There was a lot of Saturday morning quarterbacking going on this weekend with Wilson County school officials, who basically said in hindsight they should have made the call to keep school closed Friday. They said they would recalibrate specific decision-making snow-related policies for the future.
Erring on the side of caution Friday would have prevented a lot of anxiety and social media venting from irritated and worried parents. However, school officials said while the wrong call was made, they are meeting this week to reevaluate snow day procedures and work toward future best and safest decisions as possible.
Principal's list and honor roll for the first nine weeks for Gladeville Elementary School.
Principal's list and honor roll for the first nine weeks at Tuckers Crossroads School.
Principal's list and honor roll for the first nine weeks at Carroll-Oakland Elementary.
Principal's list and honor roll for first nine weeks at Watertown Middle School.
Principal's list and honor roll for the first nine weeks at Tennessee Virtual Online School.
A groundbreaking was held on Monday morning at the location to celebrate its latest purpose - housing the Wilson County School System.
About 200 Mt. Juliet parents showed up at Elzie Patton Elementary School Tuesday night to hear about projected rezoning efforts to incorporate the new Springdale Elementary School, constructed to relieve overcrowding in Mt. Juliet schools.
Lebanon High School will present its fall production, the comedy "Boeing Boeing" by Marc Camoletti, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. in the LHS auditorium.
Four Mt. Juliet High School graduates recently received the distinct honor to accept the National American FFA (Future Farmers of America) degree.
The Wilson County School Board rejected the City of Mt. Juliet's counteroffer to settle a lawsuit by the board to secure unpaid liquor-by-the-drink taxes.
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright said it has been a while since the system celebrated a brand new school.
A jazz concert, a preview of the upcoming Christmas production of "Elf," and an emotional Mt. Juliet Middle School Principal Tim Bell all took center stage at the unveiling of MJMS's $2.8 million renovation Tuesday evening.
To say the county is in a school-building frenzy is an understatement. There are simultaneous multiple renovations, additions and construction on line at this moment.
A Lebanon High School culinary arts teacher was arrested Monday evening on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and implied consent.
It looks like the offer to settle the Wilson County School Board's lawsuit against Mt. Juliet to secure unpaid liquor-by-the-drink taxes has some traction.
ACT scores are in for last year's junior class, and there's much to celebrate in Wilson County, according to Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson.
Between now and Nov. 20, almost 200 volunteers are needed throughout Wilson County to help work with students receiving free college tuition through the TN Promise scholarship program, according to Wilson County Schools Public Information Officer Jennifer Johnson.
Tickets are on-sale now for "In the Spirit" - a concert featuring the Grammy Award-Winning Fairfield Four, and Fisk Jubilee Singers.
While Lakeview Elementary's some 650 students take a breather from the classroom on their two-week fall break, some local Mt. Juliet employees descended on their playgrounds and outdoor space to do a little sprucing.
Jr. Beta Club officers from Southside Elementary recently presented a service project at the Beta Leadership Summit in Sevierville and qualified for the national convention. Their service project is called the New Student Welcome Committee and will see Jr. Beta members personally greet and deliver welcome kits to new students each Friday. At the end of every nine weeks, the club will host a New Southside Family Night for parents to meet with counselors and/or administrators while new students participate in team-building activities with Jr. Beta members, according to SEEK Instructor Angie Pulley. Pictured, from left: Brooke Turner, Cassie Bowman, Joplin Miller, Kyle Pulley and Alivia Hartz. SUBMITTED
On Thursday and Friday, students, parents and administrators from three Wilson county schools will gather before class to participate in the annual "Walk to School Day."
Results of the investigation by the District Attorney General into an ethics complaint filed against the Wilson County Board of Education alleging mishandling of government property and the renovation of the former Lebanon High School has been released and deemed, as a whole, to "appear to be legally sound" and "no illegal acts occurred."
Sewer hookup on a new elementary school in Mt. Juliet will have to wait following city commissioners' vote Monday night to defer a resolution that would allow the work to continue.
