By Megan Hollaway
The Johnson County School Board met last week to reflect on the new school year, and to discuss new funding and policy changes. To start things off, students from Doe Elementary were recognized for displaying excellence for the new school wide motto: The Seven Habits; The Leader in Me.
After the recognition of the students and educators, followed by roll call of the School Board members, the meeting continued with the reading of policy changes recommended by the Tennessee School Board Association. According to school officials, changes include revisions to the school district planning and the timing for policy changes, which must be done now every two years; as well as a new policy, which intends to ensure that there is no lead in the school districts water. There will now be routine checks on every faucet in the schools every two years, school officials said.
One set of the items up for approval was the new safe school’s application, which resulted in the amount of $26,690.00 for the Safe School Grant, and an additional $66,730.00 from the School Safety Grant and the Save Act Compliance. After a unanimous vote in favor of the agenda item, a discussion ensued about what the grant money will actually mean for individual schools.
All of these grants, the Safe School Act, the School Safety Grant, and the Save Act Compliance are to deal directly with school security, and will improve the high school, after a long-awaited renovation, will receive new security doors and security cameras.
“Doe Elementary will also receive new security doors,” Simcox said. “In addition to these changes, the grant will allow for the hiring of a new School Resource Officer. Another School Resource Officer will be a great asset to the community, and the schools of Johnson County in particular.”
As the meeting drew to an end, the School Board reminded that the TRUST appreciation day of this month is for the Bus Drivers of the county, to be held on September 20, 2018.