Washington County Board of Education receives board of distinction award

The Washington County Board of Education received the Board of Distinction award from the Tennessee School Boards Association at Thursday's board meeting.

The Washington County Board of Education met Thursday evening and received the Board of Distinction award from the state School Boards Association.

To be a board of distinction, school boards must complete tasks in key areas of planning, policy, promotion and board development. The award is given every two years and the past awards lining the Board of Education meeting room go back to 1998.

In other matters covered in Thursday’s meeting:

• The board released bids for a four-year custodial contract for the school system. The current contract is over, and costs are likely to increase because a new school is being added.

• Staff at David Crockett High School are currently working with Eastman Credit Union to set up a branch of the business in the school. The students will be able to participate in running the branch.

Board member Annette Buchanan said she hoped it would bloom into something where there would be opportunities for students to learn about financial literacy and get summer internships.

“We’ve been talking about (career and technical education) and moving (students) away from a four-year college. This is an opportunity,“ Buchanan said.

Eastman Credit Union employees already have a small presence in coming to speak in economics classes, since the state requires high-school students to receive a credit in personal finance. Staff members are hoping for the program to start in the fall, with no financial cost for the school.

• Phillip McClain presented a report from the bid-review committee. A bid for chain-link fencing with installation for Fall Branch School to Tri-City Fence at a bid of $14,998 and a bid for impact- resistant safety film to Solar Response LLC, Bristol, were approved.

• The board also passed a motion to release bids to renovate baseball facilities at Daniel Boone High School, pending funds and legality of the release.

Follow-up information on these issues and other goings-on in the Washington County school system can be found by visiting johnsoncitypress.com.