After what local officials categorized as a "lengthy investigation," the Wilson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a juvenile for posting threatening messages regarding Lebanon High School and students via social media.
Wilson Central High School will celebrate Homecoming tonight prior to their game with McGavock High School. Festivities start at 6:20 with the parade of floats followed by the presentation of the court at 6:30. The court includes: (seated from left) Kamryn Burgess, senior; Football Sweetheart Sarah Moore, Queen Payton Hartnett and Grayson Allen, senior. Back row: Ella Burgess, freshman: Sydney Davidson, sophomore: Molly Kate Brown, junior: Alexis Miller, junior: Millie Gnewikow, sophomore and Carson Coward, freshman.
For those Wilson County School system parents who love their usual fall and spring breaks, it's smooth sailing next calendar year. But there are changes afoot with a possible reshuffle of the break schedule come the 2018-2019 school year.
Wilson County Schools, with a little help from the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, are encouraging high school seniors to take advantage of a free opportunity that could save them thousands of dollars before heading to college.
With a property tax rate hike potentially on the horizon, with a large portion of the proceeds that could be earmarked for schools, The Wilson Post was curious to know the breakdown of how the Wilson County School System is funded.
The expansion and renovation of Tuckers Crossroads and Gladeville schools got the green light from the Wilson County School Board at a special-called meeting Sunday afternoon - while similar projects at Watertown and Southside schools were put on hold.
The cold didn't dampen the spirits of Mt. Juliet Elzie Patton Elementary School students who participated in Walk to School Day Thursday morning. About 80 students celebrated the national event that promotes walking - instead of riding to school.
The Wilson County Budget Committee Thursday night deferred a motion by the Education Committee that asked them to consider a property tax increase to cover a major shortfall in their original $54.8 million schools building and expansion plan.
Faced with bids totaling $28 million more than originally budgeted, the Wilson County School Board voted unanimously Monday night to send a trimmed-back set of bids to the county commission for construction, expansion and renovation at four elementary and K-8 schools.
Wilson County Schools joined the rest of the state this afternoon in canceling the second part of the TNReady Assessment for grades 3-8 after the vendor failed yet again to provide paper testing materials by deadline.
A $28 million cost overrun for school construction that has already been discussed by the county commission's budget committee will be discussed by the Wilson County School Board at a special-called work session next week.
This is the Watertown High School Principal's List, Honor Roll for the 3rd Nine Weeks.
Anticipation is growing for the Future Farmers of America student plant sale at Lebanon High School.
The Wilson County School Board has offered an olive branch to the City of Mt. Juliet April 4 in a nearly two-year-old lawsuit over the city's past failure to share its liquor-by-the-drink (LBD) tax revenues with the county schools.
German language students at Mt. Juliet High School had stellar scores at both state and national levels recently. One student, Robert Hamm, just this week found out he's a contender for a free trip to Germany.
The new high school site in Mt. Juliet could provide alternative acreage for Mt. Juliet's third fire station.
The Wilson County School Board voted 3-2 Monday to buy a site for a new high school on the county's western side at the corner of North Greenhill Road and US 70/Lebanon Road that connects with the W. A. Wright Elementary property.
MT. JULIET - Wilson County's next new high school will be in the heart of Mt. Juliet's Northtown District, which is City Commissioner Ray Justice's jurisdiction.
Special biotechnology courses offered to students at Lebanon High School would prepare them for either college or a career, LHS chemistry teacher Melissa Bunch told the Wilson County School Board at its regular meeting Monday night.
More than 480 young inventors convened at MTSU last week for the 24th regional Invention Convention, bringing inventions such as new games to things that "make life easier."
Of the 60 awarded inventions, 24 were created by Wilson County Schools or Lebanon Special School District students.
After stating there would be changes to Wilson County Schools' SEEK program in the fall, the district's director announced Monday night they have decided keep the program "intact as it is now" for the next school year.
The biggest news at the Wilson County Commission meeting concerned an upcoming attempt by the Wilson County School Board to finally settle on the site of a new high school on the county's western side.
Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, the SEEK program in Wilson County Schools will be undergoing changes in order to expand services to students.
