Cleveland Board Of Education Approves 2013-2014 School Calendar

Tuesday, December 04, 2012 - by Meg Veal

The Cleveland City Schools Board of Education unanimously approved its 2013-2014 school calendar, which includes a full week of fall break and the week of spring break that match with the county's schedule. Teachers were given the calendars on which to vote and a resounding 70 percent voted in favor of the approved calendar. 

Board member Steve Morgan said, "Calendars are an interesting thing. People will ask for one option, then be mad it's approved." But he said, "If 70 percent vote for one, I make a motion we approve it." 

Michelle Castleberry from the Cleveland Education Association (CEA) asked the board to draft a resolution against school vouchers, parent triggers (magnet schools), pay based on test scores, merit pay and any effort to weaken retirement - all of which are being proposed by Governor Haslam and Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman. 

Director of Schools Dr. Martin Ringstaff said, "I have been very outspoken against all of these issues. These are just ridiculous topics." He said, "Our teachers are working their tails off - and I thank you (CEA) for protecting them." Ms. Castleberry said the CEA is against school vouchers because they "rob public schools of critical funding."

The board recently purchased a new school bus for $49,950. Board member Dr. Murl Dirksen said, "Every time I see a City bus I'm so proud." Director of Maintenance Hal Taylor said, "There are a lot of miles left on this bus. We were good stewards with taxpayer money."  

Finally, the board discussed purchasing a piece of land for a new elementary school. The consensus is the property needs to be in the middle of the growth. They are still interested in the Hardwick Farms property and still leaving it on the table, but are discussing a piece of property near Cleveland Middle School that comes site ready without deed and other restrictions and at a lower cost. They did not vote, but board member Dawn Robinson said they need to be prepared with a decision if the City Council offers them the finances in January. 


Family Makes Treasure Trove Of Early Chattanooga Photographs Available For Book; Stokes Collection Has Been Passed Down To Descendants

A treasure trove of Chattanooga photographs that have been passed down in the Stokes family for generations has now been assembled in an upcoming book. Chattanooga Around The Turn Of The Century: The Remarkable Stokes Collection will be published by Chattanoogan.com. Pre-orders are now being taken for the book, which includes over 700 photos on large-size pages. Publisher ... (click for more)

Audio Of City Council Meeting 10/1/14

How To Reform The City Industrial Development Board - And Response (3)

My aims is to bring to the public’s attention the need for procedural changes that, if implemented, would significantly improve the information available the public, to the City Council and to the City Industrial Development Board about the verifiable benefits and costs of tax incentive financing structures and to make the entire process transparent. The public, the City ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My October Garden

Hark! It is the first day of October and, as I make my monthly stroll through the garden, I find a growing numbers of leaves and acorns. Autumn leaves are beautiful while acorns are nuts, thus you will get the idea as we make our monthly awards: A PRETTY LEAF to Phil Hughes after the Minnesota Twins pitcher came within one inning of earning a $500,000 bonus this season. The deal ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Earns Senior-Night Soccer Victory

Honoring the team’s nine seniors was a focus of Tuesday night’s girls’ soccer match at Notre Dame, but it wasn’t the top priority for the Lady Irish. They knew that a win over visiting Signal Mountain would secure a first-place finish in District 7-AA, and their mission was to earn it. Notre Dame did just that, making Emma Higgins’ early goal stand for a ... (click for more)

Baylor and GPS Battle to 0-0 Tie

The Few. The Proud. The Baylor Girls Soccer Team. Playing with only one sub, an all-state basketball player turned goalkeeper and a disciplined defense, the Baylor girls soccer team battled host GPS to a scoreless tie Tuesday in a TSSAA D-II East/Middle Region match. GPS was the heavy favorite coming into the match with eight wins (now 8-1-2, 3-0-1), while Baylor (now ... (click for more)