Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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April 4, 2012

BOE changes mind on countywide photo services

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Board of Education approved a motion to allow each school to determine which photography company it would like to work with after learning a county-wide contract for photographic services would not lead to cost savings.

Richard Janeway, 2nd District representative, said, "I wanted to get the prices down. That's not going to happen. It's not going to save money."

Janeway moved to allow each school principal to determine which company they would want to work with. The motion was supported by Gordon Davis, 5th District representative.

The board heard from three school photography companies during a work session prior to the meeting. Those companies were LifeTouch, which had contracts with 11 of the 12 county schools last year, Interstate Studios, which had a contract with one school last year, and ProPhoto of Knoxville.

"If they get one school or ten, there's no monetary savings," said Janeway.

The photography companies offered several pricing options depending on the amount of commission each school wanted to receive from the school photos. They each offered fall, spring and senior portraits as well as photography services for sports, special events and dances. Each principal would have been tasked with determining the amount of commission that would most benefit the school while taking into account the specific demographic needs of the families they serve.

The motion to allow each school to determine its photographic services provider passed unanimously.

In other business, the following was approved:

•Disposal of surplus equipment at Homestead Elementary;

•Career and Technical Education Program application for the 2012 Carl Perkins Reserve Grant, including professional development and training for staff in distance learning technologies;

•North Cumberland Elementary application for the Dollar General Youth Literacy Grant to implement "Parents Are Teachers Too" program;

•Pine View Elementary Student Government Association and Junior Beta Club to travel to Lake Winnepesaukah May 18;

•Stone Memorial High School girls basketball team to stay overnight in Murfreesboro March 6-9 during the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association's state basketball championships;

•Added Patsy Avery, Tabitha Barnwell, Tina Bolin, Olga Hernandez, Kirk Snyder and Rebecca Snyder as volunteers at Martin Elementary;

•Added Kim Potter and Barbara Ann Turner as volunteers at South Cumberland Elementary; and

•Added Donald Lee Haston as a volunteer at Cumberland County High School.

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