Wayne Co. School Board Meets in First Session of New School Year

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   The Wayne County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, August 12th, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. Board members in attendance were Greg Eaton, Sherman Martin, Debbie Brown, Charity Horton, and Camryn Eaton. Superintendent Marlon Davis was present as well. Board members Andy Yarbrough and Dwight Bumphus were absent.

   Vice Chairperson Charity Horton called the meeting to order, and invited all those in attendance to participate in a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.

    The first items on the agenda included adoption of the consent items, minutes of the June meeting, and the June ledger of accounts. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Debbie Brown, and was passed unanimously.

   The first item under new business was Policy Review: Section 1 – Board Operations – 1.100-1.407. Superintendent Davis had no recommended changes to the policy.

   Surplus items were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented a list of computer and electronic items from WES and FHS to be declared as surplus. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve, and Greg Eaton seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

   Superintendent Davis next gave a School Resource Officer (SRO) update, stating that there were already two SROs working in the schools, and two more will soon complete their training. There will be one SRO in each community along with one more that will rotate.

   Next, Superintendent Davis gave an update on enrollment numbers for each school.

   Athletic practice was next under new business. Superintendent Davis stated that TSSAA requires annual board approval for athletic teams to practice during the school day. Camryn Eaton made a motion to allow practicing during the school day, and Debbie Brown seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

   Superintendent Davis next presented the “Opening Schools” plan for approval, stating that approval of the plan is a requirement of ESSER 3.0. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the plan as presented. Debbie Brown seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.

   Bids were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented bids for various projects including new roofs for some of the schools. The superintendent stated that the bids were not yet ready for approval because they must first be vetted.

   Superintendent Davis then summarized the various construction projects that are currently underway at different schools.

   Finally, Superintendent Davis gave a brief summary of active COVID cases among students and staff.

   With no further business to come before the board, Sherman Martin made a motion to adjourn. Debbie Brown seconded, and the meeting was adjourned.