Dillard, Lee are elected board officers

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG  Staff Writer
Posted 9/13/17

The Bradley County Board of Education elected its newest panel of officers during its monthly meeting held Tuesday night.

The 5th District’s Rodney Dillard, who has for the past year …

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Dillard, Lee are elected board officers

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The Bradley County Board of Education elected its newest panel of officers during its monthly meeting held Tuesday night.

The 5th District’s Rodney Dillard, who has for the past year served as the board’s chairman, was re-elected by his fellow board members.

Amanda Lee, representing the 6th District, has been elected vice chairman. She takes over for Jerry Frazier of the 7th District.

The 2nd District’s Vicki Beaty was elected chairman pro tem, which had been Lee’s previous post. Ted Bryson, board member for the 3rd District, was re-elected to his Tennessee Legislative Network representative post.

“I think we’ve had a really good year last year and hope we will continue,” said Dillard.

The board also announced it has been named a Board of Distinction by the Tennessee School Boards Association for the third consecutive two-year period. This honor will be presented during a district TSBA meeting Thursday in Polk County.

“This does take extra work on the part of the school board, so I applaud the board for this,” Beaty said.

Turning to news about the district and its students, Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash shared an “exciting” announcement.

Bradley County Schools has earned a composite score of 5 on a 1-to-5 scale as its latest Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System evaluation. The Tennessee Department of Education assigns these numbers to districts and schools each year, as a measure of students’ academic growth.

In addition, three schools — North Lee Elementary, Waterville Elementary and Walker Valley High — received 5’s in all TVAAS subject areas. Three additional schools had composite scores of 5, while four other schools had earned composite scores of 4.

“There’s a lot of hard work and dedication that goes into what we do on a regular basis,” Cash said. “It’s exciting to see this recognized.” 

The board also voted to approve an agreement which would allow the county’s alternative school, GOAL Academy, to temporarily move its classes to Westmore Church of God.

GOAL Academy will eventually be moved into the new Partnerships in Industry and Education Innovation Center, or PIE Center, in the works on Parker Street near Ocoee Middle School. In anticipation of this, the current GOAL Academy building is being put up for sale.

Cash said the church will serve as the school’s temporary home, if the current building sells before the new one is done.

The board also voted to hire architectural firm Michael Brady Inc., to design the GOAL Academy portion of the PIE Center. MBI’s Angie Lyon said she will work closely with the PIE Center’s main architect, David Hudson, to ensure a seamless design.

Board members also received a brief update on progress of the new academic building under construction at Lake Forest Middle School.

Cason Conn of Tri-Con, Inc., said everything is on schedule, despite workers having to deal with challenges like rain delays. Workers hope to be “under roof” by mid-November, so interior work can take place over the winter, he said.

Douglas Caywood of Lewis Group Architects also said Cash and other school officials have chosen the paint colors and other finishes for the building’s interiors, and he is “pleased” with their selections.

The board also heard details of and approved a new type of high school diploma which will be optional for the graduating Class of 2018. More details on this will be in a future edition of the Cleveland Daily Banner.

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