Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 6, 2014

2015-‘16 school calendar approved

CROSSVILLE — The Cumberland County Board of Education approved the 2015-'16 school calendar at its May 22 meeting. The calendar, which begins with teacher inservice on Aug. 3 that fall, keeps staff development days in the second semester of the school year and protects the week-long spring break scheduled in March.

"Spring break the year after next is protected, regardless of inclement weather," Director of Schools Donald Andrews told the board.

Two options had been presented for consideration and public comment last month. Andrews reported a total of 208 comments received, with most support for keeping staff development days in the second school semester where they could be used as make-up days should the school system exhaust its allotted snow days.

Josh Stone, 4th District representative, moved to approve calendar option 1 for the 2015-'16 school year. The motion was approved with Sandy Brewer, 3rd District representative, and Jim Blalock, 8th District representative, voting no.

The board also approved a retainer agreement with BOE Attorney Earl Patton to provide legal services for the coming year.

Dan Schlafer, 9th District representative, moved to approve.

Brewer said she had been asked by other local attorneys why the board does not issue a request for qualifications or other solicitation of information from attorneys so they may have an opportunity to serve the board. However, she voted in favor of the agreement, after a roll call vote was requested following a successful voice vote.

Patton has represented the board for 14 years and, as part of his representation, he attends continuing education that deals with the field of eduction law. Patton said there had been only two occasions when outside paid legal opinions were sought due to specific and unique situations.

"We try to handle everything in house," Patton said.

The motion passed with Blalock and Vivian Hutson, 6th District representative, voting no. Charles Tollett, 1st District representative, said he would prefer the board not have an attorney on retainer, seeking legal representation only when the need arises, but voted in favor of the agreement, saying, "The wish of this board is to have an attorney."

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