Fourteen teachers were approved for tenure at Tuesday’s BOE meeting. Many of the teachers and their family members were in attendance at the meeting.

By Charlotte Underwood 

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Reviewing roof replacement bids and teachers up for tenure topped the agenda at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting. 

Board members discussed the roofing bids for Caryville Elementary School and LaFollette Elementary School at Tuesday’s meeting. 

Five bidders were solicited, but only three companies bid on the projects.

For Caryville Elementary School, the bid was awarded to Dixie Roofing who submitted the low bid for the work at $803,800.

Dixie Roofing also had the low bid for LaFollette Elementary School at $932,240. According to school officials, LaFollette Elementary will be the first roof replaced as it is in the worst shape. 

The Campbell County School Board met Monday evening, discussing roof bids and other business.

Also discussed and approved was the advertisement of bids for the School Nutrition Program. These included hood systems/fire extinguishers, pest control, ice cream and commodity processing.

Fifteen teachers throughout the district were up for tenure, according to school officials, who approved the 2024-2025 tenure list at Tuesday’s meeting. Many of the teachers and their family members attended the meeting.

Teachers on the tenure lists included Ernie Clawson and Brandon Clawson at Campbell County High School.  Jacksboro Elementary School teachers were Candace Anderson, Rhonda Cross and Gillian Johnson. The Jellico Elementary School teacher on the tenure list was Hiroko Day.

Teachers at Jellico High School include Rebecca Carender, Lindsey Carroll, Roy Napier and Chad Seibers. 

At Valley View Elementary School, Abby Baird and Kaitlin Sowder are on the list. LaFollette Middle School has Martha Meredith on its tenure list, while LaFollette Elementary School has Kelsey Chapman.

“You all have worked hard for this and we’re proud of you,” said Director of Schools Jennifer Fields. School board members echoed this sentiment, thanking teachers for their “hard work.”

Campbell County BOE chair Steve Morgan, and Director of Schools Jennifer Fields, along with other school officials, congratulated the teachers who were up for tenure this school year.

In other business, board members approved a new gym floor and the design of a new pump system in the gym storage room at Jellico Elementary School. This project will also include new bleachers.

“We’ve been without a gym over there for a while,” said BOE chair Steve Morgan. Bleachers will be replaced as well because the current ones are “not up to standard,” according to Morgan.

There was insurance coverage on the floor, which was damaged by a water leak and the school district did recoup $96,000 in insurance funds.

The purchase of a modular classroom for the STEM Lab at Elk Valley Elementary School was also approved. The lab was previously destroyed by fire.

Campbell County Director Jennifer Fields reported the fencing projects at Jellico Elementary and Jellico High School have been finished.  

The CCHS Cafeteria renovations are set to begin April 25 and should be complete by April 27, according to Fields.

She also reported that all ongoing technology projects have been finished at this time.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/14/2024-6AM)