County BOE seeks solution for traffic congestion

Photo By Rick Harris
Carter County Schools Superintendent Dallas Williams, presents Constable Landon Pritchard with an award in appreciation for his work with Hunter Elementary School.

By Lesley Hughes
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  Who says a productive meeting can't be conducted in less than 14 minutes? Carter County Board of Education held its regularly scheduled October meeting on Thursday afternoon.
  Director of Schools Dallas Williams congratulated Shirley Ellis, who was awarded what he referred to as the "most prestigous award for a supervisor." She was named Supervisor of the Year at the Third Annual Tennessee Educational Leadership Conference at the Nashville Convention Center.
  "It is with a great deal of pride at this time that I can report that Dr. Shirley Ellis was named Supervisor of the Year yesterday. Dr. Ellis has distinguished herself and the Carter County School System by earning the most prestigous award that a supervisor can be given in the state of Tennessee.
  "She told the audience that the school board always supported the supervisors. When she finished her acceptance speech, she held her trophy above her head and said, 'Carter County this is for you,'" Williams announced.
  Williams also presented an award to Constable Landon Pritchard from Hunter Elementary School thanking him for all of his dedication and service to the school. Pritchard was noted as helping the school with traffic problems and being there when any event needed law enforcement.
  In new business, member Bob McClain told other members about a problem at Valley Forge Elementary School. Traffic is extremely congested around drop-off and pick-up hours in the mornings and afternoon. One road that runs beside the school and the playground poses a danger to children crossing the road. A door from the kitchen also opens directly onto the road, creating a danger to cooks or workers who exit using that door.
  McClain said he is unsure if the road was a county road, but Road Superintendent Jack Perkins is checking into it. A motion was made to allow Williams and the school's lawyer to check into whether speed bumps can be placed on the road if it is school property. If the road is a county-maintained road the school board will have to request placing speed bumps from the county highway department.
  County Mayor Dale Fair was present at the meeting and addressed another concern from McClain who asked what agency would need to be contacted to see about placing a caution light or speed zone on U.S. Highway 19-E through Valley Forge. Fair said the Tennessee Department of Transportation would need to be contacted and said his office or the school board could speak with TDOT officials about the problem.