Short Mountain Highest In Attendance

KEITH READY, Courier Contributor

Short Mountain Highest In Attendance

Director of Schools Barbara Parker, left, presents Cathy Hyatt a certificate expressing appreciation for her service as a school board member.
Short Mountain School has won the attendance award for the second consecutive year. With a 97.8 percent attendance rate, Short Mountain School finished one whole point higher than Westside School's 96.8 percent.  

Woodland came in third in the running with 96 percent while Auburn School finished fourth with a 95.94 percentage.  Eastside was not far behind at 95.87 percent.  Woodbury Grammar school claimed sixth with a 94.79%, while Cannon County High School rounded up the schools with a 94.76% attendance rate figure.  

The attendance award was announced Thursday night during the Cannon County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting.  

The meeting was the last for board member Cathy Hyatt, who did not seek reelection. Bruce Daniel will be taking over her spot starting in September. It was also the last meeting for board member Shannon
Davenport, who lost in an election to Nathan Sanders last Tuesday. Davenport had prior engagements and could not attend the meeting.

Woodbury Grammar School Principal Bonnie Patterson gave a presentation to show how the Cub Club benefited the students involved. The Cub Club was started last school year with the money awarded the school from Verizon Wireless and the Thinkfinity Grant.  The Cub Club focused on 3rd grade reading and 7th grade math.  

Although the scores aren't in for the reading portion just yet, the figures showed just how well the program benefited the students in the Math program as on average Students increased their
scores 8 NCE points. One student ended up with an increase of 26 NCE points. Six students increased in one category ranking on their TCAP scores going from basic to proficiency.  

Patterson received the Board's approval to apply for another Thinkfinity grant for $5000, a Community
Foundation Grant for up to $10,000 and a grant from Lowe's worth $10,000 in which if awarded will be used for upgrading playground equipment at the school.

In other actions the Board denied the transfer requests from the Monzalvo family and Cassie Faircloth.  They approved Wyatt Goff taking dual enrollment courses at MTSU.  

They also approved Daniel McFerrin's request to take dual enrollment courses through the Tennessee Technology Center with the understanding that he will have enough hours to graduate on time.  Since the Center does not start classes until September 4th, the provision was also made that he could not leave school early before that date.  McFerrin plans to study to be a licensed electrician.

The Board approved the Revised General Purpose School Budget which shows a appropriation of 86.5 cents of the county property tax.  This only changes the revenue side and not the expenditures.

The Middle Grade Sports Committee is still meeting so the item on the agenda was tabled. The next meeting of that committee will be August 28th at 5:00 at the Central Office.

After the attendance award presentation and the recognition of Ms. Hyatt and Ms Davenport for their past four years of service on the school board, the meeting was adjourned.