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Wilson Central student arrested for making threats

Wilson Central High School opened as usual for classes Monday morning after a Sunday threat from a student who said on social media he'd make Columbine look "like a joke."

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WCS require immunization boosters to enter middle school
WCS require immunization boosters to enter middle school

Wilson County Schools in January sent out letters to all the district's fifth and sixth grade parents to say their children could not go on to middle school without two important booster shots.

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MJHS students win FFA contests
MJHS students win FFA contests

Three Mt. Juliet students used their power of speech and each snagged a top spot in a recent public speaking contest with the National FFA organization.

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Hungry for Heroes events planned
Hungry for Heroes events planned
 
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County schools closed rest of week
County schools closed rest of week

A dramatic peak in teacher absenteeism due to illness Monday, Feb. 13 has prompted Wilson County schools to close the rest of the week.

School's spokesperson Jennifer Johnson announced the lengthy closure at around 2 p.m. Monday.

She said school officials have monitored the absentee rates of students and staff since last week.

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School Board bans paddling

Paddling, as a form of discipline will no longer be allowed in Wilson County Schools effective next school year after the School Board voted to abolish it Monday night.

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WCS to fence unprotected learning center play area
WCS to fence unprotected learning center play area

After some concerned citizens expressed alarm, a fence will be put up around a Wilson County school system in-school day care's outside play area.

The Kid's Club daycare at West Wilson Middle School has an outside play area that butts up to a loop road and is not fenced. The road does have some traffic at certain times of the day and a fence does not protect the play area.

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Woman of Wilson: Mary Ann Sparks
Woman of Wilson: Mary Ann Sparks

You could say that education and working with youth is in Mary Ann Sparks' DNA.

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Open enrollment for county schools begins Wednesday
Open enrollment for county schools begins Wednesday

Open enrollment for Wilson County Schools kicks off on Wednesday, Feb. 1.

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Miller to lead new elementary school
Miller to lead new elementary school

Wilson County Schools has tapped Stoner Creek Elementary School Principal Christine Miller to lead the district's newest elementary school, Springdale Elementary School, which will open in Mt. Juliet next school year.

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Rainey to lead MJMS

Leigh Anne Rainey, a high school administrator in Arkansas, has been named the new principal at Mt. Juliet Middle School, Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright announced Wednesday.

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County school officials to reevaluate snow day procedures

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.

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West Elementary School PL-HR
West Elementary School PL-HR

West Elementary School PL-HR

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Lebanon High School PL-HR
Lebanon High School PL-HR

Lebanon High School PL-HR

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Gladeville Elementary School- PL, HR
Gladeville Elementary School- PL, HR

Principal's list and honor roll for the first nine weeks for Gladeville Elementary School.

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Tuckers Crossroads- PL, HR
Tuckers Crossroads- PL, HR

Principal's list and honor roll for the first nine weeks at Tuckers Crossroads School.

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Carroll-Oakland Elementary School- PL, HR
Carroll-Oakland Elementary School- PL, HR

Principal's list and honor roll for the first nine weeks at Carroll-Oakland Elementary.

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Watertown Middle School- PL, HR
Watertown Middle School- PL, HR

Principal's list and honor roll for first nine weeks at Watertown Middle School.

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Tennessee Virtual Online School- PL, HR
Tennessee Virtual Online School- PL, HR

Principal's list and honor roll for the first nine weeks at Tennessee Virtual Online School.

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County, district breaks ground on Central Office project
County, district breaks ground on Central Office project

The former Lebanon High School building at 415 Harding Drive is about the be revitalized.

A groundbreaking was held on Monday morning at the location to celebrate its latest purpose - housing the Wilson County School System.

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Hundreds attend school rezone meeting in Mt. Juliet
Hundreds attend school rezone meeting in Mt. Juliet

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.

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LHS to present production 'Boeing, Boeing'
LHS to present production 'Boeing, Boeing'

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.

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MJHS grads awarded National FFA degree
MJHS grads awarded National FFA degree

Four Mt. Juliet High School graduates recently received the distinct honor to accept the National American FFA (Future Farmers of America) degree.

