Board approves funding for baseball facility

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Pending the Cannon County Commission's approval to allow the high school baseball team to add a facility to the baseball field the program is leasing from the county, the Cannon County Board of Education approved the spending of $14,400 to get the concrete work underway for the building during its monthly meeting on June 12.

The project will get underway upon approval from the Commission and approval of the Education budget that is set to be voted on possibly before the next monthly meeting.

The project is led by high school baseball coach Colin Jones and the building is estimated to cost around $35-$40,000.

Members of the community and businesses have contacted Jones promising to make donations to the program to cover the entire cost of the building itself. The building will house lockers along with a restroom facility and a hitting area and will be utilized especially during the winter months.

The motion was passed and approved by the three members who attended the meeting. Chairman Bruce Daniel and board members Javin Fann and Tim Powers were in attendance. Board member Shelley Walkup also tried to attend the meeting via a Skype hookup but the software failed and she did not have access to the meeting. Nathan Sanders had a prior engagement and did not attend as well.

Audrey James addressed the Board concerning a special education transportation agreement the County has with the Rutherford County Board of Education. The two systems have been working together for many years in transporting special education students to Rutherford County programs and this agreement will continue the relationship between the two.

Several board policies were up for approval for revisions made or simply new policies altogether. The revisions on the policies were made so the County can be in accord with revisions in state policies that were passed recently. TSBA reviewed all revisions and gave Cannon County the green light to proceed to get them approved on the local level.

The new policies covered transcript alterations, and recommendations and file transfers.

The policies that had to be revised to match the state revisions included insurance management, family and medical leave, qualifications and duties of the director of schools, zero tolerance offenses, corporal punishment and the child abuse and neglect policies.

Attention was brought to the zero tolerance offenses policy as it now states that any student who unlawfully possesses any drug including any controlled substance shall be expelled.

Any controlled substance covers things like synthetic drugs.

The policy also adds that any student who commits aggravated assault or commits assault that results in bodily injury upon any teacher or staff member shall be expelled. That policy now covers the staff in case the assault is not considered aggravated.

The corporal punishment policy was revised to add that any principal, assistant principal or teacher with the approval of the principal may use corporal punishment in a reasonable manner. It was also pointed out that if a student has a disability, corporal punishment shall be administered only when the school has received parental permission and the principal shall notify the parent or guardian any time corporal punishment is used.

The child abuse and neglect policy ensures that all personnel will be alert for any evidence of child or sexual abuse or neglect. If personnel has reasonable cause to suspect such abuse, a report shall be filed immediately. Full policies are available on the schools website.

New Cannon County High School principal Courtney Nichols was recognized as was Dr. Regina Merriman, Federal Projects and Pre-K Director who is retiring after 40 years of dedicated service to Cannon County Schools.

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