The May 19th School Board Meeting began with presentations recognizing students across the county for their academic achievement and participation in JROTC and health science units. HCEA and the East Ridge Alumni Association presented to School Board members during the delegations portion of the meeting, which allows the public to address the board directly.

During the regularly  scheduled meeting, board members approved all agenda items which included spending $913,600 on stadium repairs for schools across the county including: East Ridge High School, Tyner Academy, The Howard School, Hixson High School, Ooltewah High School, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, and Lookout Valley High School. The board voted unanimously to pull these funds from part of the school system’s fund balance. Board members were adamant that this decision was not making sports a priority over academics but that it was addressing a liability and safety issue for students and community members.

At the end of the meeting, the board also voted to approve of the Interim Superintendent’s salary of $160,000 annually with benefits. Further, they discussed the current job description for the new Superintendent. None of the board members voted to make any changes to the current description and they voted unanimously to authorize a RFQ to be placed for a Superintendent search firm which will allow the firms to submit bids for service.

Next month there is a Budget Work Session scheduled for June 9th at 5:00pm and a regularly scheduled School Board Meeting on June 21st at 5:00pm. We hope to see you there!