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During the July 9 school board meeting, 2nd District representative Robert Safdie speaks during contract negotiations between county schools and vending contractor T-N-T Snacks.

After implementing the salary for a school-law enforcement liaison, the Cumberland County Board of Education voted to once again approve the 2007-2008 county school budget in preparation of appearing before the county commission. The line item for the liaison position, listed as SRO Coordinator, shows a salary cost of $39,300. Total expenditures for the proposed 2007-2008 budget are listed at $46.7 million. The current defecit is estimated at just more than $6.5 million.

Also at the July 9 meeting, the proposed school calendar for 2007-2008 was approved with Director of Schools Aarona VanWinkle announcing new staff development dates. If enough of the allotted 13 snow days are left by March, the schools look to hold staff development days on March 20, April 28, and May 9, in which students will not attend class. Students bank additional time in not using snow days whereas teachers do not. According to VanWinkle, the state allows schools to use a portion of the allotted snow days for the purpose of staff development.

However, as VanWinkle pointed out, if the schools needed to use their total of 13 snow days, these dates would act as regular schools days. Teachers would then be responsible for making up the in-service hours on another occasion. The board voted to pass the proposed calendar year, and VanWinkle said the calendar would be submitted to the state for approval.

In her report, VanWinkle briefed the board upon the success of the Phoenix School and Homestead Elementary.

With 45 students enrolled for the summer, Phoenix's credit recovery program awarded 53 credits, making it possible for one student to graduate upon receiving credit and another 11 students to become seniors as a result of the program.

Homestead Elementary received a letter from the Tennessee Department of Education congratulating them for being among the top 10 percent of state schools. Homestead's ranking is based on its scores in the 2006 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) in the areas of reading/language arts and mathematics for the 2005-2006 school year. The letter also commended the school for making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the past two years.

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