The Claiborne County Board of Education traveled to Cumberland Gap High School, Thursday night, for their monthly meeting. They welcomed the opportunity to recognize two of their elementary schools for their outstanding achievements. Forge Ridge Elementary School placed third in East Tennessee, for their three year increase, in the Value Added Assessment Scores. They placed 16, out of 1300 schools, in the State of Tennessee, while Clairfield Elementary School placed 21, out of the 1300 schools in the State. The Value Added Assessment is another method the State uses to evaluate the progress of each school and how well they advance each child from one year to the next. For the four years they have been giving these awards, so far a Claiborne County School has been awarded. In fact, it appears Forge Ridge and Clairfield are taking turns, since they have both won twice. Mr. Marty Cosby, the Principal at Forge Ridge Elementary School, will travel to Nashville May 4, 2009 to be presented with the award. School Board member, Dave Chesney, thanked all of the principals for the wonderful job they do.
The board is looking into the possibility of cutting bus routes for the next school year. Apparently all of the buses are not filled to capacity. They will look at the whole county and decide if routes can be combined or eliminated. The need of the each route will be addressed and the proper guidelines complied. The board hopes to have all of the decisions made before the close of this school year and they will notify parents immediately of any changes affecting their child.
The approval was needed from the board to submit the “No Child Left Behind Consolidated Application” for the 2009-2010 school year. The application is standard and necessary to receive the funds available. The Competitive Foods Policy Statement was approved by the board to be implemented in the schools. It will replace the existing policy and outlines what can be sold to children on school premises from the beginning of the day until after the last lunch period. It complies with Tennessee State Board of Education Rules for Food Sold or Offered for Sale in Schools.
The board approved Dr. Shoffner’s recommendation that the Extended Contract Administrator Monies be utilized in the schools for the children, instead of being a flow through money.
Due to low enrollment, the following positions will be abolished: The band at Claiborne and Cumberland Gap High School and the Business Tech at Cumberland Gap High School. While these are positions the board wanted to keep, the low enrollment forced them to reconsider.
Several resolutions were approved to amend the General Purpose Budget. According to the government accounting standards, the GASB 45 had to be adopted. It is an accounting document set up for retirement and insurance monies. The board was also informed of an amendment to the school calendar for the 2009-2010 school year.
The school board will be having a workshop April 23, 2009 at 6:00pm at the Central Office. Everyone is welcome to attend.