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School Board Approves Band Trips, This Time

By DALE GRAHAM

The Cheatham County Board of Education met Monday night. All members were present.

Harpeth High School, Kingston Springs Elementary School and Cheatham Middle School were all honored for being named Reward Schools for 2011 – 2012 school year. Christi Sutherland from the TN State Department of Education was on hand to present banners to the schools for the honor. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”, Sutherland quoted Helen Keller, saying that parents, teachers and students all share in these awards. Dr. Curtis also mentioned that Sycamore Middle School and Harpeth Middle School were “on the cusp” of being a Reward’s School.

A 5 yes 1 no (Dianne Proffitt) vote to “untable” two items from last month’s meeting reopened discussion on student trips for the Harpeth High and Harpeth Middle School Bands. Dr. Curtis stated that he said at the Board’s workshop that he would “sign off” on the trips if they were brought off the table, but added a “caveat”. “I’m not going to entertain any out of state, or over 150 mile trips, until I can develop an administrative procedure that shows the intent of the board on this particular policy”. He said that he hopes that process is in place by February.

The two trips that were then approved are:

1. The HHS winter drumline to attend Winter Drumline National Championship competition in Dayton, OH on April 17, and;

2. HMS band students to travel to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari Music Festival Celebration in Santa Claus, IN on May 11, 2013. Curtis affirmed that these approvals do not indicate future approval for these same trips.

The calendar for school years 2013 – 2014 and 2014-2015 were approved Monday night. When Dr. Curtis was asked about recent word that the state is considering adding 300 hours to each teaching year, he said that the calendars were made based on state regulations at this time. “Any state legislation that may change this year we will certainly have to adjust that”, Curtis said. Before the vote 5th District Board Member William Johnson said “I’m not in favor of the 300 hours. Our teachers have a long enough day as it is, and they take work home all the time”. The 2013 calendar has school starting August 13th, 2013, with graduation on May 23rd. Schools will be closed October 11th – 14th, November 27th – 29th, December 23rd – January 1st, and March 17th – 21st.

Detra Emery and Pegram Elementary were applauded for the $5000 Community Foundation Art education grant they received. She thanked Laura Franck and Kathy Rubin for their work applying for the grant. This is a fully funded grant without a match required.

The Cheatham County Board of Education meets the 1st Monday of each month at 7p.m. The January, 2013 meeting will be held on January 8th.

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