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Hankins approved to take principal position immediately
Livingston Academy Prom held Friday evening

Dale Hollow water level may change

 

Hankins approved to take principal position immediately

By DEWAIN E. PEEK,
OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, May 1, with member Joey Smith absent.

The School Board voted to allow Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick to hire Randy Hankins immediately as principal at Livingston Academy, with the pay coming from transfer of funds from other accounts.

School Board member Mark Peek asked Director Gilpatrick, “That’s a money transfer. You’ve already hired him, correct?”

“Yes,” Director Gilpatrick answered.
Hankins was hired for the 2007-2008 school year, which would begin in August.

“It’s a money transfer to bring him on early to allow for a smoother transition,” Director Gilpatrick said.

Other principals already hired for the next school year are as follows: A.H. Roberts Elementary –Teresa Johnson, Allons Elementary – Melissa Savage, Hilham Elementary – Vickie Eldridge, Livingston Middle School – Rick Moles, R.E.A.C.H. – Gary Beaty, Rickman Elementary – Marsha Wyatt, and Wilson Elementary – Harold Watson.

Hankins, of Hohenwald, is a member of Lewis County Board of Education. He has been a high school principal and has served as the director of home schools for Tennessee Department of Education.
Tenure was granted to Debora Fisher, sixth grade teacher at Hilham Elementary School, as recommended by Principal Vickie Eldridge.

Tenure was granted to Amy Gore, librarian at Rickman Elementary, as recommended by Principal Marsha Wyatt.

Tenure was granted to Stephanie Johnson, math teacher at Livingston Academy, as recommended by Principal Gary Ledbetter.

Tenure was granted to Kim Pirtle, kindergarten teacher at Rickman Elementary, as recommended by Principal Marsha Wyatt.

Tenure was granted to Robert Wayne Sells, sixth through eighth grade science teacher at Allons Elementary, as recommended by Principal Melissa Savage.

Tenure was granted to Melissa Trent, guidance counselor at Rickman
Elementary, as recommended by Principal Marsha Wyatt.

Tenure was granted to Derek Zachary, physical education teacher at Wilson Elementary, as recommended by Principal Harold Watson.

Principal Watson said, “Four year-olds through eighth grade, he does it all; he does a great job.”

Quarterly reports for the period ending March 31 were approved for General Purpose School, School Federal Projects, Central Cafeteria, and Education Debt Service.

The School Board approved the reappropriation of $4,000 that was included in the 2006-07 budget for the purchase of a storage building at Rickman Elementary. These funds will be applied to the purchase of a fence at the school. The balance of the cost of the fence is to be paid by Rickman Elementary. A fundraiser has been held for that purpose.

Reading textbooks recommended by the Textbook Adoption Committee were approved as follows: “Houghton-Mifflin Reading” by M.E. Vogt, published by Houghton-Mifflin, for kindergarten through fifth grade; “SRA/Open Court Reading” by Bereiter & Adams, published by SRA/McGraw-Hill Publishing, for kindergarten through sixth grade.

A trip was approved for Livingston Middle School’s eighth grade class to go to Dollywood on May 4 and 5.

The following Rickman Elementary trips were approved: sixth grade class to Dollywood on May 3; eighth grade class to Dollywood on May 17; and fifth grade class to the Dixie Stampede on May 10.

In executive action, computer software bids were accepted as follows: Educational Resources bids on Windows Vista at $57.30 each and media for Windows Vista at $25 each; PC Mall Gov Inc. bids on Office Professional Plus 2007 at $59. 34 each, media for Office Pro Plus at $23 each, Office Mac Pro 2004 at $59.63 each, and media for Office Mac Pro 2004 at $23 each.

The bid of Moore’s Lawn Services was approved at $1,130 per mowing.
Director Gilpatrick issued the Director’s Report to the School Board. (The Director’s Report is published inside this edition.)

In the closing remarks, Patricia Bowman said, “I’d like to congratulate all of you who were tenured.”

And fellow District 3 Board member Lenard Ledbetter also congratulated
the newly tenured teacher, and particularly Wilson Elementary’s Derek Zachary.

“If you’re ever up that way, go watch him work with them,” Ledbetter said.
Board member Dolphus Dial also congratulated the newly tenured teachers and asked Allons Principal Melissa Savage to tell the Board about the visit from Fox Channel 17, who did a profile of Isabel Garrett. The profile aired Friday night during the 9 p.m. newscast.

Savage said, “She’s 91 years-old and still subbing. She gave them a real treat today.”

Board member Kelly Hill echoed the congratulations to the newly tenured teachers, and he also said LMS had 38 students qualify for the AR reward trip, a big increase from years past.

Board member Sam Pendergrass told of Rickman Elementary’s Education Night at the Livingston McDonald’s. The event raised almost $1,100 for the school.

Fellow District 4 Board member Tonia Sells said, “Teachers were behind the counter, out working tables, following Ronald McDonald around. It was really, really neat. And we broke two different records there that night.”

Chairman Tim Coffee also congratulated the newly tenured teachers. He then spoke of the good he has heard about Overton County’s teachers in light of the School Board scholarship contest.

“Some of them would just about bring a tear to your eye. Teachers in Overton County go beyond the call sometimes.”

He also congratulated the Scholars Bowl participants.

Chairman Coffee said attendance is up in Overton County schools.

“It’s due to the parents, the kids, the teachers, that makes for a better school,” he said.

Before the meeting was adjourned, Hill spoke up to express appreciation to LA Principal Gary Ledbetter for his years of service to the school.

Ledbetter is leaving the high school to take over as the supervisor of Overton County’s Coordinated School Health (CHS) program.

The Board showed appreciation for Ledbetter with a round of applause.

 

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Livingston Academy Prom held Friday evening

Dewain E. Peek/OCN staff
King & Queen Jake Reeder and Whitney Maberry dance after being crowned at the Livingston Academy 2007 Prom held Friday evening, May 4 at Leslie Towne Center in Cookeville. Those arriving late had to dodge raindrops to protect hairdos and delicate dresses.

 

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Dale Hollow water level may change

The decision to maintain Lake Cumberland at a lower 680-foot elevation for the seepage rehabilitation project at Wolf Creek Dam will cause some changes in the water elevation at Dale Hollow Lake this summer.

Dale Hollow Lake may maintain a higher than usual water elevation early in 2007 and then, later in the year, may be drawn down to a level that is lower than customarily seen, according to the Corps of Engineers.

Lake Cumberland, as a storage facility, typically supplies water to the Cumberland River for a variety of authorized purposes, and that storage capability will be lost during the rehabilitation project at Wolf Creek Dam. Dale Hollow will assume some of the water supply mission for Lake Cumberland this year.

Inconveniences for visitors to Dale Hollow Lake may include high or low water on beaches, access ramps to courtesy floats under water, and campsites and parking lots covered with water. Alternative launch and parking locations are available, and campers with reservations affected by high water will have an alternative camping site, according to the Corps of Engineers.

The staff at Dale Hollow urges visitors to use caution near the shoreline or developed areas and to be aware that structures may be under water, which could damage vessels. Visitors should also be mindful of wakes, tie-ups, and prop washout when near the bank.

The lake elevation will be contingent on the amount of rainfall received.


 

 

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