Bradley Co. teachers of the year honored

Posted 4/12/19

The Bradley County Board of Education honored the Bradley County school district’s Teachers of the Year before its monthly meeting, held Thursday. 

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Bradley Co. teachers of the year honored


The Bradley County Board of Education honored the Bradley County school district’s Teachers of the Year before its monthly meeting, held Thursday. 

Board members hosted a reception for all the building and district-level Teachers of the Year, before district administrators presented them with certificates. 

“It is amazing what you do every day. … We want you to know how proud we are of all of you, and what you mean to us,” said Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash. 

Each of the six board members present offered their own words of congratulation and praise and also emphasized the importance of what teachers do. 

Cash also gave the board an update on the purchase of property adjacent to Hopewell Elementary School. Land is being purchased to help the school address traffic issues which lead to cars sitting on nearby roads during afternoon pickup times. 

“We should close before June,” Cash said, noting detailed plans on the project will be given to the board at a later date. 

Scott Webb, instructional technology coordinator for Bradley County Schools, also gave the board a brief technology update. 

Webb said he and his staff have been working hard to prepare schools for state testing beginning next week. This has included making sure there are enough computers ready to be used for online testing. 

“We don’t know how things will go with the state, but locally we’re ready to go,” said Webb. 

He also spoke of how staff will be working over the summer to create a wide area network to help schools have better internet connectivity and more bandwidth. This project is also expected to save the district money. 

During the meeting, the board also voted to approve new textbooks to be adopted during the 2019-20 school year. 

Elementary grades will be receiving new social studies textbooks. Grades K-2 will receive Studies Weekly curriculum, while grades 3-5 will receive curriculum by Gallopade. 

Supervisor of Elementary Education Sheena Newman said schools are adopting new social studies books this year because of new state standards taking effect this fall. 

“We have not adopted social studies for 12 years,” Newman said of the elementary textbooks. 

Supervisor of Secondary Education Danny Coggin explained the selections, which included Gallopade textbooks for middle school social studies, McGraw-Hill for all high school social studies books except for economics, Pearson books for economics and EMC books for French and German. 

He added that high school Spanish teachers will not be getting new textbooks, because they are trying the Martina Bex teaching method, which places more emphasis on conversation. Existing textbooks will be used as reference materials. 

The board also approved new textbooks for the Business Management & Administration, Marketing, and Finance career and technical education. CTE Director Arlette Robinson said the district chose to “blanket adopt” books recommended on the state level.

Other board actions included: 

• Approval of one of 14 bids received to conduct rwater quality testing for the district — $8,990 from TruePani, Inc. 

• Approval of a site survey bid for the Partnerships in Industry & Education Center (PIE Center) property — $10,000 from Richmond Surveying Company. 

The board meets again Thursday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss and perhaps pass the district’s budget for the 2019-20 year. The meeting will be at Bradley County Schools’ administrative offices at 800 South Lee Highway. 


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