Teachers of the Year recognized at February School Board meeting

Selected as Teachers of the Year are (from left) Lynn Holt – East Side, Rachel Dreyer – Haywood Middle School, Elizabeth Lovelace – Haywood Elementary, Winston Varnado – Sunny Hill Innovative Learning Center, Zandra Jones – Haywood High, and Sylvia Harwell – Anderson. Not pictured is Vickie Noles, Haywood High School Career and Technical Division.

The Haywood County School Board met on Tuesday, February 8, and among other business, announced the Teachers of the Year for each school. They also approved policy changes, and approved several out-of-state travel requests, an agreement with United Way and a “Letter to Proceed” for Trane.

Superintendent Teresa Russell presented to school board members the Teachers of the Year from each school. Selected from Anderson, Sylvia Harwell; Elizabeth Lovelace from Haywood Elementary; from East Side, Lynn Holt; from Haywood Middle School, Rachel Dreyer; Haywood High School, Zandra Jones; from the Career and Technical Division, Vickie Noles; and from the Sunny Hill Innovative Learning Center, Winston Varnado. Also selected as system level Teachers of the Year were Elizabeth Lovelace, Rachel Dreyer, and Zandra Jones.

In other business, board members adopted on second reading four policies: 4.605 – Graduation Requirements, 4.700 – Testing Programs, 5.305 – Family and Medical Leave, and 6.414 – Prevention and Treatment of Sudden Cardiac Arrest.

They also approved two requests for out-of-state travel. The HHS girls and boys track teams will travel to Hopkinsville, Kentucky, for an Invitational meet on April 9. HHS FCCLA members will travel to Lookout Mountain, Georgia, during the chapter time of the FCCLA State Leadership Conference in Chattanooga on March 28.

The Statement of Agreement/Investment Application with United Way was presented for approval. Ms. Peggy Jackson, Family Resource Center Coordinator, has asked the board for approved of this Statement of Agreement between Anderson Early Childhood Center and Family Resource Center and United Way of Tennessee. She also asked for approved to submit the Community Impact Application to United Way of West Tennessee. Money received from this funding will be used to purchase new books for the Reading is Fundamental “Book Jam” program for Anderson, Haywood Elementary, and East Side. This request was approved.

The board members approved several budget Amendments presented by CFO Larry Livingston and received a report on the Catherine Truss Colhoun Trust. The balance is $180,622.

Board members agreed to approve a “Letter to Proceed” regarding Tennessee Trane’s Energy Efficiency and Facility Infrastructure Upgrade Project. Trane’s Comprehensive Solutions Program will identify potential facility and operational improvements to reduce related costs in Haywood County Schools. Trane will conduct a preliminary analysis to identify these opportunities and provide a report on the findings.

Superintendent Russell asked board members to agree on a date for the board retreat, and they selected Friday, April 1.

The next regularly scheduled Board meeting will be on March 8 at 6 p.m.