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Board of Education meeting held Monday
Remembering our veterans
One injured in Broad Street wreck

Board of Education meeting held Monday
By Dewain E. Peek,
OCN staff

Overton County Board of Education held the regular monthly meeting Monday, Nov. 16, with all members present.

In executive action, the low bid from Kidz Zone Play Systems for rubber mulch was approved at $15,125.

Director of Schools Matt Eldridge said, “That came from the Pre-K grant we have.”

The mulch will be used to fill in at all of the pre-K locations, according to Director Eldridge.

The low bid from Southern Landscape Supply LLC for a zero turn mower was approved at $4,895.

Director Eldridge said the mower will be primarily for softball, but will also be used for other mowing needs at LA.

Quarterly reports were approved.

Rickman Elementary School’s 7th and 8th grade classes were approved to take a field trip to Atlanta, GA, on December 11 to visit the World of Coke Museum and the CNN News Center as an enrichment activity that correlates with the technology curriculum.

The School Board approved an amended heading on the 2009-2010 negotiated contract between Overton County Board of Education and Overton County Education Association, which was approved October 19 as follows: replace the heading of Leave with Extra-Curricular Activities:
Rate of Pay.

OCEA representative Billie Akers addressed the Board to ask if that also ratified the contract.

She asked, “So, as of tonight it has been ratified?”

She was told that the action did ratify the contract.

A bowling team at Livingston Academy was approved.

The third and final reading of amended Policy 5.403 – Drug and Alcohol Testing for Employees was approved. The policy change requires drug testing of new hires and allows for testing under reasonable suspicion.

The School Board expressed the intent to enter into a 5-year contract with Coca-Cola.

Director Eldridge said the difference between Pepsi’s proposal and that of Coca-Cola was $110,000 to $120,000, and scoreboards.

“Coke maintains them, gives you free ones, Pepsi does not,” Director Eldridge said of the scoreboards.

The Pepsi proposal would have caused the school system to pay to replace scoreboards at a cost of around $87,000, and the school system would also have to maintain them.

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

•Granted medical leave of absence to Michelle Hicks, beginning November 4.

•Granted sick leave of absence to Joann Winningham from October 30, 2009, to January 24, 2010.

•Hired Margie Taylor, effective September 28, 2009, as a cook at Rickman Elementary, as recommended by Principal Amy Brown.

•Hired Julie Pritchard, effective October 21, 2009, as a cook at Rickman Elementary, as recommended by Principal Amy Brown.

•Hired Misty Garrett, effective October 26, 2009, as PE/Health instructor, with a preference for Driver’s Ed., at Livingston Academy, as recommended by Principal Lesley Smith.

•Hired Kellie Conner to replace Kellie Hayes at A.H. Roberts Elementary School during her maternity leave of September 8, 2009 to October 16, 2009, as recommended by Principal Bridgett Carwile.

•Hired Jessie Johnson, effective November 1, 2009, as a bus attendant to be funded by IDEA federal funds, as recommended by Special Education Supervisor Sheila Pemberton.

•Hired the following certified substitute teachers: Linda Reed and Christina Simmons.

•Hired the following non-certified substitute teachers: Clyde Coffee, Brandon Colson, Robert Barlow, Kristy Sagers, Franscine Presley, Zinnie Bilbrey, and Stephen Castle.

•Hired Steven Barlow as a substitute bus driver.

Before the meeting adjourned, School Board member David Sadler Sr. announced that second grader Macy Savage competed in a karate tournament in Spain and brought home two bronze medals.

Chairman Kelly Hill announced, “This is National Teacher Appreciation Week, and we want to recognize all our teachers in our school system and tell them how much that we appreciate what they do.”

A work session will be held Tuesday, Dec. 1, and among the items to be discussed will be the building program.

Derrick Clemow of Upland Design Group gave a presentation during the work session held immediately prior to the School Board meeting. He presented different possible options for adding rooms to Rickman Elementary School and to Livingston Academy. The additions were estimated to cost around $3 million at each school.

A wrestling team at Livingston Academy was also discussed and had been on the agenda for approval, but was removed from the agenda so that more information can be gathered by Director Eldridge.

“The mats aren’t as high,” Director Eldridge said, referring to his estimate in the last work session that the mats would cost around $13,000.

He said the mats will cost approximately $5,000 to $7,000. He also told the School Board that, if approved, LA math teacher Cody Newman would probably be the coach.

Director Eldridge also addressed the issue of school security. He said key card entry locks, including a monitor, can be installed for about $2,500 per school. He will acquire bids for all the schools and bring that information to the School Board.


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Remembering our veterans

Veterans Day was commemorated on the square in Livingston with a 21-gun salute by veterans honor guard from V.F.W. Post 5062, speeches by Voice of Democracy winner, Margaret Cody, and Col. Ron Cyrus, and the laying of wreaths of remembrance at the memorial for fallen soldiers of Overton County.


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One injured in Broad Street wreck

Dewain E. Peek photos
Emergency workers move Richard Winton, of Overton County, to an awaiting ambulance for transport to Livingston Regional Hospital after a one-vehicle wreck off of Broad Street.

According to reports, Winton was driving his white Chevrolet Avalanche around the square in Livingston when he apparently experienced a medical emergency. Sheriff W.B. Melton happened to be in traffic behind him and saw the Avalanche stop in the road. Sheriff Melton turned on his emergency lights to keep traffic moving around the Chevy, then the truck took off down Broad Street.

The Avalanche left the roadway off the left side and traveled in the grass until it went over a culvert at the entrance to Quality Home Health then left the ditch across the culvert and jumped over the road and traveled down a bank on the right side of the roadway before coming to rest near a concrete slab. Apparently, no other vehicles were damaged in the incident.




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