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Board of Education to Meet

January 4, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

The DeKalb County Board of Education will consider a light agenda when it meets in regular monthly session next Thursday night, January 10 at 7 p.m. at the Ernest Ray Education Center. A work session will be held prior to the regular meeting at 6 p.m.

The agenda is as follows:

Directors personnel report

Committee and school reports

Any other business that may properly come before the Board.

The consent agenda is to consider and act on the fiscal year 2018 Impact Aid Section 8002 Application and consider and act on approval of a grant for the Back Pack Program.

DeKalb Students Return to School Monday, January 7

January 3, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

DeKalb County students will return to school Monday, January 7.

Friday, January 4 is a stockpile day for teachers.

The remainder of the school calendar is as follows:

Schools will be closed for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 21; for President’s Day on Monday, February 18; for spring break March 25-29; and for Good Friday, April 19.

The DCHS graduation is Friday, May 17.

The last day of school for the year will be Friday, May 24. Thursday, May 23 will be an administrative day for teachers. Students will not attend.

Parent-Teacher Conferences at DeKalb County High School will be Tuesday, March 19 from 3-6 p.m
Parent-Teacher Conferences at DeKalb West School, DeKalb Middle School, Northside Elementary School, and Smithville Elementary School will be Thursday, March 14 from 3-6 p.m.

Report cards will be sent home for K-8 students on Thursday, March 14 and for DCHS students on Tuesday, March 19. Report cards will be sent home from all schools on Tuesday, January 8 and Friday, May 24.

USDA NRCS in Tennessee Now Accepting EQIP Applications

January 3, 2019
By: Dwayne Page

Producers in Tennessee who are interested in implementing conservation practices to improve natural resources on their farmland have until Friday, January 18, 2019 to submit their application for financial assistance through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

“We accept applications for this program on a continuous basis, however, only the applications received by January 18th will be considered for funding this fiscal year,” said Sheldon Hightower, NRCS Tennessee State Conservationist.

“EQIP places a priority on water quality, water conservation, and promotes soil health practices by offering financial and technical assistance to address these resource concerns on eligible agricultural land.”

EQIP will be offering funding for High Tunnel and On-Farm Energy initiatives for this signup in addition to traditional funding opportunities.

EQIP is an incentives-based program that provides technical and financial assistance for conservation systems such as animal waste management facilities, irrigation system efficiency improvements, fencing, and water supply development for improved grazing management, riparian protection, wildlife habitat enhancement, and cover crops for soil resource protection.

Applications can be taken at the Smithville NRCS county office which is located in the USDA Service Center at 647 Bright Hill Road in Smithville. Applications MUST be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019. NRCS continually strives to put conservation planning at the forefront of its programs and initiatives.

Conservation plans provide landowners with a comprehensive inventory and assessment of their resources and an appropriate start to improving the quality of soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife on their land. Conservation planning services can also be obtained through a Technical Service Provider (TSP) who will develop a Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) to identify conservation practices needed to address a specific natural resource need. Typically, these plans are specific to certain kinds of land use, such as transitioning to organic operations, grazing land, or forest land. CAPs can also address a specific resource need, such as a plan for management of nutrients. Although not required, producers who first develop a CAP for their land use, may use this information in applying for future implementation contracts.

To find out more about EQIP, fill out the eligibility forms, or obtain an application, visit the Tennessee NRCS website.

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