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County schools cancel May 22 classes
County schools cancel May 22 classes

Wilson County Schools announced this week that there will be no regular classes on Monday, May 22.

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MJ squires revisit settlement with WCS

In a quest to obtain some acreage from Wilson County Schools for a fire station, Mt. Juliet city commissioners revisited their latest liquor-by-the-drink lawsuit settlement offer with the district Monday night.

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County kindergarten registration starts Monday
County kindergarten registration starts Monday

Wilson County Schools will accept kindergarten applications from Monday, April 3, through Wednesday, April 5, during normal school hours, according to schools spokesperson Jennifer Johnson.

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WCS ranks second for digital learning
WCS ranks second for digital learning

The Wilson County School district took second place for its "pioneering" use of technology.

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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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It's cool to be kind
It's cool to be kind

If you needed a hug or simply a smile or sweetly written note, Lakeview Elementary was the place to be this week. If you drove past the school, a huge display of the word "Kindness" adorned the fence.

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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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Year in Review: Education in 2016
Year in Review: Education in 2016

The biggest education-related news in Wilson County in 2016 was the massive county building program approved to handle explosive growth throughout the county.

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Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization
Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a "premium support" system.

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MJ, school board still at odds over back-taxes owed
MJ, school board still at odds over back-taxes owed

Mt. Juliet City Commissioners discussed at length Monday night their response to the Wilson County School Board's rejection of their recent counter-offer to settle a lawsuit regarding the city's owed unpaid liquor-by-the drink taxes.

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$10,000 scholarship giveaway returns
$10,000 scholarship giveaway returns

The TNStars College Savings 529 Program recently announced the return of its most popular scholarship giveaway, the TNStars, 10 Kid: $10,000 Scholarship Giveaway. This month, 10 Tennessee kids will win a $1,000 scholarship into a TNStars account, just for entering online.

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Winfree Bryant Middle School PL-HR
Winfree Bryant Middle School PL-HR

Winfree Bryant Middle School PL-HR

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

West Elementary School PL-HR

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Walter J. Baird Middle School PL-HR
Walter J. Baird Middle School PL-HR

Walter J. Baird Middle School PL-HR

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Sam Houston Elementary PL-HR
Sam Houston Elementary PL-HR

Sam Houston Elementary 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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Drive to 55 is about more than college access
Drive to 55 is about more than college access

As the Tennessee Promise has made college attendance a reality for so many more students, we know we have to provide our college campuses with resources they need to teach the skills students need to move into the workforce.

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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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LSSD, LPD to host free safety workshop
LSSD, LPD to host free safety workshop

On Monday, Nov. 14, the Lebanon Special School District (LSSD) and Lebanon Police Department will team up to present a student/parent workshop focused on personal safety.

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Now it's built... will they come?
Now it's built... will they come?
Brenda Ashford works on sweeping the exhibit hall floor as staff at the Wilson County Expo Center make ready for their open house of the new facility Monday. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. with the open house from 5-7 p.m.
DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

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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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Schmitt accepted to Tennessee Wesleyan University
Schmitt accepted to Tennessee Wesleyan University

Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens recently accepted Loren Schmitt of Mt. Juliet for the upcoming academic year. Schmitt is currently a student at Wilson Central High School.

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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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Sandoval receives physician assistant degree
Sandoval receives physician assistant degree

Rachel Sandoval of Lebanon recently received a Master of Medical Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies at the Class of 2016 Graduation of the Physician Assistant Program at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate.

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Three Lebanon grads earn Cracker Barrel scholarships
Three Lebanon grads earn Cracker Barrel scholarships

The Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Foundation recently announced that three Lebanon graduates were each awarded a $2,500 academic college scholarship for the 2016-17 school year as part of its annual Employee Scholarship Program.

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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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FCS Middle host homecoming
FCS Middle host homecoming

Friendship Christian Middle School celebrated their Fall Festival and 8th Grade Celebration Night on Sept. 8. The festival court was presented, and all students of the Class of 2021 were recognized in ceremonies before the 7th and 8th grade football game. Pictured, from left, are Gabriel Heronimus, Taylor Dean, Zachary Elliott, Ellen Williamson, Thomas Yates, Isabella Wittrig, Crown Carrier Jack Lowe, King Caleb Bridges, Queen Kayla Donnell, Joey Shulam, Emma Bastin, Destiny Henderson, John Kane, Tylor Smiley and Haven Ball.

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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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MCA opens new 'old' school building
MCA opens new 'old' school building

McClain Christian Academy opened their doors to students this week.

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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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Where's the beef?
Where's the beef?

