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School board nods tenure for 36 teachers

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Wilson County Board of Education welcomed new member Linda Armistead, who represents Zone 4, to the panel at the regular meeting Tuesday night.

Zone 5 board member Larry Tomlinson was selected by his peers for the position of board chairman, previously held by Zone 3 member Don Weathers.

Wilson County Schools Transportation Director Joshua Hinerman appeared at the meeting to recognize the outstanding work that employees in his department do daily. These employees received Awards of Honor on behalf of the National Safety Council.

During the meeting, the board approved 36 teachers for tenure. Tomlinson asked Director of Schools Dr. Donna Wright why only 36 were named. “I know there is less than 50 teachers on here and we have 1,200 in this system. Do we have a lot of young teachers that haven’t gotten to the point of having tenure?”

Wright deferred his question to Human Resources Supervisor Mary Ann Sparks, who said that WCS does have a “young teaching population.”

She also added that tenure rules have changed since she started with the school system eight years ago. “The tenure law changed in 2011. It now takes five years (to be considered for tenure). They look at test scores,” Sparks said. “It is not a swift game.”

Student board member Dalton Teel of Lebanon High School finished the meeting by sharing facts about LHS. Teel told the board that he was one of 80 students selected nationwide to be a part of the FFA Chorus. Wright said that of two students selected from Tennessee, it was great to have Teel be one of them.

Teel also shared that LHS students are implementing a social media team to be in charge of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts to help relay news schoolwide. Finally he made comments about how the new seven-period schedule has impacted the school.

“Teachers are working harder than ever before. Seven periods is a lot of homework and assignments – especially for students who are involved in extracurricular activities,” Teel explained. He asked the board to consider an allotted study time during the school day for students. “Students need this.”

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