The Williamson County Board of Education celebrated a district record breaking 52 National Merit Finalists at its February 17, 2020, meeting.  Those students include Brentwood students John Bailey, Ginger Buck, Michael Dillender, Sarah Grace Fisher, Avery Fowler, Christina Jin, Sydney Johns, Luke Lattin, Sarah Memon, Mithul Nallaka, Pardhav Polavarapu, Molly Robinette, Madison Saxton, Jeffrey Seiters, Thomas Stewart and Hannah Uebele. From Centennial, Lexis Khetsavanh, Khushi Jani, Jason Black and Neal Ickes were honored along with Franklin’s Emily Bechtel, Evelyn Cook, Dina Cui, Christian Darr, Nicholas Grummon, Connie Hsu, Natasha Messier, Owen Myatt, Maria Sanchez Boedo and David Xu. Independence High’s Collin Coil, Sydney Coil, Samantha Dreussi, Dylan Fichter, Harrison James and Rebekah May; Nolensville’s Sydney Hummel and Page High’s Connor Flatt, Garrett Hunt and Carsten Rovey were recognized. Ravenood High’s Ashwin Balaje, Ian Brown, Ankush Dhar, Spencer Dunn, Ian Gatlin, Jennifer Hall, Mrinmoyee Chakraborty Kalasikam, Adam Kreider, Kristen Lee, Chase Lewis and Rithika Tummala were celebrated along with Marel Smietana from Renaissance High.

Students earning a perfect ACT composite were honored for their accomplishment including Brentwood High’s Bronwyn Harris, Eric Sang and Kylie Overton; Independence High’s Joshua Cannon and Justin Saye; and Ravenwood High’s Ryan Jordan and Aaron Wu.

Mill Creek Middle theatre students were also recognized for receiving national recognition when they earned the Outstanding Production Award from the Junior Theater Festival.  Their teacher is Allison Isom.

In the Superintendent’s Report, Jason Golden addressed the day the district was closed due to illness of staff. In addition, he reminded the Board that Monday was a professional day for staff and that the budget work session is March 12 beginning at 3.

In the Board Chairman’s Report, Vice-Chairman Nancy Garrett reminder Board members to sign up for the TSBA annual training and to sign up to attend graduations. She also thanked the Williamson County legislative delegation for meeting with Board on Saturday.

In New Business, the Board:

  • Approved three 2019-20 General Purpose School Fund Amendments one for a State safe schools grant, one for a private grant and one for the Governors Give Grant.
  • Approved a General Purpose School Resolution Inter Category Transfer for Salaries.
  • Approved two Intent to Fund resolutions one for asphalt, roof and wastewater treatment plant at and another for an east elementary school.
  • Approved a 2020-2021 Family Tuition Rate of $7,439 for families moving into the district but that have not established residency within the county. The initial employee rate is $3,850.
  • Approved school fees for 2020-2021.

In Other Business, the Board:

  • Approved three policies on second reading including Service Animals, Special Transportation for Exceptional Students and Evaluations.
  • Approved an editorial change to policy Purchasing.
  • Approved field trip student fees under $100 for 2020-2021.
  • Approved recommended field trip fee requests.

The next regular meeting of the Williamson County Board of Education is scheduled for Monday, March 23, 2020, 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.