Bus drivers are often the first and last faces children see in the school system each day. They offer a warm smile, a friendly "hello" and lots of encouragement daily - and on Wednesday, Wilson County School bus drivers went beyond the call of duty by hosting a Valentine's Dance for the children they love and serve.
Kindergarten registration for the 2016-17 school year for Wilson County Schools will take place Monday, April 4 through Wednesday, April 6 during normal school hours of 7:30 a.m. until 2:15 p.m.
A Wilson County Schools bus driver accepted a Grammy Award Monday night in Los Angeles, and gave a "shout out" to his friends in the transportation department.
"That is a sad day when kids can't even have a little cupcake party."
The Tennessee Education Association sent Rick Colbert, the TEA general counsel, to Wilson County to speak about the problems with TNReady testing this week.
Before a capacity crowd of concerned residents from Mt. Juliet's Hickory Hills and Devonshire neighborhoods, the Wilson County School Board went into overtime Monday night at a work session to discuss possible sites for the county's next high school - and Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright unveiled a surprise possible site.
Why should legislators consider voting for a law that will more than likely never affect their districts? The Governor's School Voucher bill will not affect 95 percent of all school districts in Tennessee - especially not Wilson County Schools. So why vote for the bill?
The community got a firsthand look at textbooks options for the upcoming school-year.
Open Enrollment for Wilson County Schools begins Monday, Feb. 1, and will end Thursday, March 31.
Gov. Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 24-30, 2016 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community.
Gov. Bill Haslam declared Tennessee in a "state of emergency" last week following the systems of ice and snow that moved thru the state on Wednesday and Friday.
Lebanon Special School District Officials announced today that school would resume Tuesday, Jan. 26th at the normal times.
Wilson County Schools' Office Administrative Assistant Pam Peery hails from Paris, Tennessee, but has lived, worked and served her adopted Wilson County community for more than two decades.
Wilson County Sheriff's Office School Resource Officer (SRO) Justin Witherspoon will be honored with his own Appreciation Day on Friday at Elzie D. Patton Elementary School in Mt. Juliet.
Did the punishment fit the crime?
Despite objections from two of its members the Wilson County School Board voted Monday night to uphold the ruling which left a former Tuckers Crossroads educator suspended for one semester without pay.
In 2015, The Cumberland University Board of Trust named Dr. Paul C. Stumb IV as the 26th president in the school's 174-year history. The appointment came after an extensive nationwide search.
As has been the case for more than a decade, government in Wilson County and its municipalities spent much of 2015 monitoring, preparing for or dealing with the ramifications of growth.
Representatives from three bus vendors appeared at the Wilson County School Board meeting tonight to share their thoughts on the bidding process.
Tenured Wilson County teacher Matt Mock played pranks during a teacher work day last spring at Tuckers Crossroads School (TXR), his lawyer Michael Clemons admitted to the Wilson County School Board Monday night.
Only one company returned bids for school buses even though three companies were asked to submit them, the Wilson County School Board was told Monday night by Jerry Partlow, district director of transportation, at a special-called meeting.
Carroll-Oakland students and faculty were in for a treat on Wednesday morning as the band and choir classes performed a holiday concert for them.
County teachers are concerned that the new Tennessee Ready assessments could affect their evaluations, they told the Wilson County School Board Monday night. They're worried because test scores may be lower on the new assessments for reasons having nothing to do with teaching and learning.
Mt. Juliet Middle School Theater invites the community to the musical "Annie Jr." on Friday, Dec. 11 and Saturday, Dec. 12 - the eighth show under the direction of teacher Julie Groover.
Jerry Young made a bad call in the fall of 1962. At age 17 and beginning her senior year, she bailed out of high school.
Almost 60,000 students statewide applied for TN promise in the program's second year. TN Promise provides applicants with a scholarship to attend one of the state's community or technical colleges tuition-free. In Wilson County, 1,486 students applied for the opportunity.
Ten of the 14 eligible Wilson County Schools received all "A's" in achievement for 2014-15, according to the Tennessee Department of Education Report Card.
