The biggest education-related news in Wilson County in 2016 was the massive county building program approved to handle explosive growth throughout the county.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
While Lakeview Elementary's some 650 students take a breather from the classroom on their two-week fall break, some local Mt. Juliet employees descended on their playgrounds and outdoor space to do a little sprucing.
Jr. Beta Club officers from Southside Elementary recently presented a service project at the Beta Leadership Summit in Sevierville and qualified for the national convention. Their service project is called the New Student Welcome Committee and will see Jr. Beta members personally greet and deliver welcome kits to new students each Friday. At the end of every nine weeks, the club will host a New Southside Family Night for parents to meet with counselors and/or administrators while new students participate in team-building activities with Jr. Beta members, according to SEEK Instructor Angie Pulley. Pictured, from left: Brooke Turner, Cassie Bowman, Joplin Miller, Kyle Pulley and Alivia Hartz. SUBMITTED
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.
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.
On Thursday and Friday, students, parents and administrators from three Wilson county schools will gather before class to participate in the annual "Walk to School Day."
Results of the investigation by the District Attorney General into an ethics complaint filed against the Wilson County Board of Education alleging mishandling of government property and the renovation of the former Lebanon High School has been released and deemed, as a whole, to "appear to be legally sound" and "no illegal acts occurred."
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.
McClain Christian Academy opened their doors to students this week.
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.
The expansion and renovation of Tuckers Crossroads and Gladeville schools got the green light from the Wilson County School Board at a special-called meeting Sunday afternoon - while similar projects at Watertown and Southside schools were put on hold.
The 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.
The cold didn't dampen the spirits of Mt. Juliet Elzie Patton Elementary School students who participated in Walk to School Day Thursday morning. About 80 students celebrated the national event that promotes walking - instead of riding to school.
The Wilson County Budget Committee Thursday night deferred a motion by the Education Committee that asked them to consider a property tax increase to cover a major shortfall in their original $54.8 million schools building and expansion plan.
Faced with bids totaling $28 million more than originally budgeted, the Wilson County School Board voted unanimously Monday night to send a trimmed-back set of bids to the county commission for construction, expansion and renovation at four elementary and K-8 schools.
Wilson County Schools joined the rest of the state this afternoon in canceling the second part of the TNReady Assessment for grades 3-8 after the vendor failed yet again to provide paper testing materials by deadline.
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.
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.
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.
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."
The Tennessee Education Association sent Rick Colbert, the TEA general counsel, to Wilson County to speak about the problems with TNReady testing this week.
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?
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.
Almost 60,000 students statewide applied for TN promise in the program's second year. TN Promise provides applicants with a scholarship to attend one of the state's community or technical colleges tuition-free. In Wilson County, 1,486 students applied for the opportunity.
Ten of the 14 eligible Wilson County Schools received all "A's" in achievement for 2014-15, according to the Tennessee Department of Education Report Card.
Claims that the public schools in Tennessee are indoctrinating children by teaching too much of any religion are a logical fallacy at best. Webster defines indoctrination as, "to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs."
Parents of Lebanon High School students were alerted this morning that concerns of a possible on-campus shooting were nothing more than "rumors" after investigation by school officials and the Wilson County Sheriff's Office.
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.
State-mandated testing has started in Wilson County Schools. Jennifer Cothron, supervisor of testing and accountability, told the county school board Monday night about TNReady, the testing program that has become part of TCAP in the state.
The debate over where to put Wilson County's next high school continues, with Zone 1 School Board Member Wayne McNeese vehemently opposed to the possibility of building on land available along West Division Street in Mt. Juliet.
The Wilson County School Board meeting Monday night started out calmly with the Watertown Middle School Choir singing about their future and leading the Pledge, but it didn't stay calm.
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.
Tuckers Crossroads Elementary School will offer up plenty of fall-inspired family fun on Friday with its annual TXR Fall Festival fund-raiser.
Students of Shop Springs State School are invited to attend a reunion for the facility, which closed its doors in 1969.
The county's school expansion process to deal with the population boom is under way.
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.
Monday, August 3rd is "Back-to-School" for students in the Wilson County School System.
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.
"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.
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.
The school year is over, and Wilson County students have received their final grades.
Wilson County Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright said the future is here when it comes to connecting students with technology.
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.
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.
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."
Wilson County Schools has received its accreditation renewal, valid for five years, from AdvancED Accreditation.
The Wilson County School Board "went to school" itself at a recent retreat, learning about the county and school district's dramatic growth potential.
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.
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.
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.
Wilson Central's wrestling, softball and tennis teams will start raising funds to build two new sports buildings on the school's campus soon.
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.
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.
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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