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School Board to change policies on corporal punishment

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By BEN DUDLEYThe Wilson Post

Wilson County Board of Education tweaked its policies regarding several issues from the separation of church and state to dual enrollment and college credit to corporal punishment during its regular meeting Monday night.

Board policies 1.806 and 4.803 dealt with the lawsuits that the county schools faced recently concerning the separation of church and state. The policies made these issues more neutral and were approved Monday night after their second reading.

Two other policies were approved on first reading. Policy 4.205 dealt with college credit and dual enrollment courses while Policy 6.314 dealt with corporal punishment.

“We have received a complaint from the OCR (Office of Civil Rights) along with 67 other school districts in the state regarding some inconsistencies with corporal punishment between boys and girls,” said Mike Davis, director of Wilson County Schools. “We have changed our policy on corporal punishment so that all students would receive equal treatment.”

There were several presentations at the meeting including the recognition of Jennifer Davis-Kelley, science teacher at Rutland Elementary School, who was named Elementary Science Teacher of the Year for Tennessee. Also honored were the members of the support staff who recently retired.

The board was given the UTrust Award along with two other school districts for this school year. The award honors districts that do a good job of recognizing their employees.

A Memorandum of Understanding was approved to be sent for the State’s Race to the Top, an approximately $4.5 billion fund to be shared among 10 states and the school districts that present the best need.

The M.O.U. needs to be approved by the Tennessee Board of Education by Dec. 18, and submitted to the U.S. Board of Education by Jan. 19, 2010 for consideration. The award will be presented sometime in April and if Wilson County is approved, school system officials will have 90 days to submit to the State school board how they plan to use the money awarded to the system.

Other items on the agenda included the approval of a contract to be sent to the Wilson County Water/Wastewater Authority for Lakeview Elementary and the deferral contract dealing with Carroll-Oakland Elementary. Davis said that a presentation will be made during the next meeting to help decide whether to connect Carroll-Oakland with WCWWA or to connect them with Lebanon Wastewater Authority.

The contract with Volunteer State Community College was renewed to allow students at Wilson Central High School to take classes for college credit as well as dual-enrollment classes through the institution. A donation of two refurbished scoreboards for Watertown High School was also approved.

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