TN Anti-Drug Task Force gives presentation to school board

By | September 25, 2017 6:16 am

Last Updated: September 25, 2017 at 6:18 am

A presentation was made during the most recent White County School Board meeting about prevention efforts of the Tennessee Anti-Drug Task Force.

During the board’s Sept. 14, 2017 meeting, Tennessee National Guard Capt. Kyle Farley with the Tennessee National Guard Anti-Drug Task Force, gave a summary to the board members about the mission of the task force, which is focused on preventing substance abuse.

The Tennessee National Guard Task Force has been involved with the prevention of substance abuse throughout the state in numerous capacities. The focus of the task force is prevention and not recovery.

Following Farley’s presentation, a request was made to the   school board to allow the task force to conduct surveys with White County Middle School and White County High School students. The purpose of the survey is to collect data identifying what students are facing and to help determine the local problems with potential substance abuse.

The board voted unanimously to approve the request for the surveys to be conducted.

In other business, throughout the school year, a different school hosts the board meeting each month. This allows the board to visit each school and allows parents to have at least one opportunity to attend a school board meeting in the school their children attend.

Additionally, the principals of the host school will provide a presentation to the school board and will also recognize various students for their achievements. Farrah Griffith, White County Middle School principal, gave a presentation about the school’s commitment to helping students develop their problem-solving skill sets and focus on the continuance of teamwork to improve education.

Griffith also recognized two students from each grade level as leaders and examples of “Problem Solvers” for the middle school. The students that were recognized were Rex Lowery, Sara Kate Brogden, Turner Rice, Vishwa Shah, Connor Faircloth, and Savannah Kelley.

Other items discussed and addressed by the school board included:

-Approving the amendment of federal project, fund 142 budget

-Hiring of Albert Dicus, CPA, as the internal auditor of the school system

-Approving an out-of-state travel request for the Cross Country Team to attend the Jesse Owens Invitational, in Alabama

-Approving travel for director of schools to attend the District Administration Leadership Institute

-Approving volunteer coach Daniel Pitot for White County Middle School soccer

-Presentation on TVAAS measure scores for the school system. The system-wide composite was a 5, which received praise from the school board members .

-Discussions on the success of the solar eclipse day event and activities across the school system

-Various committee reports

The White County Board of Education will hold its next meeting at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 12, at White County High School.

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