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The Cumberland County Board of Education will be holding interviews for the 6 local candidates for Superintendent on Saturday January 30th. The 6 candidates are, in the order in which they will be interviewed, Michelle England, Janet Graham, Chris King, Scott Maddox, Dan Schlafer, and Darrel Threet. Each candidate will be allotted 45 minutes to make his or her opening statements, answer questions by the Board, and if time allows, make a closing statement. The board has decided that each member but two will ask each candidate two questions apiece. A special-called meeting will take place directly after the interviews at which the board will discuss and vote on candidates. If no decision is reached, they will move on to interviewing the 22 non-local candidates. The interviewing process and meeting called thereafter are open to the public.
The Cumberland County School system is currently working on the calendar for the next school year. Voting is now open on which approach the school system will take concerning the format of the calendar. There are 3 options to choose from. Option 1 is similar to this year’s calendar, Option 2 would be a transition to a year-round schedule, and Option 3 is nearly identical to this year’s calendar. At Thursday night's Board of Education meeting, Ms. Christie Thompson presented this information, adding that of the nearly 700 people who had voted as of then, it seems like Option 2 was being favored. The Calendar Committee asks the community to please visit Cumberland County Schools’ website and vote on which calendar option you feel would be most beneficial to our students.
Last week a proposal to provide state vouchers for parents to send their children to private schools in TN cleared a the House Finance Subcommittee. At Thursday night’s board of education meeting, PTOA Representative Rolf Weeks and 1st District Boardmember Jeff Freitag expressed concern about the passing of the voucher proposal. Both relayed that the passing of that proposal would be detrimental, and asked citizens to be sure to contact their representatives in order to express their disagreement with it as well.
At Thursday night’s Cumberland County Board of Education Meeting, the Charitable Fund allocated donations to each elementary school in an amount totaling $4500. The funds were given to a specific extracurricular activity at the elementary schools, at $500 per school. The programs at each school receiving the monies are as follows: Pine View Archery Club, Martin Elementary Junior Beta Club, Brown Elementary FCCLA, Crab orchard Archery Club, Homestead Junior League Cross Country, the Stone Elementary Visual Arts class, South Elementary Band, North Elementary NCEE Choir, and Pleasant Hill’s funds were split with $235 going to the Year Book and $265 to the Archery Club.
Registration for Crossville Youth Baseball/Softball leagues for ages 5-12 is going on now through Feb. 5, 2016. Registration forms are available at Crossville’s Parks and Recreation. Player evaluations will be held Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at SMHS. Opening Day is March 26 at Centennial Park. For more information call 931-456-6632.