Lynchburg Elementary to get security upgrades

Soon Lynchburg Elementary and the Department of Education Building will get security upgrades like a buzz in bell at the front entrance that requires individuals to identify themselves on camera before being allowed in the building. (File Photo)

LOCAL NEWS — According to Moore County Director of Schools Chad Moorehead, Lynchburg Elementary School (LES) and the Department of Education (DOE) Building located on the LES campus will be getting significant security upgrades in the coming year.

At LES, school officials plan to install a door access control system on the LES front entrance similar to the one that already exists at the high school. Visitors will be required to ring a door bell equipped with a camera. The receptionist or principal then has the option to buzz that individual in for a second level of screening.

Once inside the building, guests will be ushered to a receptionists desk with a bank teller style window. Visitors to the building would not be allowed to enter if their business can be transacted through the teller window at the receptionists office.

A similar system will be installed at the Department of Education Building. Additionally, for security purpose, school officials will add tint to all the DOE windows.

Director Moorehead says the project would be funded by both a $20,000 State School Safety Grant as well as budgeted capitol projects funds. The Metro School Board approved the project unanimously last week. •

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Metro School Board meets tonight at 6 p.m.

PUBLIC MEETINGS — The Metro Moore County Board of Education will meet tonight in a regular session meeting at the Moore County High School Theater beginning at 6 p.m. To view the full agenda, click here.

In new business, the board will hear the results of the 2021-22 Instructional Calendar Public Survey and consider bids for a new school system playground at Lynchburg Elementary. They will also discuss alternative MCHS senior trip locations based on the current COVID 19 pandemic.

Director of Schools Chad Moorehead will also present the resignation of Moore County Schools Supervisor of Special Programs Jennifer Penn who will be leaving the school system to work with the UT Extension Office.

The board will discuss the Tennessee State Board of Education Hold Harmless Resolution, which holds school systems harmless from BEP funding reductions in 2021-22 based on school enrollment numbers from 2020-21 due to COVID-19 absences.

The board will also discuss security improvements at LES and the Moore Department of Education Building including a door access control system, an improved visitor check in station, and adding window tint to all DoE windows.

Rules and safety regulations for use of facilities for the upcoming Moore County Jr. Pro season at the LES Gym will also be addressed.

All Metro School Board meeting are open to the general public. To have your item added to an agenda, contact Director of School Chad Moorehead’s office at 931-759-7303. •

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Board approves Raider wrestling team

Students at Moore County High School will now have another sports option. The Metro School Board approved the addition of a wrestling team on Monday night. (File Photo)

SPORTS | Scholastic wrestling is a character building sports. It requires toughness, dedication, and many former wrestlers say it helped them develop self esteem, work ethic, leadership skills, and sportsmanship.

These are just the types of characteristic MCHS Athletic Director Josh Deal is looking to instill in his student athletes. As such, on Monday night, the Moore County Board of Education approved his request to start a Raider wrestling team. Deal said he started researching a team after being approached by several interested students.

“I’ve put out feelers and had conversations and as of today we have around 20-25 interested wrestlers including five girls,” Deal said.

MCHS Football Coach Kris White and area wrestling coach and MCHS alumni Kevin Pearson would volunteer to coach the wrestlers.

“It’s a great way for athletes who aren’t interested in basketball to gain strength and stay conditioned in the winter,” Pearson added.

The wrestling program would be open to students in grades 8-12 and would begin in November and extend through February. According to Deal in the first year, the wrestler would travel to area matches at schools like Eagleville and Cascade. Unlike group sports, wrestler compete based on weight class and not regions.

The first obstacle for the new team will be fund raising. Deal stated the cost to participate individually for personal equipment would be around $125. To host matches at MCHS, the school system would need to purchase a wrestling mat.

“There are guidelines for the mat,” said Deal. “Right now, the ones I’ve searched are around $9,000.”

Deal also stated at Tullahoma High School had agreed to let the new wrestling team borrow and practice mat until a permanent one could be purchased.

If you are interested in supporting the new sports program with their upstart expenses or have a student interested in wrestling, contact Athletic Director Josh Deal at MCHS at 931-759-4231. •

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Metro School Board meets Thursday

The Metro Board of Education will meet in a regular session on Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. at the Lynchburg Elementary School (LES) Cafeteria. {Lynchburg Times Graphic}

The Metro Board of Education will meet in regular session on Thursday, September 17 at 6 p.m. at the Lynchburg Elementary School (LES) Cafeteria.

In new business, the board will consider several personnel issues. It will consider tenure for two teachers: Belinda Smith and Amber Neal and also be informed of the immediate resignation of two teachers: Special Education Teacher Eric M. Davis and LES Art Teacher Whitney Ferris.

The LES Library will present a list of materials for “weeding out” … or items currently in library inventory that will be re-allocated to classrooms. The list includes books, science equipment, anatomical models, CDs, and other items. LES Librarian Sarah Gammon submitted the list.

Other new business items include a proposal to create a MCHS Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) program at the high school as well as removing several early release dates (9/24, 10/8, 11/19, and 12/10) from the school calendar.

The board will also consider the appointment of five members to the Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority: Wendy Hart, Danny Mooney, Jacqueline Cates, Monica Hardin, and Penny Smith.