Several Wilson County schools have asbestos in their buildings. However, Deputy Director of Schools Mickey Hall says it isn't dangerous to the health of students or staff.
Claims that the public schools in Tennessee are indoctrinating children by teaching too much of any religion are a logical fallacy at best. Webster defines indoctrination as, "to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs."
Parents of Lebanon High School students were alerted this morning that concerns of a possible on-campus shooting were nothing more than "rumors" after investigation by school officials and the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.
State-mandated testing has started in Wilson County Schools. Jennifer Cothron, supervisor of testing and accountability, told the county school board Monday night about TNReady, the testing program that has become part of TCAP in the state.
The debate over where to put Wilson County's next high school continues, with Zone 1 School Board Member Wayne McNeese vehemently opposed to the possibility of building on land available along West Division Street in Mt. Juliet.
The Wilson County School Board meeting Monday night started out calmly with the Watertown Middle School Choir singing about their future and leading the Pledge, but it didn't stay calm.
A tenured teacher who was removed from teaching by Wilson County Schools Board after alleged pranks and harassment could be teaching in the system by January.
In July, the Wilson County Commission voted itself a pay raise to $800 per month, per commissioner. Now it turns out that by doing so, the commissioners also, in effect, gave Wilson County School Board members the same raise.
Controversy reigned at Monday night's Wilson County School Board meeting. First there was a discussion about mold at Watertown Elementary.
Wilson County Schools recently released the results of a mold assessment report conducted at Watertown Elementary School's Building A on Sept. 14.
Concerned parents gathered at Round Lick Baptist Church on Wednesday to garner support for their petition to address mold removal at Watertown Elementary School.
Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright announced in a release Thursday that Jerry Partlow had been named the new Director of Transportation for the school system.
With the firing of the transportation director this week, Wilson County Schools made several decisions about its organization and future.
Interim director is appointed
LEBANON -- Wilson County Schools' Director of Transportation Tiffany Lowery was terminated Monday, according to Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright.
"Multiple reasons factored into the decision to terminate Ms. Lowery, but the bottom line is the decision was made in the best interest of the students and operations of Wilson County Schools," said Wright.
The county's school expansion process to deal with the population boom is under way.
The Wilson County Commission approved the 2015-16 budget and set a tax rate before receiving a visit from the ghost of James E. Ward Monday night.
It's no secret, adult learners can earn a diploma at Wilson County's Adult High School, which offers a much-needed second chance to get the high school diploma they missed the first time.
Monday, August 3rd is "Back-to-School" for students in the Wilson County School System.
TCAP scores from 2014-2015 -
TCAP Scores released this week reported a drop in various subjects at three Wilson County High Schools; however, Testing and Accountability Supervisor Jennifer Cothron said test scores are merely a "snapshot of student achievement on one particular day at a particular time" and reminded folks that "student learning occurs every day."
The testing data released compared the number of proficient and advanced students, otherwise known as at grade level and above, between the 2014 and 2015 tests.
Former Tuckers Crossroads Elementary teacher and coach Matthew Mock has decided to appeal the Wilson County School Board's unanimous vote to terminate his employment.
Both the Education and Budget Committees of the Wilson County Commission have unanimously approved plans to improve, remodel and expand five Wilson County schools and rebuild the old Lebanon High School for new uses, County Finance Commissioner Aaron Maynard said this week.
Tax revenues are up, and that means the county schools can afford to pay teachers and principals better, hire needed teachers, and even absorb a sizeable hike in their water and sewer costs, the Wilson County School Board learned this weekend at a work session Saturday afternoon.
The Wilson County School Board fired Tuckers Crossroads sixth grade teacher Matthew Mock by a unanimous vote at the board's regular meeting Monday night for allegedly "engaging in school-wide pranks on paid school time" and "targeting" another teacher "maliciously" in violation of Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act.
The 21st century is all about technology, and Wilson County students need more and better training in the use of technology.
Several Wilson County Schools' Nutrition Department employees brought home honors from the Tennessee School Nutrition Association's (TSNA) annual conference in Gatlinburg earlier this month.
