The Cheatham County Board of Education met on Monday night.
Outstanding Employees of the Month were honored with a certificate. Those honored and their schools include:
ACE- Pam Day, Bookkeeper
ECE- Chassie Combs, Teacher
KSE- Brittany Hardin, Teacher
PES- Minnie Crouch, Bookkeeper/Attendance Secretary
PVE- Megan Frost, Guidance Counselor
WCE- Marissa Binkley, Bookkeeper
CMS- Jamie Wilson, Attendance Secretary
HMS- Michael Holt, Teacher
SMS- Sherrie Everett, Bookkeeper
CCCHS-James Lavery, Teacher
HHS- Dana Brown, Teacher Assistant
SHS- Patty Easley, Front Office
There was 1 policy revision approved on final reading, concerning Policy 4.600 Grading System. Those revisions concerned things like weighting for Honors Courses and National Industry Certification, as well as weighting for Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Courses.
There were several policy changes that were also approved on first reading. The policies related to record keeping, expenses and reimbursements, graduation activities (who shall be allowed to participate), and the Facilities needs planning policy, the returned check policy and accounting for athletics policy.
During the school week, Cheatham County Schools were placed on lockdown from 8:00 AM– 12:30 PM on October 3rd under the advisement of law enforcement officials because of
a threat of violence against schools. The threat was in the form of an email sent out, allegedly by a Cheatham County resident, aimed at Clarksville and that employee’s family, as well as non specific threats to area schools.
“We want to thank our community for their cooperation and understanding”, a statement from the Cheatham County Board of Education said.
Counselors were available the next day for students who may need to reflect on today’s events. “Students, teachers, staff, and administrators handled the situation in an extremely professional manner, and student safety was evident by the actions displayed by our employees”, the statement said.
“We should all be proud that our words and actions align with our belief that our students’ well- being is our main focus. We also want the community to know that our local law enforcement, Cheatham County Sherriff’s Department, Kingston Springs Police Department, Ashland City Police Department and the Pleasant View Police Department’s response to this situation was outstanding. The different agencies working together to keep our students and staff safe, was an asset to our community. Our school district is blessed to be protected by such dedicated individuals.”
At the end of the Board meeting, 6th District representative Brian Chase welcomed the newly hired Principal at Harpeth High School, Dr. Ryan Longnecker.
Dr. Longnecker has called the Middle Tennessee area home for the past 13 years and was most recently the Dean of Students for Apollo Middle Prep in Metro Nashville Public Schools. He was awarded his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Professional Practice from Nazarene University. Dr. Longnecker is currently an adjunct jprofessoin with the Trevecca School of Education, where he specializes in educational technology and teaching methods. He is looking forward to continuing Harpeth High School’s tradition of academic excellence and, through the use of technology and best practices, maximizing the potential of its faculty and students.
The Board will meet on October 30th, from 5:30 – 6:30 discussing goals, then regular work session at 6:30. The next board meeting will be held on November 4th at 7p.m. at the Board Annex building on Elizabeth St. in Ashland City.