SCMS teacher Stephanie Merriman was granted tenure at the June 4 meeting of the Sequatchie County Board of Education.
CORRECTION 6/5/2018 5:05 p.m.: The spelling of Diane Holland's name has been corrected.
June 5, 2018 – The Sequatchie County Board of Education (BOE) honored three retiring employees and granted tenure to a teacher at their Monday night meeting.
Bobby Perkins has worked for 27 ½ years as night custodian at Griffith Elementary School, during which time the school has grown from 24 classrooms to 70. GES Vice-Principal Tammy Clayton introduced Perkins at the June 4 meeting.
The other vice-principal at GES, Martha Ann Land, introduced teacher Rhonda Mosley, who, she said, “had the largest number of students in her class this year.”
“She was also given a student who spoke no English in fourth grade,” Land said. “She loved God, loved her students, and loved her teammates.”
The third employee retiring this year from the school system is Diane Holland, who has worked 31 years in food service, for all three county schools. Sequatchie County Middle School (SCMS) Principal Devona Smith introduced her.
“They are three assets to our system that we are really going to miss,” Director Pete Swafford said.
Griffith Elementary Vice-Principal Martha Ann Land (right) introduces teacher Rhonda Mosley (left), who was being honored on her retirement.
The BOE also granted tenure to Stephanie Merriman, who teaches at SCMS.
“She runs Language Arts RTI,” Principal Smith said. “And she schedules Braves Block.” This is her 10th year teaching in Tennessee, Smith said.
SCHS BRONZE MEDAL
Principal Tommy Layne and Assistant Principal Regina Belknap of Sequatchie County High School (SCHS) addressed the board, telling them that SCHS was listed in the top 25 percent of high schools in the United States by U. S. News & World Report magazine.
“Sequatchie County High School was awarded a Bronze Medal, which means we're in the top 25 percent of high schools in the nation,” Layne said.
Belknap explained the award is determined on several criteria, including graduation rate, offering challenging courses, and students exceeding expectations on state testing.
is Sequatchie County's award,” Layne said, pointing out that
everyone contributed to it, from the bus drivers to the community
members who awarded scholarships on Honors Night, to teachers who go the extra mile.
the start of the year, we identified 20 kids that were not going to
graduate,” Layne recalled. “We had a group of teachers that
said, 'Yes, they are!'” Those volunteer teachers spent their own
time working with the kids, calling the parents, making sure the
students succeeded, he said.
“Only four out of the 20 did not graduate,” Layne said, “and three of those are in summer school.”
Sequatchie County High School Principal Tommy Layne (left) and Asst. Principal Regina Belknap (right) told the school board about their school's recognition on a national ranking of high schools.
The Sequatchie County BOE gave their approval for Swafford to present the 2018-19 school budget to the County Commission with no tax increase.
In other business, the BOE:
- Approved several student trips, including SCHS boys' basketball team to Norfolk, Va. June 20-24 and the SCHS FFA trip to Camp Clement July 2-6.
- Approved a 2018-19 student handbook for SCHS and GES.
- Approved on first reading a change in school board policy to bring requirements for attendance into line with new state standards.
- Declared bus #15 surplus property, to be auctioned off the first Saturday in August.
bids for multiple providers of food service items for the school
system, which will be the same as last year.
- Accepted a bid from Praters for renovation of the gym floors at GES and SCMS. The elementary school floor, which will be completely re-done from the ground up, will cost $7,935, and the middle school floor, which will be a “minor re-do,” will cost $3,010, Swafford said.
- Approved executive action on 2017-18 budget amendments.
All board members were present at Monday's meeting except for Sam Hudson. All votes were unanimous.
The Sequatchie County Board of Education meets the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. CDT at the Central Office on Cordell Drive in Dunlap. The next meeting will be Monday, July 2. Meetings are open to the public.