School Board to prioritize capital projects

By Bob Robinson


   The Elizabethton School Board, meeting in a board policy workshop last night, discussed the need to prioritize remaining capital projects financed with Carter County bond issue funds.
   A total of $3 million in capital funds was made available to Elizabethton City Schools over a two- to three-year period, beginning July 1, 1999, as a result of the bond issue to construct a new Cloudland Elementary School.
   The Elizabethton School Board's largest single expenditure was the construction of a gym at Harold McCormick Elementary School. The board was told remaining capital projects total an estimated $722,000 but only $617,389 remains to be spent of Carter County capital funds.
   The capital projects to be prioritized are:
   Harold McCormick-Converting former physical education room into two classrooms and providing furniture and gym fixtures;
   T.A. Dugger Junior High School-Constructing four classrooms and converting former band room for maintenance; and,
   Elizabethton High School-Replastering pool and renovating bathrooms.
   In other action, the board decided to leave its current policy on Student Solicitations/Fundraising Activities in place.
   Board chairman Jonathan Bremer said he had received complaints from parents about student solicitations.
   "Parents would like to know how funds will be spent in advance of the solicitation," Bremer said.
   In other action, the board approved, on first reading, policy changes mandated by State law and/or recommended by the Tennessee School Boards Association concerning:
   Public hearings; administrative procedures; tobacco free schools; advertising and distribution of political advertising in schools; special programs; privacy of students and staff on the Elizabethton City School's Web Page; graduation requirements; testing programs;
   Suspension/dismissal of non-tenured, tenured and support staff and due process; employment of retired teachers; qualifications and duties of director of schools; student guidance program; student surveys; and student directory information.
   The board placed on hold a proposed policy change on director of schools recruitment and selection. Proposed changes to board policy must be approved on second reading before they will be included in the Elizabethton City Schools Board Policy Manual.