He told the board that the only projects which would have a chance were ones that were “shovel ready.” He explained that having the architectural plans, as well as approvals from the Lebanon Planning Commission and the Fire Marshal also helps.
He said Gordon’s office told him they were unsure how much funding would be available, but there were plans to include some stimulus money for schools and infrastructure.
He also said Gordon’s office had mentioned “crumbling schools, “which ought to give us a priority.”
In other business, the board decided to defer a decision on donating land for a road right-of-way to Mt. Juliet at the request of Zone 1 Board Member Don Weathers.
Weathers said he wanted someone from Hewlett-Spencer, Architect Bill Morris and possibly two or three others to look over the request to be sure it wouldn’t damage the appearance, parking or drainage at the new Mt. Juliet High School.
The right-of-way runs in front of the school and would be used to widen Curd Road. It was also suggested that the land donation be made contingent on Mt Juliet working out the funding for the project.
The board also voted to declare Jan, 11-17 as Food Service Workers Appreciation Week. Members also accepted a resolution from the County Mayor Robert Dedman naming Jan. 25-31 as School Board Appreciation Week.
Davis asked to have the Video Club from MJHS videotape school board meetings for broadcast on local public television channels.
During his presentation of bills paid to the board, Assistant Director Mickey Hall told members that the school system is about $650,000 short on utilities this school year. He added that lower fuel prices this fall may help make up the shortfall, but since the 20 percent increase by TVA was not budgeted utilities would be higher than expected.
Zone 2 Board Member Greg Lasater questioned why if the school system has a zero tolerance policy, students who sell drugs to other students are sent to the MAP Academy instead of just expelled.
Davis explained that the purpose of MAP was to salvage students who had made mistakes.
The board also discussed asking the county to fund the salary of one more Student Resource Officer so the MAP could have its own officer instead of sharing one with Southside Elementary.
The board also amended some of its policies and reviewed others with no change. After some discussion the board agreed to delete a drug testing policy which the U.S. Supreme Court had declared unconstitutional. The policy had been suspended pending action by the state legislature to create a policy which would be constitutional.
Staff Writer Connie Esh may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.