School board has busy May meeting


CELINA-The Clay County school board had a busy meeting in May, requesting bids for several items or services and rolling over contracts on some others, among other business.

The board accepted the resignation of board member Wanda Daniels, who was also presented with a plaque in honor of her service the past three years. Daniels resigned after being hired as administrator of elections for the county, and the first vote by the county commission to fill the seat she vacated ended in a tie (see related story).

In action at the meeting, the board:

• requested bids for milk, bread, gasoline, diesel, motor oil, antifreeze, propane fuel, annual school activity audit, roof for Hermitage Springs cafeteria, and HVAC units for the Hermitage Springs cafeteria,

• approved a bid of just over $70,500 for a 66-passenger 2010 model International bus from Cumberland IC Bus Sales, 

• approved a motion to open up the school bus maintenance contract for bids by a 6-3 vote. Voting for the measure were Boles, Smith, Smith, Hammock, Dillehay and West. Voting no were Donaldson, Cherry and Roberts, 

• voted to roll over the contract for custodial services at Clay County High School with Vivian Watson, after an earlier motion to open up the contract died for a lack of a second, 

• voted to roll over the contract for insurance with Tennessee Risk Management, 

• voted to roll over the contract for tires at the state rate with Maggart Tire,

• approved a contract with Bill Wilkerson for hearing services and with a parent for transportation services for the summer and the 2009-10 school year,

• approved four trip requests for Clay County High School athletic teams for summer basketball camps, 

• approved the school system’s fiscal year 2010 No Child Left Behind grant application and appointed schools director Donnie Cherry as the legal representative for that,

• failed to approve a “personal communication devices” policy on first reading by a 5-4 vote. Voting for the policy were Cherry, West, Dillehay and Roberts. Voting no were Hammock, Donaldson, Boles, Smith and Smith,

• approved three policies–personnel records, bus conduct and foreign exchange students–on second reading, and 

• reviewed several board policies and made no changes.