The Bradley County Board of Education approved the change at a meeting Tuesday.
Chairman Troy Weathers said the board has also added a progress report into the school calendar. The progress reports will be released to parents every 4 1/2 weeks. The progress reports will be a combination of numerical information and comments from the teachers. Weathers said a form would be developed that would provide continuity for the reports throughout the school system.
The board also heard an update on the Bradley Central High School Fine Arts Building. The building is almost completed, and had been used for the first time for an awards ceremony Tuesday night, Weathers said Wednesday.
“It was absolutely beautiful,” Weathers said of the building after attending the event.
The building can be used on a limited basis. However, all furnishings have not yet been moved into the structure. Weathers emphasized that the school board did not ask the county for additional funds for the Fine Arts building. He also said the project was completed under budget.
In other business, the 2011-12 budget was also approved by the school board Tuesday. Director of Schools Johnny McDaniel said the budget includes $1.5 million for capital improvements.
“We allocated money for every school,” he said.
Major projects include roof repairs to North Lee and Michigan Avenue Elementary schools. The roof damage at Michigan Avenue is not related to the tornado damage to the gym.
Budget hearings for the school system are scheduled for May 23 at 7 p.m. Weathers said a balanced budget will be submitted.
Recommendations for teacher tenure were also approved. The board also postponed agreement updates between the system and the Bradley County Education Association.