Students in Cannon County Schools will now be receiving report cards every nine weeks following action taken by the county's Board of Education Thursday night.
The board approved the change to nine week grading periods from the current six by unanimous vote following a motion made by board member Shannon Davenport and seconded by Chris Blackburn. Chairman Randy Gannon, Cathy Hyatt and Roy Parker also voted yes.
As part of the change, students will also receive progress reports at three and six week intervals during grading periods.
In other action Thursday during its regular monthly meeting, held at the Cannon County Courthouse, the board:
• Took no action on a request made by Bill Parsley, representing to Cannon County Sports Council, for $22,000 to go toward paying off the remainder of the $72,000 note on the Sports Complex at Cannon County High School.
The general consensus of board members was that with the school system already under a financial shortfall this year, having to tap into its reserves to fund the 2010-2011 budget. and with teachers not receiving a raise and having to contribute more to their insurance costs, the expenditure could not be justified.
Jeran Tenpenny, a Cannon County High School student who represents students on the school board, said, "It is my opinion we can not afford to pay $22,000 for this building. I just believe this money would be better spent somewhere else in our system."
Parsley countered that he did not think $22,000 was too much to ask for because the Sports Council has already contributed a lot of money to the construction of the facility, which benefits a great number of students, and added the council will continue to raise funds and build facilities which students will use even after the sports complex is paid for.
One of the reasons the council is in a difficult situation, Parsley said, is that it was originally promised that all sports would help raise money to pay for the building, but now the burden has fallen completely on football, which uses it primarily.
Davenport pointed out the board pays the electric and water bills for the building, an amount which has exceeded $30,000 since 2007. It also pays $750 yearly to insure the building.
One area in which there was agreement is that there is a need for a greater coordination of fundraising efforts for the various sports programs. Both Parsley and Davenport stressed the need for cooperation. To that end, a board workshop will be help with representatives of the sports council, the school board and coaches of the programs to develop a strategy and plan to move forward.
"It's all about communication," Davenport said. "I want to see everybody get together and go over there and work with the sports council."
Parsley also said the sports council would present its request for funding assistant to the Cannon County Commission.
"We can raise big impact money with this sports council. The whole idea of the sports council was to have better facilities. We want to help everybody."
• Approved a motion made by Davenport to re-bid the construction of a security vestibule at West Side School. There was only one company, Steven Osment Construction, for the project when it was first bid. Osment's bid was $46,300. The bidding requirements will also be altered to shorten the amount of time for the winner to complete the project.
• Approved the extension of the front awning at West Side, plus the erection of a memorial to honor the late Annie Cox, a long-time teacher. Both projects will be funded by private donations as no cost to the school or school system.
• Approval the CCHS Lions Football Boosters sale of Gold Passes.
• Approved Standards Based Report cards for first and second graders.
• Approved a yearly maintenance fee of $500 for youth sports organizations using the football field at CCHS for season games.
• Approved policy changes, including one covering the use of Personal Electronic Communication Devices (Cell phones, Pagers, CD players, Ipods, MP3 and any other communication device hereafter referred to as PECOs). USe is restricted to before the beginning of school, after school, during emergency conditions to be determined by school personnel, or at other times deemed appropriate by the school principal. Use of cell phones on school buses is also prohibited. Another policy change implements a $100 fee for use of school buildings for non-school events.
(See next week's Cannon Courier for additional information from the meeting)