Shroyer, Dehart, Leslie Are Bradley County Teachers Of The Year; Lillios Says Capital Funds Need To Be Set Aside

Friday, April 11, 2014 - by Tony Eubank
From left are Director of Bradley County Schools Johnny McDaniel, top teachers Debbie Shroyer, Cynthia Leslie and Jason Dehart, and Bradley County Board of Education Chair Vicki Osment-Beaty
From left are Director of Bradley County Schools Johnny McDaniel, top teachers Debbie Shroyer, Cynthia Leslie and Jason Dehart, and Bradley County Board of Education Chair Vicki Osment-Beaty
- photo by Tony Eubank

The Bradley County Board of Education on Thursday recognized its teachers of the year.  Thirty-two  teachers received the award for their contributions at their schools. Three of the educators were distinguished as systemwide teachers of the year. The award is given to educators at three different levels, pre-k to 4th grade, 5th through 8th grade, and 9th through 12th grade. The three systemwide teachers of the year are Debbie Shroyer, Jason Dehart and Cynthia Leslie.

Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel also announced that Bradley High School Culinary Arts Instructor Chef Richmond Flowers was awarded the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation’s Pro-Start State Educator of the Year. Chef Flowers will travel to Chicago to be presented the award at the foundation’s national convention.

In his Director’s report, Mr. McDaniel announced that the Bradley County school system has been awarded a Youth Career Connect Grant. The federal grant is designed to help school systems address workforce needs by partnering with local industry to provide students with real work experience and career development via paid and unpaid internships. It also bolsters classroom activity that will prepare students for employment in high-growth industries.

The Board voted unanimously to approve the director’s tenure recommendations, student handbook policy changes, and the textbook selection committee’s recommendations for textbook purchases. Board member Rodney Dillard was absent and Board member Chris Turner abstained from voting on the textbook motion, as his wife was on the textbook committee.

Director McDaniel presented to the board a cursory outline of the General Purpose School Fund Budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The skeletal framework lists the director's prime objectives for the upcoming budget planning, as well as some of the funding priorities. Director McDaniel’s goals for the new budget are to maximize the use of available resources, while providing the school system’s students with the best possible educational opportunities, and to present a balanced budget. Among the priority funding needs listed were the salaries of the faculty and staff, instructional and technology support, systemwide operational costs, and transportation.

During discussion on the budget for the upcoming school calendar, board member Nicholas Lillios proposed setting aside $2 million out of next year's budget to start a savings fund for the school system's capital projects. Mr. Lillios further suggested that an additional $3 million be set aside in the next two  years in order to help pay for the Lake Forest Middle School construction. He said there is not any new money coming in, and that money had to be borrowed from the city of Cleveland to help pay for some current projects, “It’s time that we become self-sufficient,” said Mr. Lillios.

Board member Turner commended Mr. Lillios for taking a difficult stance, and added that he felt that issues with the Common Core curriculum are driving students from the school system. He cited as an example the fact that local private school Tennessee Christian Preparatory School has a waiting list for the upcoming school year. Director McDaniel acknowledged that some decisions need to be made soon, but stated that he is not so sure that deep of a budget cut is feasible at this time.



Investigation May Require Wacker Chemical To Close For Several Months

After the incident at Wacker’s U.S. production site in Charleston, root-cause investigation work is now underway.  Global President Wacker Polysilicon Tobias Brandis said the plant may be closed for several months for the investigation. The explosion on Sept. 7 was caused by a technical defect prompting a leak of hydrogen which subsequently caught fire, thereby severely ... (click for more)

Grand Jury No Bills And True Bills

Here are the No Bills and True Bills from the Hamilton County Grand Jury for Aug. 20. No Bills: RABASCA, JESSICA RACHEL DEAN W 23 F 0 1 GS 1657039 POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA RABASCA, JESSICA RACHEL DEAN W 23 F 0 2 GS 1657040 POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE RABASCA, JESSICA RACHEL DEAN W 23 F 0 3 GS 1657041 POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE   True ... (click for more)

Send All Ed Johnson Donations To The Greater Chattanooga Community Foundation

To all concerned, I believe there was mistake printed in a recent article stating to send donations to me at the school. I would ask that all donations be sent to the Greater Chattanooga Community Foundation to the attention of the Ed Johnson Memorial. This project is in no way affiliated with HCDE schools. All funds are housed there and are tax deductible. Mr. Savage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where’s God In This?

Over half of Florida is still trying to catch its breath and now there is another murderer, one named Maria, mauling Puerto Rico this morning on her way to the United States. On August 25 Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. It killed an estimated 50 people, displaced more than a million people and damaged some 200,000 homes in a path of more than 300 miles. The bills haven’t been sent out ... (click for more)

Impressive Signal Mountain Whips Red Bank, 3-0

The Signal Mountain Lady Eagles have one of the better volleyball teams in town this fall and it’s no surprise that they are unbeaten in district play. They proved just how good they are Tuesday evening in Red Bank’s Susan Ingram Thurman Gymnasium as they needed about 50 minutes to beat the Lionettes for the second time this season. Set scores were 25-6, 25-7 and 25-15. ... (click for more)

PREVIEW: Georgia Bulldogs Face Mississippi State In Athens Saturday Evening

One of the best matchups of the weekend might be No. 11 Georgia and No. 17 Mississippi State on Saturday evening in Athens, GA, as they both look to hand the opponent their first loss of the season. For the second week in a row, Georgia's Bulldogs play another Bulldogs team. Both teams are 3-0. Both have had a strong win over a ranked opponent — at least at the time they played. ... (click for more)