The Williamson County Board of Education agreed to enter into contract negotiations with Interim Superintendent Jason Golden to be the next Superintendent of the district during its May 20, 2019, regular meeting. In addition, the Board set his salary at $250,000 while he is serving as interim.

A number of students were in the spotlight including nine students who were recognized for earning a perfect ACT score. Those students are Brentwood High’s Michael Dillender, Michael Finch, and Luke Lattin; Centennial High’s James Thomas; Franklin High’s Jinsun Kim and David Xu; Independence High’s Collin Coil and Lydia Hayworth; and Ravenwood High’s William Reinke.

Brentwood High’s Rohan Gupta was honored for winning first place at the National Speech and Debate Association state competition for House Chamber.  His teachers are Matt Grimes and Harriet Medlin.

Students also won first place at the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League state competition.  From Brentwood High, Saahit Adabala and Parker Kasiewicz won for Public Forum Debate, and Utsav Talati won for Congressional Debate Senate.  Their teachers are Matt Grimes and Harriet Medlin.  Independence student Collin Coil won for Impromptu Speaking.  His teacher is Jackie Zigelsky.

Students from several Williamson County schools won first place at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Student Awards including Brentwood’s Madison Hebert, Ashley Gracia and Sydney Padgett for Best Public Service Announcement. Their teacher is Ronnie Adcock.

Franklin students Bryson Sams, Porter Edwards, Jackson Fults, Colin Perrigo, Carter Fulkerson, Matthew Dyra, Anna Claire Latta, Nikki Tudor and Joseph Clinton won for Best Fiction; Bryson Sams and Porter Edwards won for Best Photographer; and Will McAdams and Ivan Chen won for Best Commercial.  Their teacher is Keri Thompson.  Page High’s Adam Plager won for Best Writing. His teacher is Terry Flowers.

In a tie for Best Animation/Graphics/ Special Effects, Ravenwood’s Bryan Costello won them both. He won an individual award and then then a second one with Houston Chapman and Zane Denton. Ravenwood’s Jackson Stofka won for Best Director, and Bryan Costello and Houston Chapman won for Best Editor. Their teacher is Megan Sanchez.

In staff spotlights, Liza Vaughn received the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, SCORE, Tennessee Educator Fellowship.

Nolensville High teachers Benjamin Easley and Michael Holland were honored for receiving the Country Music Association, CMA, Foundation Music Teacher of Excellence Awards.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Looney reminded the Board of that graduations are taking place over the weekend. He also shared that the County Commission Budget Committee had voted for an 11 cent tax increase in support of funding request. The full County Commission will meet July 8 at 9 a.m. to vote on the budget.

In the Board Chairman’s Report, Gary Anderson thanked the Mill Creek Maverick chorus under the director of Shelley Exler for performing before the Board meeting. He also shared opportunities for the public to meet Jason Golden. Those dates will be posted in InFocus.

In New Business, the Board:

  • Approved two amendments to the 2018-2019 Central Cafeteria Fund Budget including one for $26,599 for commodities and one for $83,000 for medical premiums. Approved an Education Capital Project Fund Intra-Category Transfer of $295,000 for roofs. Approved five General Purpose School Fund resolutions including one for $499,901 for cafeteria needs; one for $267,220 for SROs; one for $553,715 for retirement; one for $300,000 for various insurance; and one for $400,000 for the trustee commission.
  • Approved the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program of Study.
  • Approved Board Policies on first reading including Section 4 policies and Section 5 policies.
  • Deleted the Graduation with Honors of Distinction policy.

In Other Business, the Board:

  • Approved recommended field trip fee requests.
  • Approved ENCORE Summer 2019 Enrichment Program Fees (Annual Agenda).
  • Approved ePlan Applications for FY2020 142 School Federal Projects to include ESEA Grants, IDEA, IDEA Pre-School, IDEA Discretionary Grants, Carl Perkins Basic Grant with Superintendent Authorizations.

The next regular meeting of the Williamson County Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, June 17, 2019, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Administrative Complex.

Board packet information can be found on the school district’s website www.wcs.edu.  Select District; select Board of Education; select Board Meetings; and select School Board Meeting Dashboard.