School board approves Centerstone Health programming for WCMS

by | May 18, 2017 7:29 am

L-R: Zach Kreig, Allyson Jones, Rachel Turney, Jeremiah Gardenhire, Ellie Savage, Jarrett Class, Elizabeth Scott receive their awards as “Respectful Culture” leaders. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

White County Board of Education has voted to approve Centerstone Health to provide school-based prevention classes.

During the May 11, 2017 meeting, school board members heard a presentation from Centerstone Tennessee about the abstinence program offered to students at White County Middle School. Nursing staffs at WCMS and White County High School now provide the abstinence programs in-house.

It was requested that the non-profit organization Centerstone Tennessee be contracted to provide these programs to WCMS students. Centerstone has been serving Middle Tennessee since 2010 and is completely funded by state and federal grants. This service would be provided free of charge to the middle school and would include the cost of educational materials.

It was voted unanimously to approve Centerstone Tennessee to begin providing the abstinence program to the White County Middle School beginning in the next school year.

In other business, White County Middle School Principal Farrah Griffith recognized and celebrated the “Respectful Culture” student leaders at WCMS. Throughout the school year, each school has recognized students for being model students, committed leaders to their peers, and displaying an attitude of respect.

The WCMS students who were recognized included Allyson Jones, Rachel Turney, Jeremiah Gardenhire, Ellie Savage, Jarrett Class and Elizabeth Scott.

Additionally, Griffith made a presentation to the board spotlighting WCMS. Griffith stated that this academic school year has been focused on teamwork. Success stories were shared with the board about the “Response To Intervention” classes, which help underperforming students improve their learning skills.

Additional programs that were highlighted by Griffith included the “Read Across America Week,” the “Reading Warriors Project,” and the “Star Wall,” which is designed to recognize students who have improved in their RTI classes. Various other programs that are meant to prepare students for success were also mentioned in the presentation.

Demonstrations were also presented to the school board showing how students are using technology to improve their academic experiences at WCMS.

“We are creating an environment for problem solvers,” stated White County School Board Chairman Edd Cantrell.

The board also:

-Approved the travel request for TSA and HOSA

-Approved the letters being sent to non-tenured teachers

-Amended the school budget General Purpose 141 and Federal Funds 142 line items

-Heard the maintenance report, which highlighted refinishing the gym floors at WCHS and WCMS, Doyle elementary school repairs, and approving the preliminary footprint plans for the new Findlay Elementary School

-Heard the budget report, which reflected favorable results on expenses and revenue

-Discussed the gazebo project for the Sparta Campus of Motlow State Community College

White County Board of Education will hold its next meeting at 5:30 p.m., June 8, 2017, at the central office.

 

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