Elizabethton School Board salutes student achievers and teacher at meeting last night

By Bob Robinson

Star Staff

   The Elizabethton School Board recognized several outstanding students and a teacher at its regular meeting last night.
   Sara Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Taylor, student at Harold McCormick Elementary School, was presented a plaque in recognition of her reading 200 books in the Elizabethton Public Library 2001 Summer Reading Program. There were 1,278 students who participated, according to Vivian Yonkey, children's librarian.
   Lauren Bradley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bradley, student at East Side Elementary School, Clayton Hardin, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Hardin, student at West Side Elementary School, and Kayla Ann Neikirk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Neikirk, student at Harold McCormick Elementary School, were recognized for winning the "Character Counts" essay and poster contests, sponsored by the Tennessee Association of Family and Community Education.
   Gary Barrigar, science teacher at Elizabethton High School (EHS), was recognized for receiving the 2001 Tennessee Academy of Science Award.
   In other action, the board:
   * Received an energy savings report from Johnson Controls which indicated an energy savings of $57,120 for the first six months into the second year of the study;
   * Authorized an expenditure of $43,000 to purchase a school bus and employment of a bus driver to serve the 61 students enrolled in the Cyclone Center pre-school program;
   * Ratified extended contract program application for 2001-2002;
   * Approved Tennessee Technology/Elizabethton City Schools' Agreement for 2001-2002 school year dual enrollment;
   * Approved on second reading board policy 3.500 Food Service Management;
   * Approved on first reading board policies 1.401 Public Hearings, 1.601 Administrative Procedures, 1.803 Tobacco-Free Schools, 1.806 Advertising and Distribution of Materials in the Schools, 4.206 Special Programs, 4.407 Web Pages, 4.605 Graduation Requirements, 4.700 Testing Programs, 5.200 Suspension/Dismissal of Non-tenured Teachers, 5.201 Suspension/Dismissal of Tenured Teachers, 5.202 Suspension/Dismissal of Non-certified Employees, 5.205 Retirement, 5.802 Qualifications and Duties of the Director of Schools, 6.400 Student Guidance program, 6.401 Student Surveys, 6.601 Student Records Annual Notification;
   * Approved new hires: Kim Pless, part-time Family Resource Center assistant; Rick Wagner, part-time teacher assistant, Early Childhood Center; Cynthia Boles, part-time teacher assistant Harold McCormick; and, Elizabeth Maines, teacher assistant West Side;
   * Approved leaves of absence: Barbara Simer, central office custodian; Teresa Dugger, East Side teacher; and, Elizabeth Addington, East Side teacher;
   * Approved transfers: April Garland from West Side teacher assistant to East Side teacher assistant; Patsy Childress from part-time Harold McCormick Extended School Program child care worker to part-time Harold McCormick Extended School Program site coordinator; Rondald Taylor from East Side principal to assistant director of schools/director of curriculum; Randy Lacy from EHS assistant principal to East Side interim principal for the remainder of the school year; Kim Skidmore from West Side interim teacher to Harold McCormick teacher;
   * Approved substitute teachers: Douglas Fritz and Dave Rider;
   * Approved field trip requests of Debbie Gouge to Sevierville Nov. 15-17 for All East Chorus Competition and Lisa Dawn Smith to Asheville, N.C., Dec. 3; and,
   * Approved lease of one Riso Model #CR1610 digital duplicator and one Canon Imagerunner 500S copier for EHS; and purchase of 16 Dell OptiPlex GX150 computers, six sets of Harmon Kardon speakers, 6 Hewlett Packard Desk Jet 960 Cxi printers, plus peripherals, from Dell Computer Corporation on the State Contract Award #9903 for the new EHS Library Computer Lab.
   The next meeting of the school board will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the Mack Pierce Board Room, 804 S. Watauga Ave., Elizabethton.