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Archives 03-12-2008


Snow brings kids to the slopes
Director’s contract extended, school calendar approved

Swallows resigns from LA, becomes assistant AD at TTU
City Council approves $5M tax bond
Legislative Body meets in short session


Snow brings kids to the slopes

Frank Walters photo
Jayden Nelson rushes downhill on a snowboard Saturday, March 8. With the largest amount of snow of the season falling in Overton County from Friday night, March 7 into Saturday morning, kids took advantage of slippery slopes around the county.

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Director’s contract extended, school calendar approved

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Tuesday, March 4, with all members present.

Mike Gilpatrick’s contract as director of schools was extended for one additional year as a result of a successful evaluation during the work session held before the night’s business meeting.

Board Chairman Tim Vaughn, reading the contract, said, “Upon successful evaluation in year two, he will be given automatically a third year extension of his contract.”

A successful evaluation had been defined in last month’s work session as a 3.0 on a 5.0 scale. Gilpatrick received a 3.24 rating.

The Board averages for each category on the evaluation are as follows: Board Relationship – 3.257; Community Relationships – 3.244; Staff and Personnel Relationships – 3.188; Educational Leadership – 3.278; Business and Finance – 3.300; and Strategic Planning Skills – 3.175.

Though the extension was required by the contract, School Board members went ahead and voted to extend the contract for the third year.

Board member Tonia Sells suggested the School Board have a work session with Director Gilpatrick, “To go over those items, where there’s room for improvement, where there’s things maybe we all need to concentrate on, and also us as Board members to have a better understanding of why he does what he does, and what he doesn’t do.”

In the work session, Director Gilpatrick had said he would like the opportunity to sit down and discuss concerns with the Board members.

A date for that work session was not set.

In new business, a surplus property sale was approved. The sale will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 29 at the bus garage. In case of inclement weather, the sale will be held the following Saturday, April 5.

The 2008-2009 school calendar was approved, with Board member Tim Coffee voting against.

Director Gilpatrick said, “There’s relatively little difference in this 2008-2009, it is very, very similar to the previous year’s calendar.”

The calendar for the next school year is as follows:
July 30 – Teacher in-service.
July 31 – Teacher in-service.
August 1 – Teacher in-service.
August 4 – Teacher in-service.
August 5 – Teacher in-service (countywide mandated).
August 6 – Students register (abbreviated day #1).
August 7 – Discretionary administrative day #1 (no students).
August 8 – First full day for students.
September 1 – Discretionary day #2 (no students).
October 13-17 – Fall Break.
November 4 – Election/stockpiled staff development day #1 (no students).
November 26 – Discretionary administrative day #3/parent-teacher conferences (no students).
November 27-28 – Thanksgiving holiday (no school).
December 19 – Abbreviated day #2.
December 22-January 4 – Christmas Break.
January 5 – First day back after Christmas Break.
January 19 – Discretionary administrative day #4 (no students).
February 16 – Discretionary administrative day #5 (no students).
March 16-20 – Spring Break.
April 10 – Good Friday holiday.
May 20 – Last full day of school.
May 21 – Stockpiled staff development day #3 (no students).
May 22 – Abbreviated day #3. Last day of school.

The calendar allows for 11 snow days plus 2 stockpiled professional development days.

The School Board approved the following overnight trips:
Livingston Academy Interact Club to attend the state conference in Pigeon Forge on March 7-9.

Allons Elementary 8th grade class to go to Pigeon Forge on May 8-9.
Livingston Middle School’s 8th grade class to go to Pigeon Forge on May 9-10.

Jeff Moles’ resignation as a custodian at Livingston Middle School was accepted. He has taken a job with a factory, according to Director Gilpatrick.

In executive action, the Model Dropout Prevention Program Grant was approved. The grant is in the amount of $6,500, according to Director Gilpatrick, and will be used in the credit recovery program at the high school and the alternative school.

Director Gilpatrick issued the Director’s Report to the School Board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

Michelle Hicks was hired as a custodian at Livingston Middle School,effective February 6, as recommended by Principal Rick Moles.
Eddie Presley was hired as a substitute bus driver.

Maternity leave was granted to Erika Danner, beginning March 24 and continuing through April 28.

The next Building Committee meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 12.

The next Safety & School Maintenance Committee meeting will also be held on Wednesday, March 12.

The next Policy Committee meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19.