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School board rejects MJ offer to settle liquor back-taxes
School board rejects MJ offer to settle liquor back-taxes

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.

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WC Schools breaks ground on Springdale Elementary
WC Schools breaks ground on Springdale Elementary

Wilson County Schools Director Dr. Donna Wright said it has been a while since the system celebrated a brand new school.

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MJMS celebrates $2.8 million renovation
MJMS celebrates $2.8 million renovation

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.

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WC Schools projects a sign of district's growth
WC Schools projects a sign of district's growth

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.

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LHS culinary teacher charged with DUI, suspended
LHS culinary teacher charged with DUI, suspended

A Lebanon High School culinary arts teacher was arrested Monday evening on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and implied consent.

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MJ OKs pending agreement to settle school board lawsuit
MJ OKs pending agreement to settle school board lawsuit

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.

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Junior class reaches record high ACT score
Junior class reaches record high ACT score

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.

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FRIDAY FOOTBALL FINALS -- Oct. 14
FRIDAY FOOTBALL FINALS -- Oct. 14
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TN Promise needs 200 mentors
TN Promise needs 200 mentors

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.

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'In the Spirit' show to play Capitol
'In the Spirit' show to play Capitol

Tickets are on-sale now for "In the Spirit" - a concert featuring the Grammy Award-Winning Fairfield Four, and Fisk Jubilee Singers.

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Under Armour volunteers surprise Lakeview with renovations
Under Armour volunteers surprise Lakeview with renovations

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.

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Southside Jr. Beta member qualify for national convention
Southside Jr. Beta member qualify for national convention

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

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West Wilson schools to take part in 'Walk to School Day'
West Wilson schools to take part in 'Walk to School Day'

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."

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DA's clears schools in ethics complaint
DA's clears schools in ethics complaint

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."

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MJ puts a stop on new elementary sewer work
MJ puts a stop on new elementary sewer work

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.

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Juvenile arrested for threats against LHS
Juvenile arrested for threats against LHS

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.

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WCHS names Homecoming court
WCHS names Homecoming court

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.

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School board leaves Fall Break for 2017-2018
School board leaves Fall Break for 2017-2018

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.

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Leaders urging seniors to sign up for free ACT retake
Leaders urging seniors to sign up for free ACT retake

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.

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Wilson Schools funding one of lowest in state
Wilson Schools funding one of lowest in state

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.

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TXR, Gladeville get green light; Southside, Watertown to wait
TXR, Gladeville get green light; Southside, Watertown to wait

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.

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Elzie Patton participates in 'Walk to School Day'
Elzie Patton participates in 'Walk to School Day'

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.

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Budget Committee defers talk of tax increase for schools
Budget Committee defers talk of tax increase for schools

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.

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Schools prioritized over old LHS renovation
Schools prioritized over old LHS renovation

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.

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WC Schools cancel TNReady testing
WC Schools cancel TNReady testing

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.

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Schools face $28 mil construction cost overrun
Schools face $28 mil construction cost overrun

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.

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Watertown High School Principal's List, Honor Roll
Watertown High School Principal's List, Honor Roll

This is the Watertown High School Principal's List, Honor Roll for the 3rd Nine Weeks.

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Pick a peck of potted plants
Pick a peck of potted plants

Anticipation is growing for the Future Farmers of America student plant sale at Lebanon High School.

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Compromise offered on alcohol tax
Compromise offered on alcohol tax

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.

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Herzlichen Glueckwunsch!
Herzlichen Glueckwunsch!

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.

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New HS land could offer spot for MJ's 3rd fire hall
New HS land could offer spot for MJ's 3rd fire hall

The new high school site in Mt. Juliet could provide alternative acreage for Mt. Juliet's third fire station.

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Divided board decides on new high school site
Divided board decides on new high school site

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.

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Justice pleased his district picked for new high school
Justice pleased his district picked for new high school

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.

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Biotech classes could lead to jobs
Biotech classes could lead to jobs

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.

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WCS, LSSD pull in 24 awards at Invention Convention
WCS, LSSD pull in 24 awards at Invention Convention

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.

