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DeKalb 4-H Member Attends National Healthy Living Conference

February 22, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County 4-H member, Lily Martin recently represented Tennessee and DeKalb County at the National 4-H Healthy Living Conference.

Tennessee 4-H had 53 individuals in attendance at the summit in Chevy Chase, Maryland February 16 – February 19, 2018. The Healthy Living Summit involves high school students from around the country gathering at the National 4-H Center to assist them in the development of knowledge and skills to address today’s issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summit maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes.

Lily is a Freshman at DeKalb County High School. She plans to use what she learned to create an action plan to have a healthier community.




Smithville Elementary Recognizes Students of the Month

February 22, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

Smithville Elementary would like to recognize our Students of the Month for February. These students were selected for their outstanding character, academics, and other traits that make them an all-around excellent student. Selected as Students of the Month for February are:

Pre-K: Julien Kleparek
Kindergarten: Addison Love
1st grade: Brandon Garcia
2nd grade: Khloe Grandstaff




Board to Consider Contract Extension for Director of Schools

February 21, 2018
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Board of Education may consider a contract extension for Director of Schools Patrick Cripps when it meets again next month.

Cripps’ contract currently runs through June 30, 2019. He has served as Director since July, 2015.

The original contract was for two years to expire on June 30, 2017 but the Board voted in June, 2016 to extend the contract by two years based on overall high marks given by the Board in a director performance evaluation.

Cripps was recently evaluated again by the Board but the results have not yet been tabulated

Cripps’ annual salary is $85,000 paid in twelve equal monthly installments in accordance with the policy.

The next meeting of the DeKalb County Board of Education will be Thursday, March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Ernest Ray Education Center.

The agenda is as follows:

Consider and act on the Director’s Contract

Consider and act on approval of the Career and Technical Education 2017-18-Crossville

Consider and act on 2019-2020 school calendar

Consider and act on updating/adopting school board policies on 1st reading.

School updates and committee reports will be given.

A personnel report will also be given by the Director of Schools.

Any other business that may properly come before the Board.

The consent agenda is as follows:

Consider and act on a request for the Prom to be held off campus at “The Capitol Theater” in Lebanon on April 27

Consider and act on a request to submit 21st Century Grant application

Consider and act on an overnight trip request from DCHS Student to attend All-State Honors Chorus April 11-14

Consider and act on Budget Amendment for Soccer

Consider and act on extended bus utilization

Consider and act on Budget Amendment-CSH




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