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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cocke School Board
Members of the Cocke County School Board meeting this week heard from Instructional Supervisor Amanda Waits, who detailed the new school district accountability program which has been developed for schools in Tennessee. The TCAP(Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) is part of the school and district accountability assessment. Each school will have different indicators that they will be scored on such as achievement, growth, ready graduate, chronically out of school, and English language learners performance. Waits says each school will receive a letter grade in each area and then the combined grade will rank the district from 'needs improvement', up to a ranking of 'improving and exceeding'. The board approved the application for a grant which is aimed at putting wireless points in all of the classrooms and libraries in the system. Educational Technology Instructor Patricia Shults said the project will begin at Cocke County High School, providing networking equipment and cabling throughout the school. The 85 percent grant will come from the E-Rate Fund, set up by the Federal Communications Commission, to provide technology to schools and libraries, who have a large percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. The total cost of the project is $44,401, and so the local 15 percent match will be $6,800. Members also approved the purchase of rubber "Jelly Bean Mulch" at a cost of $14,840. The mulch has no sharp wires as does tire mulch, and meets state requirements for safety fall zones on pre-K playgrounds. The mulch will be placed at Centerview, Edgemont and Smoky Mountain Elementary Schools. The county schools spelling bee is set for 7 pm this evening at First Baptist Church in Newport.


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Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • No school
  • Fine shooting incident
  • Tennessee lottery celebrating 14 years
  • Brooks backs off school vouchers
  • Southerland appointed to committees
  • Voting procedures in Tennessee are secure
  • Smoky Park camping fees to increase
  • Alzheimer research initiative announced

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  • Cocke Juvenile Court
  • No Cocke County school
  • Closings
  • Weather update
  • Cocke Circuit arrest warrants issued
  • Abbott charged
  • Bond scam
  • TBI has been dipping into it's Rainy Day Fund.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • No Wednesday school in Cocke County
  • Please conserve power
  • EDC wants input
  • Cushman faces new charges
  • Gas prices
  • School closings

    Monday, January 15, 2018

  • No school in Cocke County
  • Arrowood arrest
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Valentine is the new rescue squad Capyain
  • Family of four die in West Tennessee home fire
  • 250K Tree Day in Tennessee

    Friday, January 12, 2018

  • Jefferson County Grand Jury
  • January 23...mark it on your calendar
  • Tennessee fire safety
  • TDOT is ready
  • Friends of the Animal Shelter open for business
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