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No SEEK changes to be made for 2016-2017
No SEEK changes to be made for 2016-2017

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.

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Special meeting set to choose school site
Special meeting set to choose school site

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.

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WCSchools to make changes to SEEK
WCSchools to make changes to SEEK

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.

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WCS Bus Drivers host Valentines Dance
WCS Bus Drivers host Valentines Dance

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.

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Wilson County Schools announces dates for kindergarten registration
Wilson County Schools announces dates for kindergarten registration

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.

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Heart & soul
Heart & soul
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Local bus driver wins Grammy
Local bus driver wins Grammy

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.

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Parents split on school ban on whole-class snacks
Parents split on school ban on whole-class snacks

"That is a sad day when kids can't even have a little cupcake party."

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TEA: State tests not valid for evaluating teachers
TEA: State tests not valid for evaluating teachers

The Tennessee Education Association sent Rick Colbert, the TEA general counsel, to Wilson County to speak about the problems with TNReady testing this week.

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School site options prove controversial
School site options prove controversial

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.

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Governor's Voucher Bill the Moral Choice
Governor's Voucher Bill the Moral Choice

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?

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County lays out textbooks for adoption
County lays out textbooks for adoption

The community got a firsthand look at textbooks options for the upcoming school-year.

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Wilson County Schools Open Enrollment application period begins Feb. 1
Wilson County Schools Open Enrollment application period begins Feb. 1

Open Enrollment for Wilson County Schools begins Monday, Feb. 1, and will end Thursday, March 31.

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School Board Appreciation Week set for Jan. 24-30
School Board Appreciation Week set for Jan. 24-30

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.

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County tries to get back on schedule
County tries to get back on schedule

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.

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WC Schools to open 2 hours late, LSSD at normal time
WC Schools to open 2 hours late, LSSD at normal time

Lebanon Special School District Officials announced today that school would resume Tuesday, Jan. 26th at the normal times.

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Woman of Wilson: Pam Peery
Woman of Wilson: Pam Peery

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.

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Elzie Patton to hold Appreciation Day for Witherspoon
Elzie Patton to hold Appreciation Day for Witherspoon

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.

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School board upholds teacher's suspension 3-2
School board upholds teacher's suspension 3-2

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.

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Year in Review: CU names Stumb new president
Year in Review: CU names Stumb new president

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.

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Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson
Year in Review: Growth spurs changes in Wilson

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.

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WC School Board hears from bus vendors
WC School Board hears from bus vendors

Representatives from three bus vendors appeared at the Wilson County School Board meeting tonight to share their thoughts on the bidding process.

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Suspension: Too much or just right?
Suspension: Too much or just right?

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.

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Single bus bid puzzles board
Single bus bid puzzles board

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.

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Sounds of the Season
Sounds of the Season

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.

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Teachers worried about testing

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.

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MJMS brings Broadway's 'Annie Jr.' to the stage

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.

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It's NEVER too late
It's NEVER too late

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.

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Mentors needed for TN Promise
Mentors needed for TN Promise

19 more needed by Friday

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.

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Ten Wilson County Schools earn A's in achievement
Ten Wilson County Schools earn A's in achievement

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.

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Asbestos in 9 schools no concern: Hall
Asbestos in 9 schools no concern: Hall

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.

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Schools teaching, not indoctrinating, students on Islam
Schools teaching, not indoctrinating, students on Islam

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."

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Schools taking HS threats seriously
Schools taking HS threats seriously

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.

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State testing is starting for students
State testing is starting for students

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.

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New high school site heats up board
New high school site heats up board

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.

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Parents against teaching Islam crowd meeting
Parents against teaching Islam crowd meeting

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.

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Tenured teacher Mock could be reinstated in January
Tenured teacher Mock could be reinstated in January

Overrules termination after pranks, harassment charges

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.

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School board gets raises to $800, too

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.

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School board talks on mold, Islam, same-sex benefits
School board talks on mold, Islam, same-sex benefits

Controversy reigned at Monday night's Wilson County School Board meeting. First there was a discussion about mold at Watertown Elementary.

