Four Hawkins County Schools were recognized as Reward Schools at the Hawkins County Board of Education’s meeting.
Carters Valley Elementary, Clinch School, Hawkins Elementary and Mount Carmel Elementary were honored by the board and Interim Director of Schools Reba Bailey.
According to Bailey, this year was the first year of a new accountability model for scoring. Out of 1,814 public schools in Tennessee, 318 schools earned this recognition. Representatives from each school came forward to applause from the audience. These schools will receive banners and have celebrations later this year.
In another matter, a move to establish men’s volleyball as a club sport at Cherokee and Volunteer high schools was tabled until a future meeting.
According to supervisor Wes Smith, a men’s volleyball season would take place after basketball season. The sport is not sanctioned by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletics Association (TSSAA), but both schools offer swimming, another non-sanctioned sport.
Men’s volleyball plays with a net that is four inches higher than that for ladies’ volleyball which is played in the fall. Smith said that the Big Seven Conference, the league in which both Cherokee and Volunteer would play in, will play this coming season. Since the sport is non-sanctioned by the TSSAA, there would be no postseason playoffs.
Several colleges in Tennessee offer men’s volleyball as a sport, including King University, Lincoln Memorial and Cumberland University, according to Smith.
The idea was tabled due to concerns about how many games would be played and the number of schools participating. Smith said he would do more research and come back at a later time to update the board.
The board approved a $137,253.77 bid to roof a section of Bulls Gap School. The agenda incorrectly quoted a price of $81,001 that turned out to be the cost of labor on the project. Cost of materials of $56,252.77 was added to the resolution which passed.
Maintenance Supervisor Shannon Glass said that there are leaks under the solar panels installed on the roof. The company that installed the solar panels has offered to take them down one time at no cost to the county. Glass reasoned that while the panels were to be removed, the county could save money and replace the roof while crews were at it.
Mount Carmel student Isaac Jennings was recognized for being selected to attend the Tennessee State Dinner in August. He met Gov. Bill Haslam and the First Lady, which Jennings said was “neat.”
Board Chairman Bob Larkins and member Chris Christian were honored as Level 4 school board members at the recent Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) Northeast District meeting in Hampton. Member Jackie Charles was recognized as a Level 1 board member.
In other business:
• Approved a $6,895 bid for removal and replacement of existing water lines and insulation of all exposed water lines to exterior cooling tower at Church Hill Middle School.
• Approved a $16,425 Special Education expenditure of grant funds for a Milo Robot from Robokind.
• Approved purchase of two Intellus Ultra Control System 3 biological incubators totaling $13,770.
• Approved two students, one each from Rogersville Middle and Surgoinsville Middle schools, to travel this weekend to the TMSAA State Cross Country Meet in Clarksville.
Due to convention being held on Nov. 1, the regular Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8.