen April 21 to eighth-grader Daysia Sellers. The student’s mother credited Marshall with saving her daughter’s life after an allergic reaction of unknown origin caused the student’s throat and lips to itch and well. The EpiPen is provided free by the device’s maker, Mylan, and KCS has participated in that free EpiPen program for two years.
— Supervisor of Maintenance and Custodial Services Bill Shedden for being named the 2018-19 Tennessee Facility Director of the Year at the annual conference of the Tennessee School Plant Management Association in Pigeon Forge June 18. He was named the National Facility Director of the Year in 2013 at the national conference in San Antonio, making him only the second person in Tennessee to achieve such national and state recognition. He has been president of the state association for four years and on the board of directors for nine years. He joined KCS in 2014 after working for Hawkins County Schools.
He is credited with bringing an energy savings of more than $1.9 million over the past four years and is leading a solar and LED lighting program for the system.