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Overton County Fair named state's best
School Board considers elementary basketball rules
City warns against water line freeze

Overton County Fair named state's best

Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens presents the championship trophy to 2008 Overton County Fairest of the Fair Kristen Williams with Overton County Fair President David Robbins on hand.
Robbins stated, “We would like to thank all of our sponsors, the volunteers, and everyone who attended to make a great year.”

Overton County Agricultural Fair won another prestigious award at the 87th Annual Tennessee State Fair Convention held January 15-17 at the Airport Marriott Hotel in Nashville.

Overton County received a Merit Award, 1st place poster, 2nd place quilt made by Vella Ledbetter, 87, of Livingston, and the awards night banquet was topped off by winning the State Championship in Single A Division for 2008.

On hand to represent Overton County for the awards were Fair President David Robbins and Cindy Robbins, 2008 Fairest of the Fair Kristen Williams, Donita Moore, Cindy Smith, Sandra Matthews, Anthony Wilson, Cindy Robbins, Lynn King, Gene Medley and Maura Medley, State Representative John Mark Windle, Jennifer Williams, Rob Medley, Mark Speck, Anita Speck, Ronnie Smith, Bob Matthews, Rodney James of James Gang Carnival, and John Ross Robbins.
The 2009 Overton County Fair will be held July 16 through 25.

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School Board considers elementary basketball rules
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 19, with all members present.

In executive action, the low bid of Exercise Essentials on weight equipment for Livingston Academy was approved at $16,851.50.

Board member Mark Peek said, “I went over there to the weight room, Boy, they’ve really done a lot of good work.”

He later added, “It looks nice. It’ll be an asset to the school when they get it done.”

The following budget amendments were approved: Budget Amendment No. 1 for I.D.E.A. (Special Education) Preschool Grant; Budget Amendment No. 1 for I.D.E.A. (Special Education) Preschool Carryover Budget 08-21; and Budget Amendment No. 2 for I.D.E.A. (Special Education) Preschool Grant.

The first reading of the following amended policies was approved: 1.8012 Extended Programs; 2.809 Vendor Relations; 3.200 Buildings and Grounds Management; 3.205 Security; 4.301 Interscholastic Athletics; 4.302 Field Trips and Excursions; 5.400 Personnel Health Examinations/Communicable Diseases; 6.306 Interference/Disruption of School Activities; 6.3071 Student Alcohol and Drug Testing; 6.314 Corporal Punishment; 4.600 Grading System; 5.106 Application and Employment; 5.116 Staff Positions; and 6.502 Foreign Exchange Students.

Director of Schools Mike Gilpatrick issued the Director’s Report to the school board. Actions taken by the school director are as follows:

•Mark Ogletree was hired as a substitute bus driver.

•Melody Sadler, Sarah Ann Martinoni, Brandon Hensley, Tammy Sells, Amanda Masters, and Jamie Bournes were hired as non-certified substitute

•Shirley McCormick was hired as a certified substitute teacher.

•Maternity leave was granted to Stephanie Johnson, beginning December 15, 2008 and continuing through May 4, 2009.

•Christina Simmons was hired as an educational assistant for Speech/Language, effective December 8, 2008, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton.

•Medical leave was granted to Lisa Huitt, beginning January 5 and continuing through January 31.

In a work session before the meeting, Renee Stover spoke to the School Board representing a group of parents concerned about Allons Elementary School’s report card issued by the Department of Education. In Value Added – Academic Growth, the school received an ‘F’ in Math, and ‘F’ in Social Studies, and an ‘F’ in Science, along with a ‘B’ in Reading/Language. The school received an ‘A’ in Math, an ‘A’ in Reading/Language, a ‘B’ in Social Studies, and a ‘B’ in Science in the Achievement category.

Stover asked what is being done to bring up the school’s scores.
Director Gilpatrick said, “We have a school improvement plan in place.”
Board member Howard Miller attempted to explain the plight of schools under the grading system used in the Value Added category of the report card.

“You’re not measured against other schools with this, you’re measured against your average yearly progress,” he said.

“Okay, if this year Rickman had all ‘A’s, they’re going to be measured against those all ‘A’s next year. And I’ve talked to some of the Rickman teachers about this, there’s not room for any gains there.

“This is one of the flaws of this No Child Left Behind. And what happens when you measure your gain when you have real high scores, you’re not going to have much room with this year to have gains,” he said.

“So, next year when it comes out and if Rickman don’t have a lot of gains, you know where they’re going to be.

“It’s crazy the way they did it.”

