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West Carroll Hears Update on Elementary Restoration

Posted 3/7/23

ATWOOD (March 2) — West Carroll Elementary School in Trezevant is undergoing restoration to its floors following flooding due to a burst water pipe over the Christmas holiday.

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West Carroll Hears Update on Elementary Restoration

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ATWOOD (March 2) — West Carroll Elementary School in Trezevant is undergoing restoration to its floors following flooding due to a burst water pipe over the Christmas holiday.

Jessica Williams, principal, said the new floors in the fifth grade area are installed and look beautiful. Spring break will be used to install new flooring in the secretary’s office and the third grade area. Repainting will be completed over the summer break. Williams praised maintenance supervisor Mark Wright for his assistance in the process.

In other business, the Board approved FFA to attend the state convention in Gatlinburg, WCES Beta Club to have a field trip to Gatlinburg; Beta Club to attend the national convention in Louisville, Kentucky, and the FBLA to attend the state convention in Chattanooga.

A new state policy requires each school system to develop a policy to file complaints about textbooks and library books. Preston Caldwell, director of schools, said the school is working to comply with those state requirements.

The board also approved separation policies on tenured and non-tenured teachers.

Substitute teachers must have a high school diploma or equivalent, undergo a background check and have positive references. Non-certified teachers can fill a teacher vacancy for a maximum of 20 continuous days. On day 21, a certified teacher must fill the vacancy - at least for one day.

During the Director’s Report, Caldwell said a new state funding formula requires increases in teacher’s pay in the next school year. He said the school will work with UT-Martin to implement a program known as Grow Your Own for teacher development.

The school system’s bonded indebtedness retires in the year 2029 with a current debt of $2.3 million.

West Carroll, just as many other schools, has a problem with students vaping. He said the school can now take their student violators directly to Juvenile Court, thanks to cooperation with Judge Michael King. Caldwell thanked King for his support.

Board member Betty Wallace questioned when the Governor’s proposed minimum salary for teachers of $50,000 is to be implemented.

Caldwell said by the end of Lee’s term of office, which is January 2017.

Wallace also questioned whether or not Tennessee will opt out of $1.8 billion in federal funding to Tennessee for education. Some Tennessee lawmakers say they can opt out to eliminate federal mandates.

Caldwell said a conference of Tennessee school officials could not understand the thinking behind the proposal.

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