Also, the board agreed to offer an early retirement incentive again this year, saying the plan actually saves the school system money since senior teachers make more than entry level ones.
The board also approved changes in the policy manual and the student code of conduct making cyber bullying a more serious offense than it has been.
"Cyber bullying is a serious problem," Davis said. "We can’t control what they (students) do with their own computers and cell phones, but we have to have rules about who can send what from the school’s website."
The board agreed to have Kaatz, Binkley, Jones & Morris architectural firm develop the plan to turn one classroom at Watertown High into a science lab.
Davis pointed out that the change may be expensive, but the new state curriculum requirements for science labs makes the change mandatory.
The board also agreed to pay KBJM for work already done for the new Lebanon High School. The money will come out of the school system’s general fund and be repaid whenever the proposed new school is funded.
In other action: Weathers was reappointed trustee for the Unemployment Compensation Trust.
A resolution of appreciation for administrative and instructional support staff was approved.
Property and Casualty Insurance, Workers Compensation Insurance and the CIGNA Employee Benefit plan were all approved for renewal.
A memorandum of understanding with Tennessee Tech Center at Hartsville, allowing them to teach classes in medical records, patient care and automotive technician at the Wilson County center was approved.
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