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Mold report released for Watertown Elementary
Mold report released for 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.

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Concerned parents meet about school mold
Concerned parents meet about school mold

Concerned parents gathered at Round Lick Baptist Church on Wednesday to garner support for their petition to address mold removal at Watertown Elementary School.

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Partlow hired as transportation director
Partlow hired as transportation director

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.

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Steps in the right direction

With the firing of the transportation director this week, Wilson County Schools made several decisions about its organization and future.

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County bus boss Lowery fired
County bus boss Lowery fired

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.

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3 properties eyed for new schools
3 properties eyed for new schools

The county's school expansion process to deal with the population boom is under way.

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County budget, tax rate, alcohol sales at Expo passed
County budget, tax rate, alcohol sales at Expo passed

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.

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Adult High School offers students a second chance
Adult High School offers students a second chance

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.

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Ready or not, school is coming
Ready or not, school is coming

Monday, August 3rd is "Back-to-School" for students in the Wilson County School System.

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Data not kind to 3 high schools

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.

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Tenured teacher fired for 'pranks' to appeal
Tenured teacher fired for 'pranks' to appeal

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.

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Committees give thumbs up to school expansions
Committees give thumbs up to school expansions

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.

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School budget will fund upgrades
School budget will fund upgrades

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.

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TXR teacher fired over pranks, harassment
TXR teacher fired over pranks, harassment

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.

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Tech plan for county schools tops $13 million
Tech plan for county schools tops $13 million

The 21st century is all about technology, and Wilson County students need more and better training in the use of technology.

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Wilson County Schools take top honors at state nutrition conference
Wilson County Schools take top honors at state nutrition conference

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.

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The Wright man behind the wheel
The Wright man behind the wheel

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.

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'Active shooter simulation' plays out in MJ
'Active shooter simulation' plays out in MJ

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.

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Four new principals announced
Four new principals announced

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.

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TXR Run Club welcomes ultrarunner, FCS teacher Armstrong
TXR Run Club welcomes ultrarunner, FCS teacher Armstrong

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.

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Siever named new principal at Byars Dowdy
Siever named new principal at Byars Dowdy

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."

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LHS, WCHS principals to retire
LHS, WCHS principals to retire

Changes are coming to two Wilson County high schools this spring.

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Board wants land to build 5 new schools, cost of $270 million
Board wants land to build 5 new schools, cost of $270 million

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.

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'Sundae Fun Day' celebrates reading 1 million hours

Reading 50,000 minutes since late September was a piece of cake for West Elementary fifth grader Jonnie Miller.

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Vandals strike WCHS
Wilson Central High School experienced an incident of vandalism early Wednesday morning.

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Using tech to teach
Using tech to teach

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.

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Cold and Hungry?
Cold and Hungry?

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.

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WC Schools explain Tuesday closure
WC Schools explain Tuesday closure

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.

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Local schools to close Tuesday

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.

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School growing pains (and plans) discussed
School growing pains (and plans) discussed

Several Wilson County schools are bursting at the seams.

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New school board districts approved
New school board districts approved

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.

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County Schools open enrollment application begins Feb. 2

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.

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County schools, LSSD close Thursday

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.

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LHS, MJHS win $25,000 Celebrate My Drive Grants

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.

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Wilson County Schools names new transportation director

Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright has named Tiffany Lowery as the school system's new transportation director.

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Board wrestles with questions about new gyms

Wilson Central's wrestling, softball and tennis teams will start raising funds to build two new sports buildings on the school's campus soon.

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Educator Reavis laid to rest Monday
Educator Reavis laid to rest Monday

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.

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Schools show TCAP gains, improvement needs

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.

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Pay scale concerns raised for SLPs in WC Schools

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.

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New teacher pay to be based on performance

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.

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LIVE VIDEO - Monday night BOE meeting


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Student testing explained
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School system to benefit from liquor taxes

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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Board votes to uphold paddling

A motion to amend Wilson County Schools’ punishment policy failed on Monday evening with a 3-2 vote from the school board.

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