Although it's tough to put a dollar figure on the economic impact the National Junior High Rodeo Finals are bringing to Lebanon, some are questioning: "Where is the $10 million in revenue organizers have quoted?"

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Commissioners preparing for property tax hike
Commissioners preparing for property tax hike

County commissions don't always agree, but several members of the Budget Committee appear to be on the same page that it's not if the county will need to raise property taxes, but by how much in the upcoming budget.

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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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A teachable moment
A teachable moment

I experienced firsthand the collective ire of my neighbors when I presented them a petition addressed to the Wilson County Assessor of Property (WCAP) to review and make proper reductions to the 2016 appraised values on our properties. They all received the same notification in the mail early in the week and were understandably upset about the inconceivable increases ranging from 42% to 50%; my case being 44% with the land-only portion 60%. They all signed the petition; many thanking me for taking a stand.

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LHS advances to national finals of world's largest rocket contest
LHS advances to national finals of world's largest rocket contest

The junior rocketry team from Lebanon High School will soon blast off to Virginia to compete in the national finals of the 14th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), where they will face 99 of the top rocketry teams in the country for the title of national champion.

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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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LSSD to host special ed workshop
LSSD to host special ed workshop

The Lebanon Special School District will host STEP (Support and Training for Exceptional Parents), Inc. for training to help parents learn about their child's educational needs and their rights under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) during a workshop on Monday, April 11.

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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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Students encouraged to apply for Chamber scholarships
Students encouraged to apply for Chamber scholarships

The Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce's Business & Education Coalition is currently accepting scholarship applications. Qualifying students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), an essay, two letters of reference and all requested information on or before 4 p.m., April 22.

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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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Education: the hardest profession known to (this) man
Education: the hardest profession known to (this) man

It's a cliché, but education, and teaching in particular, has to be the hardest job in the world.

I know because I was one.

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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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Vouchers are NOT the answer
Vouchers are NOT the answer

I was upset to read the recent column by State Rep. Susan Lynn about school voucher payments being the answer to failing public schools. According to Rep. Lynn, "these schools have been failing for as long as anyone can recall."

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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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A Little Vision Can Go a Long Way

It seems like we spend a lot of time talking about how great it is to have a healthy sales tax revenue to help to keep our property taxes low. While this is true, it's not the only contributor. The 24 businesses lining the route we know as the 840 corridor bring in over $4 million a year in both real and personal property taxes, but this hasn't always been the case.

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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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Stoner Creek principals camp out on roof to fulfill promise

It was a bit chilly high in the sky last Friday for two local principals.

Stoner Creek Elementary Principal Christine Miller and Assistant Principal Jennifer Yokom are usually entrenched within the walls of the school they run, however, Friday they were in an unlikely place.

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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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Tuckers Crossroads Fall Festival set for Friday
Tuckers Crossroads Fall Festival set for Friday

Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School will offer up plenty of fall-inspired family fun on Friday with its annual TXR Fall Festival fund-raiser.

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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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Shop Springs State HS to hold reunion
Shop Springs State HS to hold reunion

Students of Shop Springs State School are invited to attend a reunion for the facility, which closed its doors in 1969.

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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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School Zone and Bus Stop Safety

With school starting back, I wanted to remind all motorists of the importance of obeying all rules of the road in school zones and residential areas. As we all know, student and pedestrian safety in school zones is a paramount concern.

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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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WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick
WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick

Wilson County Commissioners voted last week to increase their own pay from $400 a month to $800 a month by a vote of 16-6 with three commissioners absent.

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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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Six Wilson County schools to get new start and dismissal times in August
Six Wilson County schools to get new start and dismissal times in August

Six schools in the Wilson County Schools System will have new starting and ending times for the 2015-16 school year, which begins Monday, Aug. 3.

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Offer made in liquor tax debt suit
Offer made in liquor tax debt suit

"We've had an offer," Wilson County School Board Attorney Mike Jennings told the panel Monday night regarding the City of Mt. Juliet's debt to Wilson County Schools for alcohol taxes that the city, like many other cities and counties in the state, inadvertently failed to share with local schools.

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Monty Wilson returns to Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director
Monty Wilson returns to Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director

Monty Wilson returns to Wilson County Schools as Deputy Director Monty Wilson will return to the Wilson County Schools system as Deputy Director of Academics effective July 1, announced Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright Monday.

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Evaluation: Dr. Wright's doing right well
Evaluation: Dr. Wright's doing right well

The school year is over, and Wilson County students have received their final grades.

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WC schools 'rethinking learning' with technology
WC schools 'rethinking learning' with technology

Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright said the future is here when it comes to connecting students with technology.

