MCHS adds girls volleyball to fall sports

The Metro Board of Education voted unanimously to add a new fall sport option to MCHS in 2021, girls volleyball. (File Photo)

MOORE COUNTYServe strong. Dig fierce. Spike hard.

On Monday night, the Metro Board of Education unanimously approved a new, girls volleyball team for MCHS beginning in the fall on 2021. The new team will add a girls fall sports option for MCHS students in grades 8-12.

According to MCHS Athletic Director Josh Deal, who attended the meeting virtually, the school already owns all the equipment needed to launch the new program because students use nets and balls in PE classes. Deal also explained to the board that he’d secured both volunteer coach interest and enough players to field a team.

“LES Pre K teacher Karen Blankenship has volunteered to coach the team for the next five years and we have the numbers to make the team happen. The only potential fall conflict would be cheerleading,” Deal told the school board. “They will need to do a little fundraising for uniforms and travel costs if they plan to use Moore County School systems buses to get to games.”

Coach Blankenship says she’s been in contact with area coaches and is working on scheduling a basic skills camp for new players.

“This will be a learning experience for players and myself,” Coach Blankenship said. “This camp will be an expense but I feel like it is a must for the program to move forward with a good foundation.”

According to the (TSSAA), the new volleyball team will play other area Middle Region, Class A teams like Cascade and Eagleville. Girls volleyball teams play a maximum of 35 matches per year including tournaments. Director Deal stated in the meeting that if the high school team goes well the school hopes to add a middle school team in the future.

If you are a student or the parent of a student interested in signing up for the new girls volleyball team, contact MCHS Athletic Director Deal at 931-759-4231. •

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Metro School Board meets Feb. 8

The Metro Board of Education will meet on Monday, February 8 in a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. (File Art)

LYNCHBURG — The Metro Board of Education will meet virtually tonight in a regular session meeting at 6 p.m. Virtual meetings are still open to the general public and login instructions can be obtained by emailing the mcdos@moorecountyschools.net. You can view a full agenda by clicking here.

In new business, the board will consider an Occupational Safety and Health Program Plan for all employees of the Moore County Department of Education including devising rules, regulations, and appointing a safety director. The Board will also consider the addition of a Moore County Volleyball Program and joining a purchasing cooperative.

Director Moorehead will also present bonus plans for Moore County School System employees. The General Assembly and Governor Bill Lee recently allocated $35,500 in additional funding for teachers and certified personnel in the Moore County school system. Director Moorehead and the MCBoE have full discretion as as to how to allocate these funds locally.

Director Moorehead will also name Moore County Schools Teachers of the Year. For MCHS, those teachers are Kim Harvey and Megan Smith and for LES, they are Karen Heflin and Janie Sanders. Director Moorehead also plans to announce Kenna Baumann as the new LES Art Teacher.

He will also give a MCHS construction progress report and present the LES playground project as completed. There will also be an update on the Class of 2021 Senior Trip.

All Metro School Board meetings are open to the general public and may also be attended virtually. To address the board with public comment, click here. For more information, contact the Moore County School Central Office at 931-759-7303. •

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Metro School Board meets on Dec. 14

PUBLIC MEETINGS — The Metro School Board will meet in a regular session meeting on Monday, December 14 at 6 p.m. at Moore County High School Library. The Board will meet in a work session immediately following the public meeting.

In new business, the board will be asked to approve Director Chad Moorehead’s participation in the cross-state Communities of Practice Grant designed for superintendents to share insights, recommendations, and action plans with peers. It’s sponsored by Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS). To learn more about the organization, click here.

The board will also consider fencing bids for projects at Moore County High School and Lynchburg Elementary. There are currently two sealed bids: one from Dye’s Fencing in Lynchburg and a second from Maury Fence Company in Columbia. To see those bids, click here.

The Metro School Board will also discuss an internal audit, annual school board agenda, and discuss the designation of a systems testing coordinator. According to BOE policy 4.701 that coordinator “is responsible for administering, monitoring, and maintaining security of all tests to be administered within the school district. The principal of each school shall serve as or designate a building testing coordinator.”

Director of School Moorehead plans to give a construction progress report, discuss an installation schedule for LES Playground installation, and discuss the decision to postpone the Lynchburg Jr. Pro season. He will also address the school district planning retreat, the 2021-22 budget calendar, and the evaluations of instructional programs.

All Metro School Board meeting are open to the general public. Citizens who would like to address the board must make that request 10 days before a scheduled meeting. To view the complete agenda, click here. For questions or additional information, contact the BOE offices at 931-759-7303. •

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Lynchburg Jr. Pro season postponed until further notice due to rising COVID numbers

According to league officials, Lynchburg Junior Pro’s 2020-21 season will be postponed until further notice due to rising COVID 19 cases in Moore County. (File Photo)

SPORTS — The Heat, Suns, Maverick, Sparks and other youth basketball teams may not get to play their 2020-21 season. League officials announced Monday night that Lynchburg Jr. Pro’s basketball season would be “postponed” effective immediately and until further notice.

“We aren’t cancelling yet but will re-evaluate in January,” the group said on their public Facebook page.

When contacted for comment, league officials told The Lynchburg Times that they were approached by school administrators on Sunday night and asked to postpone the season due to rising COVID case numbers in Moore County.

During the November Metro School Board meeting, the Board unanimously voted to allow Lynchburg Jr. Pro to move forward with their season but gave Metro Director of Schools Chad Moorehead wide latitude to cancel it based solely at his discretion.

Since that November 9 meeting, COVID cases have spiked across Moore County by nearly 30 percent. The Tennessee Department of Health reported Moore County gained 135 cases from November 9 (the date of the Metro School Board meeting) and December 7 ( the date the Lynchburg Jr. Pro season was postponed).

“We are experiencing a higher rate of COVID-19 exposures and positive tests within the school system,” said Director Moorehead. “Many of our teachers and students have been quarantined or isolated in the past week.  Our goal is to keep our school buildings open for in-person learning and in order to do so, we have to minimize our opportunities for exposure to the virus.”

Director Moorehead explained that for each person that enters a local school building with the virus, the system must send multiple people home for at least 10 day.

“We only have so many substitutes.  When we have more adults absent than substitutes available, the schools shift to remote learning,” Director Moorehead said.

League officials say they will re-evaluate in January. For more information, visit the Lynchburg Jr. Pro Basketball page by clicking here. •

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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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