Bradley Board Of Education Motion To Oppose Licensure Changes Greeted With Applause

Friday, October 18, 2013 - by Tony Eubank
From left are board members Rodney Dillard and Christy Critchfield and School Director Johnny McDaniel
From left are board members Rodney Dillard and Christy Critchfield and School Director Johnny McDaniel
- photo by Tony Eubank

Bradley Board of Education member Charlie Rose presented to the board a resolution to oppose TCAAS (Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System) as the measure by which teachers are granted or denied their teaching license. The resolution also states, “There is a lack of research indicating the Common Core standards are age-appropriate.”

The resolution passed in a unanimous roll call vote. The vote received a standing ovation from the teachers and administrators in the attendance. Board chair Vicki Osment Beaty, thanked Mr. Rose and all who worked to put the resolution together.

The board also discussed whether or not to hire an architect to determine the actual costs of the Lake Forest Middle School code upgrades. These upgrades include work on the school’s auditorium and main entryway.

Board member Christy Critchfield said that in order to use the $287,000 Law and Ordinance fund by the time it expires, it would need to be used on one of the Blue Springs feeder schools. This motion was approved by the board unanimously.

Board member Chris Turner requested a move to allow the executive committee of the board to have final say as to whether or not to move forward with formal designs after the initial estimates have been made. Board member Troy Weathers commented, “I don’t think that we should give the executive committee authority to spend $30,000 when we haven’t heard all the details yet.” This measure passed by a vote of 5-2 .

Director Johnny McDaniel presented his good news report. Among the items mentioned in the report were: Charleston Elementary purchased NeuroNet, an enrichment program for K-2 students, via the Focus Grant. Also, Black Fox Elementary is preparing for its Tennessee History Live project. This project is funded by the Allied Arts council and will be presented April of 2014. Lake Forest Middle students visited Cleveland State Community College to learn more about college admissions; this was paid for by the Tennessee GEAR-UP Grant.

Supervisor of Secondary Education, Dan Glasscock presented a report on the school system’s ACT strategy. He outlined a three-step plan that begins in eighth grade. The report states, “…we realize that to effect graduation and college and career readiness there must be interventions and adjustments in every year of secondary education."

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