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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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Letter to the Editor
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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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Bond deferral for Expo Center fended off
Bond deferral for Expo Center fended off

The Wilson County commissioners were in a contentious mood Monday night. They hotly debated both the bond issue for the proposed Expo Center and a proposed amendment to the bond ordinance. But in the end, they turned down the amendment by a 16-8 vote and approved issuing the bond, 17-6.

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County schools get 'second opinion' on performance
County schools get 'second opinion' on performance

A second team from AdvancED basically agreed with the first one which assessed Wilson County Schools that the district's accreditation should be renewed. However, at 289.27, the overall score that the second team gave the district is a little higher than the first team's score of 271.71. The new score also is above the 282.79 average for schools accredited by AdvancED.

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Current spending won't hike taxes

City Finance Commissioner Robert Springer says a Lebanon City Council member's quotation of him last week needs some clarification to be more specific about the city's financial condition.

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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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Sales tax revenues booming locally

Sales tax collections in Wilson County are growing, and Lebanon continues to collect more than Mt. Juliet, but the Joint Economic and Community Development Board (JECDB) notes in its new annual report that the revenue growth is good for everyone.

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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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Expo Center gets 'green light'
Expo Center gets 'green light'

Wilson County will be building an 86,000-square-foot Expo Center at the James E. Ward Ag Center soon. Following extensive discussion Monday night, the Wilson County Commission voted 17-7 in favor of the plan to start work on the proposed center, at a cost of up to $10 million that the commission's vote approved borrowing.

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Pet owners crowd into hearing
Pet owners crowd into hearing

No pet tax has been proposed and no vote has been taken on any animal issues, Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead informed a large crowd of pet owners at Monday evening's public hearing to discuss those issues.

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Raises coming for Lebanon city employees

Lebanon next to last in employee pay, trails MJ by $9K-10K average

To keep good employees working for the City of Lebanon, the proposed $25 million city budget for the upcoming fiscal year contains three types of raises - an across-the-board 1.5 percent pay increase; a minimum starting wage of $11 per hour for new full-time employees; and a $200 hike in the year-end annual bonus for all city workers, from $300 to $500.

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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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County schools are 'doing their job well'

Wilson County Schools has received its accreditation renewal, valid for five years, from AdvancED Accreditation.

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

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Board talks growth plans
Board talks growth plans

The Wilson County School Board "went to school" itself at a recent retreat, learning about the county and school district's dramatic growth potential.

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Telling Tales: Tax Season
Telling Tales: Tax Season

It's not like we can't remember the deadline. Just like Christmas is always on Dec. 25, Uncle Sam's birthday presents from Aunt Becky are always due on April 15. Even so, every year, I find myself scrambling through faded receipts making sure to count every deduction.

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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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100 days smarter
100 days smarter

Celebrating being 100 has never been more youthful. At W.A. Wright Elementary in Mt. Juliet last week it was 5 and 6 year olds who celebrated the century mark, that is, 100 days of school completed.

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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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Lebanon leader excited about projected sales tax surplus

City of Lebanon Finance Commissioner Robert Springer reported that sales tax collected in November was up $83,000 from November 2013.

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'Whole Life Market' to nourish not only body, but mind and soul
'Whole Life Market' to nourish not only body, but mind and soul

Two Mt. Juliet schools will soon have a local outreach help make sure some of their students won't feel hunger pains over the weekend.

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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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Council OKs cuts in retirees' insurance

Lebanon City Council voted 5-1 Wednesday morning (Nov. 26) to approve, on second reading, renewing city retirees' insurance with only two changes to their benefits, following an amendment proposed by Ward 3 Councilor Rob Cesternino.

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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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Finance, school officials favor sales tax hike

Wilson County Finance Director Aaron Maynard, Deputy Director of Wilson County Schools Mickey Hall and School Board Member Larry Tomlinson united in support of the Sales Tax Referendum that is on the ballot in the Wilson County General Election.

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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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Schools on lockdown while fugitive sought

Three schools were on lockdown for only minutes Tuesday morning as Lebanon Police captured and arrested a man wanted on a probation violation out of Trousdale County.

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Vote could change pet fees

A former Wilson County Commissioner believes the proposed resolution to dissolve the Domestic Animal Tax passed by voters in a 1980 referendum is wrong and vows to fight it.

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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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Mt. Juliet area schools get twice as much space
Mt. Juliet area schools get twice as much space

Simple arithmetic: Two times three makes for much more effective learning, or so Mt. Juliet educators and Wilson County administrators hope.

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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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