Those who know him best say he is the hardest working man in Wilson County, but for all his diverse vocations, David Wright always has made getting children to school safely and on time job number one.
The staccato sound of gunfire within the walls of a Mt. Juliet elementary school sounded eerily real Tuesday morning as emergency agencies countywide partnered in an active shooter training exercise there.
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright announced to the faculties and staff Tuesday afternoon four new principals at the following schools: Lebanon High, Wilson Central High, Tuckers Crossroads Elementary and West Elementary.
Students from several schools in Wilson County recently celebrated their season participating in the Tennessee State Parks Run Club with a special visit from a USA National 24-hour Running Team member.
Sievers: Leaving West is bittersweet, but opportunity is great
Three-year West Elementary School Principal Becky Siever wants it shouted from the rooftops that she has left her position to go to the Lebanon Special School District on "nothing best the best of terms."
Changes are coming to two Wilson County high schools this spring.
Wilson County Schools are set to grow. The Wilson County School Board spent about two hours in a work session Thursday evening viewing details of a nearly $270 million five-year construction and equipment plan which would build and furnish five new schools, and expand or renovate five others.
Reading 50,000 minutes since late September was a piece of cake for West Elementary fifth grader Jonnie Miller.
It doesn't happen often in Middle Tennessee, but sometimes the roads are too slippery for school buses to travel. And teachers are worried their students will slip behind, too.
Stretches of inclement weather, such as last week's snow and ice storm, have many concerned whether or not the students who depend on food provided at school went hungry.
Making the decision to close Wilson County schools is not an easy decision, and there is more that goes into it than many people realize, according to Deputy Director Mickey Hall.
Kids & teachers rejoice --
After a sheet of ice covered Wilson County on President's Day Monday, local school students and their teachers will get an added day of rest due to the continued weather situation.
Wilson County Schools along with the Lebanon Special School District and Friendship Christian School announced their decisions to close on Tuesday, Feb. 17 by early afternoon Monday.
Several Wilson County schools are bursting at the seams.
From five have come seven --
The redistricting of Wilson County School Board seats has been accomplished with the County Commission's unanimous approval Monday night of the new districts that were recommended to the commission by the Education Committee chaired by District 20 Commissioner Annette Stafford.
Wilson County Schools has four schools that are available for the Open Enrollment period of Monday, Feb. 2, through Tuesday, March 31, for the 2015-2016 school year.
Frigid forecast forced decision --
Due to the "brutally cold temperatures" anticipated for Thursday, Jan. 8, Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright announced Wednesday afternoon that schools will be closed.
However, all 12-month employees will report for work. Additionally, all Kids Club locations will be open and operate on the snow schedule, which is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learning Centers will not be open.
For the second consecutive year, local high schools will reap the rewards of State Farm's Celebrate My Drive campaign to promote teen driver safety efforts.
Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright has named Tiffany Lowery as the school system's new transportation director.
Wilson Central's wrestling, softball and tennis teams will start raising funds to build two new sports buildings on the school's campus soon.
LEBANON -- Graveside funeral services were held Monday morning, Oct. 27 at the Cedar Grove Cemetery to honor the life of longtime Wilson County School Teacher Cindy Greer Reavis, 53, who died Friday after a long battle with breast cancer.
Officials with Wilson County Schools and Lebanon Special School District lauded their respective school systems’ progress made in the 2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP, while also noting that improvements remain necessary.
I am writing in regard to the recent e-mail that I received from Mary Ann Sparks, director of Human Resources for Wilson County Schools, regarding the new pay scale that will be implemented for the 2014-2015 school year. I want to take a minute to advocate for our profession and the reasons why I feel like a base salary of $45,500 for a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) with no pay bumps, increases, etc., is unfair and not an appropriate pay rate for our profession.
A new differentiated pay scale policy passed by the Wilson County Board of Education earlier this year will base teacher salaries on performance rather than degrees.
Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Tim Setterlund informed school board members Monday night that they would be benefitting from liquor-by-the-drink taxes in the near future.
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