County recognizes 50 new teachers
by JOYANNA WEBER, Banner Staff Writer
Oct 05, 2012 | 1102 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bradley County Schools recognized more than 50 new teachers and introduced them to the Bradley County Board of Eduation Thursday.

Most of the teachers are new to the system, while some have simply started at a different school than previous years.

Bradley County Schools director Johnny McDaniel commented that the school system was welcoming a lot of qualified, younger teachers to the system this year.

“I’m so proud of you,” McDaniel told the teachers. “You all make the difference.”

He reminded the new teachers that they were hired “because your principal thought you were the best person for the job.”

Principals took the opportunity to brag on their teachers with each saying that their’s were the best. There were several former Bradley County Schools students amoung the group.

“Love your children, let you know you care about them , if you build that foundation that’s the begining of a real good career,” said Board Chairman Charlie Rose.

Rose commented that education changed at a more rapid pace now then it did when he was a teacher.

During Thursday’s voting session, the BOE established a new committee to develop a policy outlining criteria for determing which capitial projects to approve each year. The suggestion to establish such a committee and criteria was made at a previous meeting by board member Chris Turner. Turner also requested that he be on the committee.

Turner said guidelines for cost saving measures of updates and what to do with out dated equipment should be outlined in board policy

Board member Troy Weathers said he felt such a committee was unneccessary.

“Our administration is doing that. We can’t have a board member who just joined our board and no administrators to participate in that process,” Weathers said. “As of today we have spend our money very wisely. There are things that can be tweaked, but I don’t think we need to leave our administration and purachasing people out.”

The committee awould be to develop a change in policy, not a committee to review and approve each capitial project. A committee made uo of the director of school, key members of administration and the board chairman already exists for this purpose.

Rose said this committee would be his starting point for developing the new committee. Board member Christy Critchfield also requested to be on the committee, since she is in charge of policy review for the school board.

The board adopted updates to its Support Services policies during Thursday’s meeting.

Also during the meeting:

- The board heard an update on maintenance projects. The projects are focusing on heating and air systems and roofing issues at the schools. Angie Lyon of Kaatz, Binkley, Jones and Morris Architects said the plans were being draw up and should be going out to bid soon. McDaniel said the projects would be completed at Michigan Avenue, Hopewell and Taylor elementary schools and Ocoee Middle Schools.

- An update on the workforce development programs avaiable to students through the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce was presented to the board by Sherry Crye.

- Information about the boards upcoming self-evaluation was also presented.