School Board Chairman Dolphus Dial asked Director Gilpatrick to ask the principals to hold meetings at their schools before the end of February to inform parents about the school’s improvement plan and listen to parents concerns. Director Gilpatrick indicated he would do so.

Having received word of the School Board’s inquiring if non-school activities in school gymnasiums is contributing to driving up utility bills, Mickey Ledbetter, who runs Overton County’s oldest basketball training league, addressed the Board, asserting that the league does not cost the school system, but rather that it brings funds into the schools.

“We carry our own insurance; it has nothing to do with Overton County Board of Education school system,” he said. “We pay a janitor to come there, which is going to be somebody in the school system to oversee what’s going on. All the concessions that are collected goes to the booster clubs.”

He also addressed the electric bill saying, “If we are a problem for the amount of electricity that we’re using, if that’s where the problem’s at, then you give me a dollar figure.”

Ledbetter was invited to attend the next work session.

On the subject of school gymnasium use, some School Board members mentioned keeping the gyms available to the public for benefits and other fundraisers even if the schools have to cut electric use during the summer months.

Also in the work session held immediately prior to the regular monthly meeting, School Board members were presented a set of rules proposed for elementary basketball. A work session had been held Thursday, Jan. 15 to hammer out the proposal. Working on the rules in that work session were Matt Eldridge, Gary Ledbetter, Terry Melton, and School Board members Dolphus Dial, Larry Looper, Howard Miller, and Ray Smith.

The proposed rules are as follows:

Practice may begin on the Monday of the third week in October each year. Tryouts will be held during the first week of practice. A student-athlete may not try out with a school in which he or she is not currently attending.

Prior to the start date, there will be no open gyms, scrimmages, play days, team conditionings on or off the school campus.

Under no circumstances will there be any Saturday or Sunday practices, open gyms, team meetings, shoot around, or optional practice (no exceptions).

Each team will be allowed to participate in one scrimmage or in one play day prior to the start of the regular season games. The play day must be completed in one day.

Each school will be allowed to schedule games as follows: Varsity – 25 contests; Bantam – 12 contests. All tournaments, classics, hall of fames or any such event will count as the maximum number of games possible to be played in that particular event, regardless of the number of games played. (i.e. Overton County Tournament would count as 3 games for everyone.) Schedules must be submitted to the Overton County Board of Education for approval.

No games, practices, open gyms, shoot around or conditioning will be permitted in county or out of county if school has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Practice will not exceed 2 hours of training. Bantam may be required 30 additional minutes if involved in both bantam and varsity.

Season will be completed by the end of the second full week in February.
No spring practice will be permitted.

No spring tryouts will be permitted.

Each team will be allowed to compete in one summer camp. This camp will not continue more than five days and will be finished by the start of the first full week in June, which starts the dead period.

A student-athlete may not attend camp with a school in which they are not currently enrolled.

A student-athlete may not practice with a school/team in which they are not currently enrolled.

Dead period will run until the first practice date as stated in Number 1.

A student-athlete may not participate if they turn 15 years of age prior to the first day of September each school year.

School Board policy on grades: One ‘F’ = 7 days suspension from report issue date; two ‘F’s = 4.5 weeks suspension from report issue date.

Violation of the rules above may result in coach/team suspension for the Overton County Tournament and an appearance before the Overton County School Board for further disciplinary actions.

Number 6 was amended to allow out of county games when school is canceled, but parents will be responsible for taking the players to the game, buses will not be used.

The School Board will look at the proposal again in an open door work session set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3.

The policy committee was scheduled to meet at the Central Education Office at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, and the building committee was scheduled to meet at the Central Education Office at 6 p.m. that night. The meetings are open to the public.

Negotiation teams for Overton County Education Association and Overton County Board of Education will meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 at the Central Education Office.

At 6 p.m. that evening, a paraprofessional committee meeting will be held.

The meetings are open to the public.

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City warns against water line freeze
The City of Livingston Water Department is urging customers to watch their water lines during frigid temperatures.

Last week, the water department has seen many homes without water because of frozen water lines, leaving home owners without water and with costly repairs.

The water department is asking home owners who experience these problems to make repairs as soon as possible. The following are measures the water department recommends to prevent water line freeze-up:

•Close all foundation vents before the first freeze.

•Disconnect garden hoses from outside faucets.

•Protect freeze prone faucets with insulated covers.

•Eliminate sources of cold air near water lines.

•Know where to shut the water off in case of a line break.

•Keep the lid to the water meter closed tightly.

•Open cabinet doors to expose pipes to warmer room temperatures.

•Allow a small trickle of water to run to keep vulnerable pipes from freezing; the cost of the extra water is low compared to the cost of repairing a broken water line.


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