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November 19, 2017

School board revises alcohol policy 

Barbara Womack
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. 

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7 Responses “School board revises alcohol policy ”

  1. sue west
    October 27, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    How do you “unknowningly” use alcohol???

    • Autum Greer
      October 28, 2017 at 12:23 am

      I believe they are using the term “unknowingly” as in “they didn’t know you’re not suppose to use” which is bull. They just didn’t want to lose the cheerleaders or their parents money.

  2. Autumn Medeiros
    October 28, 2017 at 10:28 am

    What! If you are in High school you know what “alcohol” is! Just a loop hole to get out of trouble. I’m calling BS!

  3. Gracie Gray
    October 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    So they are going to reduce their sentence of alternative school because they “unkowning” drank alcohol but they probably do it every weekend🙄 and the little girl in elementary school that brought sweet and sour mix got the full time of alternative school. It’s all about who you know or who you blow.😛

  4. Micheal
    October 28, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Ok this is bull. When I was in school it was full punishment wtf. I don’t care if your rich or poor you get what you deserve so those kids trying to get out of trouble should grow up and take the punishment idc if they got rich moms or dads

  5. Kodie Shelton
    October 28, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    You can’t UNKOWINGLY drink alcohol. Y’all are to worried about y’alls money and loosing cheerleaders! They are old enough to know better ! Grainger High is irresponsible and childish ! Punish your students and stop worrying about your darn money ! That school is becoming ridiculous!

  6. Darlene Hayes
    October 29, 2017 at 12:07 am

    need worry about drug when parent bring their kid in school who ever is bully little kid in school . this kid should not be bully in school special in kindergarten little girl hit girl in mouth cut her jackets cut who job is teacher job dont report principles i think cell phone should not be used in school class start watch kid who get pay. Stop the Bully

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