It said in part that the board appreciated the courage shown by the commission and County Mayor Robert Dedman in passing the 20-cent property tax increase.
The board accepted a report from Assistant Director Mickey Hall concerning the actuarial study required by federal law.
The report said that the school system needs to start putting aside an extra $1.4 million per year to cover the costs of maintaining insurance benefits for retired employees.
Currently the school system is on a pay-as-you-go system, according to Hall, but federal law requires the change to a reserve fund.
The board also voted to change the name of the Wilson County Vocational Center to Wilson County Career and Technical Center so it will have a similar designation to other facilities across the state.
In other action the board:Approved a request from Kaatz, Binkley, Jones and Morris Architects to enter Mt. Juliet High School in the Tennessee School Board Association’s school of the year competition for an award for excellence.Approved graduation requirements for the incoming 2009-2010 freshman class.Approved course descriptions for 2009-2010 school year.Approved graduation dates for 2008-2009.And approved Nov. 8 for an auction of surplus equipment for the school system.
Student representative, Caroline Robinson of Lebanon High School, told the board that the annual LHS canned food drive is under way and that the students have to date collected 4,500 cans.
Mt. Juliet High School seniors will be participating in a 5-K run for autism on Oct. 25, according to their board member, Janie Crick.
Wilson Central High School representative, Krishna Patel, announced WCHS had sponsored a recycling war which culminated with the “winning” teacher kissing a pig on the 50-yard line at homecoming. They also dressed up as their favorite salad dressing one day during “Spirit Week.”
Watertown High School representative, Brooke Borcherding, reported that her school was doing well and that students there were enjoying having several new teachers. She also said the highlight of their spirit week was a parade of students to the Watertown Square for a pep rally.
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