The meeting adjourned.




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Swallows resigns from LA, becomes assistant AD at TTU

By Mac McLeod,
OCN Sports

Grant Swallows, assistant principal and head football coach at Livingston Academy, has resigned those two positions to take the post of assistant athletic director at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville.

“It was a very tough decision for me and my family,” Swallows told Overton County News Monday morning. “I’m 28 years-old and these kind of opportunities don’t come along that often, and I felt I just couldn’t turn it down.

“I have regrets for our players in that this will be the fourth coaching turnover in the past four years, and that was the biggest drawback to making this decision. Our seniors, especially, have been through so much, and this is another thing they will have to deal with. But despite winning only two games in the past two years, I definitely feel the program is headed in the right direction.”

Swallows, a 1997 graduate of Livingston Academy, went on to Tech where he set numerous records during his football playing days. He returned to LA as an assistant coach under Matt Eldridge. Following the 2005 season when the Wildcats won the state 2A football championship, the coach returned briefly to Tech, then took over the head position at Livingston in 2007.

During his brief one year tenure as head coach at Livingston Academy, Swallows’ team won only once in the tough Region 2-3A, but the slow rebuilding process from the championship team appeared to be heading in the right direction.

“I will always be proud of the progress the team made,” Swallows concluded. “Graduation took a lot from us after we won the state title, and it was like the entire program had to start over. Coach (Danny) McCoin had to go through it first with a very young team, then I took it over and we continued to go forward. Right now we’re not where we want to be naturally, but I feel like the next coach will have a group of young people who want to go in the right direction.

“I’m not leaving here (LA) because of where the program is, it is simply a good opportunity for me and I just couldn’t turn it down,” Swallows added.
The search for a new coach will get underway immediately.



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City Council approves $5M tax bond

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Livingston City Council held its regular monthly meeting Monday, March 10, with all aldermen present.

A resolution for a $5 million water and sewer revenue tax bond was adopted. Mayor Curtis Hayes explained that the bond is for the water project.

“If you’re going to move on with the project, you’ve got to do this,” Mayor Hayes said.

Rocky Dial was appointed as the Title 6 project coordinator, and Phyllis Looper was appointed as assistant coordinator. According to Dial, this is to ensure the city is in compliance with non-discrimination laws.

The first reading on rezoning Roy Roberts property on Spring Street was approved. A public hearing will be held at 6:45 p.m. Monday, April 7.

An ordinance was adopted to amend general wastewater regulations. A public hearing will be held at 6:45 p.m. Monday, April 7.

Billy Hood, owner of Hood’s Café, addressed the Board of Aldermen asking for help with water run-off from the police department parking lot. According to Hood, rain overflows a basin for the city’s parking lot and washes into the parking lot of his restaurant.

“It spills over on me and constantly washes the gravel, and, you know, just
makes a mess of my parking lot, and really, I think there should be something done about it,” Hood said.

According to Mayor Hayes, the city has had a plan for relieving the run-off through tile to a drainage area, but he has been trying to get the state to supply the tile.

“We’ve had the plan laid out,” Mayor Hayes said. “We’ve just kind of been on hold waiting on the state.”

The aldermen voted for the city to correct the problem whether the state helps out or not.

Alderman James “Pug” Lee said, “This problem we created when we built the police department.”

The meeting adjourned.

Legislative Body meets in short session

By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

In a session that took less than 6 minutes, Overton County Legislative Body held the regular monthly meeting Monday, March 10, with Commissioners Stanley Carter Jr. and Chris Speck absent.

Quarterly reports from the February meeting were approved, as were minutes from that meeting.

The County Road List was approved.

Budget amendments were explained by Budget Director Debra Maberry.

“All this money, with the exception of $3,895, is grant money,” she said.

”The first section, court security, was the metal detectors at the Justice Center. The second page was the bulletproofing the benches, and the third page was the video security system for the sheriff’s department.”

She explained that grant money for Timothy Fire Department came in the form of a check made out to Overton County, so the check had to be cashed by the county government then paid out to the fire department.

The $3,895 was a grant match taken out of the Building Maintenance budget.

All of the amendments were approved.

The following were approved as notaries at-large: Dian Franklin, Tammy Walker, Carla Gilliam, Melissa Martin Shook, Timothy T. Sells, Jennifer M. Walker, and Sherry copeland.

The meeting adjourned.

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