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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Letter to the Editor
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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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