Dec. 5, 2017 – Educators celebrated their success at the Sequatchie County Board of Education meeting Monday, Dec. 4, as Marsha Talley, the Career Technical Education (CTE) supervisor for the high school, reported that Sequatchie County High School has been named a “Reward School” by the State of Tennessee.
“This means we are in the top 5 percent in growth,” Talley said.
Sequatchie County High School teachers that were recognized (l-r): Kellie Somerville, Gloria Anchors, Anita Barker, Mary Ann McLeod, Alyssa Mullins, Sean Odineal, and SCHS Assistant Principal Regina Belknap.
Talley read the announcement from Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, naming Tennessee's 2017 Reward Schools, “which include Sequatchie County High School, as one of the top 5 percent in student growth. . . These schools represent what is possible for students in Tennessee, as they exemplify excellence in performance or progress, and in some cases both.”
Talley went on to recognize six SCHS teachers singled out as “great teachers”: Gloria Anchors, who teaches English II; Anita Barker, biology; Mary Ann McLeod, U.S. history; Alyssa Mullins, chemistry; Sean Odineal, geometry; and Kelly Somerville, algebra I and II.
The school board also heard from Beta Club advisor Brittany Davenport, who thanked the board for sending the club to the state conference in Nashville.
Davenport played a video of Beta Club members Gabrielle Ramirez, Lily Greer, and Baylie Easterly, singing in a talent competition at the conference.
Other Beta Club members who went to the conference included Landry Carbaugh, Kayla Anderson, Gabrielle Snyder, and Hope Boynton, who competed in the Quiz Bowl, and Tanner Land and Carter Bradford, who made a banner.
Baylie Easterly (center), a Beta Club member who sang in the talent competition at the state Beta Club conference, was present at Monday's Board of Education meeting.
In other business, the Sequatchie County Board of Education:
- Briefly discussed evaluation scores for Director Pete Swafford, which averaged 4.3 (out of 5) over all, in all categories.
- Voted to solicit bids for a school bus, seal coating of SCHS parking lots, paving of entrance road to SCMS and SCHS, roofing at SCHS, and sod replacement on the softball field.
- Appointed faculty members to a textbook committee for choosing science texts.
- Discussed gradually decreasing head count for Community Eligibility Program (CEP) meals, which provide free breakfast and lunch across the board, to every student in the system. Within the next two years, Swafford said, the system will not qualify for government CEP funds.
- Heard from a representative of Griffith Elementary School regarding special programs to promote math and reading.
All board members were present at Monday's meeting, and all votes were unanimous.
The next meeting of the Sequatchie County Board of Education is scheduled for Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. Meetings are held at the Central Office on Cordell Drive, Dunlap, and are open to the public.