Director Moorehead will also discuss several budget issues including a transfer from the ESP Fund Balance, and an MCHS Construction Project Budget Amendment.

To see the complete meeting agenda, click here. •

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School Board will discuss COVID re-opening plan on Thursday

MOORE COUNTY — What’s the continuous learning plan and/or COVID re-opening plan for Moore County Schools? That question will be front and center at the Metro School Board meeting on Thursday, July 16 at 6 p.m. In order to accommodate what could be a larger crowd, the meeting will take place at the LES Cafeteria.

On June 18, Director of Schools Chad Moorehead told The Lynchburg Times that he planned to stick to the Metro School Board approved schedule if possible. (To read that article, click here.)

“We have a school board approved schedule in place and I’m going to do everything I can to stick to it,” he said. “The one variable I can’t control is the virus.”

Whether or not schools should re-open to onsite learning and what that would look like has been a hot topic in Moore County recently as confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise. After holding steady at five total cases up until June 26, Moore County’s case count has since more than quadrupled. As of Monday, July 13 there were 21 total cases with 15 of those being active.

All Metro School Board meetings are open to the general public. To full the full agenda, click here. •

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School Director: New MCHS Gym almost ready for action

new Moore County High School Gym
The new MCHS Gym will soon be ready for PE classes, according to Director of Schools Chad Moorehead. “We’re just waiting on a sprinkler system test and final Fire Marshall approval,” he told the Metro School Board on Monday night. {Photo Provided}

LOCAL NEWS — It’s taken a little longer than anticipated but according to Director of Schools Chad Moorehead, students will soon get to christen the new MCHS Gym.

“We still need to pass a sprinkler system test and get the final Fire Marshall approval,” Director Moorehead said in Monday night Metro School Board meeting. “But we should be able to move our PE classes into the new gym very soon.”

According to Director Moorehead, the gym isn’t yet ready for public functions or assemblies.

“Due to a paving issue, we’re limited to 50 students at a time for the moment,” he said. •

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Metro School Board meet March 9

LOCAL NEWS — The Metro School Board will meet Monday night in regular session beginning at 6 p.m. New business on the agenda includes policy reviews, field trip to be presented of board approval, and an update on teacher resignations. Director of Schools Chad Moorehead will also give a MCHS and MCMS construction update, discuss budget priorities for the 2020-21 budget, and present system maternity leave. To view the complete agenda, click here.

All Metro School Board meeting take place at the Central Office located behind Lynchburg Elementary School. All meetings are open to the general public. To have your item added to an upcoming meeting or for questions, call 931.759.7303. •

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Vann runs for Metro School Board

LOCAL NEWS — Tanya Syler Vann announced today that she intends to run for Metro School Board member from the Fifth District.

Tanya Syler Vann
Tanya Syler Vann

Vann recently retired from the Moore County school system where she worked as Moore County High Assistant Principal for six years. An educator with 28 years experience, she’s also worked in the local school system as an elementary school teacher, as well as in the Central Office, working with federal programs, specifically Title 1.

Vann says her wide and varied educational experience will help her make good decisions for the Moore County school system.

“I have found in working with so many areas of education that they are all different. The skill set I needed for each job was very different and what I thought I knew about the job, I quickly learned involved so much more than I had imagined. Each change in job was a learning experience where I did my best to grow and excel. If I am given the privilege to serve as Fifth District school board member, I will bring with me an attitude of learning and understanding. I will work to do what is right for the students and parents of the Fifth District and Moore County Schools.”

Tanya Syler Vann is a Moore County native and graduated from Moore County High School in 1981. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education as well as a Masters in Administration and Supervision, both from Middle Tennessee State University.

School Board Members will be voted on in the Thursday, August 6 General Election. The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, July 7. •

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School Board meeting planned for Monday

LOCAL NEWS — The Moore County Board of Education plans to meet in a regular session meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Central Office located behind Lynchburg Elementary School. Board members will meet for a work session following the public meeting.

In new business, the board will discuss budget amendments for 2019-20, the annual MCHS senior trip, and a teacher resignation. Director Chad Moorehead will also report on ongoing construction at MCHS, the power surges at LES, the 20-21 budget priorities, and recent water testing results at all Moore County schools. He will also review the school systems tenure policy with the Board.

For more information or to see the compete agenda, click here. For questions prior to the meeting, you may contact the Board offices at 931-759-7303. •

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Metro School Board will meet on Monday

LOCAL NEWS | Public Meetings — The Metro Moore County School Board will meet on Monday, October 14 at 6 p.m. at the Central Office located behind Lynchburg Elementary School.

Two items will be presented for public comment: the MCHS Diamond Club and the MCHS BITZ Campaign. As usual, they will continue a month-to-month policy review. The meeting will address the Support Services section.

Other topics to be discussed will be the MCHS Softball Field topcoat replacement, the MCHS roof, and MCHS kitchen equipment, which will be declared surplus. Director will also give a report on the MCHS renovations, MCHS counseling program, phone line replacements, LES sink hole, and Governor Bill Lee’s recent visit.

For a link to the meeting agenda with links to all relevant line items, click here. •

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