Grainger Today Correspondent
RUTLEDGE – Grainger County Board of Education approved a revision to the system’s alcohol policy to reduce the number of days a student is assigned to alternative school for “unknowingly” violating the policy.
In a unanimous roll call vote, the board approved a 20-day assignment to alternative school for the unknowing use of alcohol during school events or on board school vehicles. The penalty for knowingly using alcohol remains 45 days.
In other action, the board:
- Heard concerns from a parent about the school system’s disciplinary policy;
- awarded a service contract to [Text Wrapping Break]J&F Mechanical LLC, the only bidder, for all HVAC units in the system;
- awarded a contract to United Services Inc., the original installer, for HVAC service at the new Washburn School gym;
- approved the local education association’s annual compliance report;
- approved an in-school softball home-and-home series with an opponent to be named. The home game will be Wednesday, March 21;
- voted to recognize Clayton Homes, Norris Industries and Dalton Hydraulics for their participation in the summer intern program;
- approved giving all employees $50 a month to cover additional insurance costs;
- approved a 50-cents per hour raise for cafeteria workers to cover additional insurance premiums; and
- scheduled a workshop for Tuesday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. to preview new board policies.
The board will not meet in November to allow members to attend the Tennessee School Board Association convention in Nashville. The next meeting will be Dec. 5 at 4:30 p.m.