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HIGHLIGHTS FROM CUMBERLAND COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING – AUG. 27, 2020

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The Cumberland County Board of Education met this evening electronically via Zoom. Here are the highlights:

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SCHOOLS CHARITABLE FUND ANNOUCEMENT

Through the generous actions of the Cumberland County Charitable Fund, the following teachers, groups, clubs, and sports teams will be receiving funds to supplement their financial needs. This organization awards monies to educational groups twice a year, once in the fall and once in the winter. The fall recipients are:

Brown Elementary – (library) – $300

Brown Elementary – (library different project) – $325

Crab Orchard Elementary – (Miss Gail’s kindergarten class) – $345

Crab Orchard Elementary – (Ashley Corbin class) – $160

Crab Orchard Elementary – (school side positive) – $160

Crab Orchard Elementary – (5th grade team) – $160

Crab Orchard Elementary – (Erin Jackson class) – $160

Homestead Elementary – (p.e. class) – $400

Martin Elementary – (2nd grade) – $300

Martin Elementary – (1st grade Laura Brown class) – $100

Martin Elementary – (kindergarten Blake Barnett class) – $100

Martin Elementary – (student council) – $125

North Elementary – (Special areas) – $250

North Elementary – (student council) – $375

Pine View Elementary – (cross country) – $150

Pine View Elementary – (school wide positive) – $150

Pine View Elementary – (VIP attendance) – $325

Pleasant Hill Elementary – (library) – $300

Pleasant Hill Elementary – (battle of the books) – $325

Stone Elementary – (student council) – $500

SMHS – (chorus) – $500

SMHS – (food pantry) – $500

SMHS – (national history day) – $200

SMHS – (FCCLA) – $150

SMHS – (health science classes) – $150

SMHS – (automotive skills USA) – $150

SMHS – (HOSA) – $150

SMHS – (Future Business Leaders) – $150

SMHS – (criminal justice club) – $150

SMHS – (criminal justice skills USA) – $150

CCHS – (girls soccer) – $500

CCHS – (football team) – $500

CCHS – (cheerleading) – $500

CCHS – (chess club) – $250

CCHS – (biology) – $400

Phoenix School – (attendance perks) – $200

Phoenix School – (media center) – $300

SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNIZES TOM NETHERTON

The school board recognized 6th district board member Tom Netherton for his years of service to the school system. Netherton did not seek re-election in the recent election. “I ran for this board seat to see a new Crab Orchard Elementary School to be built. We had the right board and right county commissioner and I am proud to be part of that being done,” said Netherton.

RESOLUTION FOR EMERGENCY SUSPENSION OF SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES DURING THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR

The school board PASSED a resolution to send to the state for the emergency suspension of board policies during the 2020-2021 school year. It is based on Governor Bill Lee signing Executive Order 50 back on June 29, 2020 which extends the state of emergency through the start of this school year. Boards are required to submit continuous learning plans to the state department of education that outline how districts will reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. The resolution deals with policies pertaining to the role of the board of education, school board meetings, school calendar, emergency closings and curriculum development.

RESOLUTION REGARDING COVID-19 STATE STANDARDIZED TESTING

The school board PASSED a second resolution to send to the state. This one supports and requests a moratorium on state standardized testing and accountability associates with such testing for the 2020-2021 school year. It includes end of the year exams and formative assessments throughout the year. The Cumberland County Board of Education requests that, if state standardized testing does continue in some format for this school year, the results to be used as metrics of student progress rather than to determine the district rankings and scoring statewide because of the disparity in learning methods during the COVID-19 situation.

VIRTUAL SCHOOL ENROLLMENT REPORT

The school board reviewed the virtual school enrollment numbers as of August 21, 2020.

A total of 1,007 students participate in the virtual school

The number of virtual students is broke down as follows:

Brown Elementary – 73

Crab Orchard – 52

CCHS – 165

Homestead – 102

Martin – 107

North – 69

Pine View – 8

Pleasant Hill – 100

South – 72

Stone Elementary – 88

SMHS – 153

Phoenix School – 18

REGULAR SCHOOL ENROLLMENT REPORT

The school board reviewed the regular school enrollment numbers as of August 21, 2020.

It states 6,771 students attend schools in Cumberland County.

The number is broke down as follows:

Brown Elementary – 534

Crab Orchard – 412

CCHS – 1,019

Homestead – 609

Martin – 695

North – 601

Pine View – 151

Pleasant Hill – 575

South – 488

Stone Elementary – 633

SMHS – 993

Phoenix School – 61

MOTION TO DESIGNATE SCHOOL SYSTEM EMPLOYEES AS “CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE” FAILS

The Cumberland County Board of Education voted 5 to 4 to decline a proposal that would designate certain staff members as “critical infrastructure” or essential workers. It stated certain staff members could be exempt from the Tennessee Department of Health guidelines on COVID-19 exposure and instead be required to follow the Center for Disease Control’s guidelines for essential workers. Under that, teachers could be required to work while awaiting test results for possible COVID-19 exposure.

RELEASE OF TOTAL COVID-19 NUMBERS IN SCHOOL SYSTEM

The board of education announced tonight it would release the number only of COVID-19 positive results in the entire school system sometime tomorrow morning (Friday, August 27, 2020)


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