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Grant given to Construct Student Success Center at Tyler Consolidated

By Leann Cochran - Staff Writer | Oct 28, 2020

The Tyler County Board of Education met on Monday, October 19, with all members present. At this meeting, the Board was updated about various projects taking place throughout the county and learned of a grant the school had received to construct a new Student Success Center at Tyler Consolidated.

The meeting began with the approval of the previous minutes, followed by the Superintendent’s Report. Superintendent Highley reported the projects are winding down at the new stadium.

Highley also mentioned the new Bus Garage is still ahead of schedule, saying they are working to finish block work and plumbing.

As for the playground at Boreman, Highley reported the project is coming alone and about half of the turf is left to lay down.

Highley also reported they had been planning to revisit the four day school weeks at the nine week mark. He said at this time, there is no reason to move from four to five days of in-school instruction, but said they are planning to re-evaluate around Christmas.

Highley then moved on to speak about a $100,000 grant that the school had received to install a new Tyler County Schools Student Success Center at Tyler Consolidated where the old board office was located. This area is expected to be completed when the students return from Christmas break, Highley said. This space will reportedly be where the counselors and social workers are located.

“We’re really excited about it. They are super excited about it. I know it will be one of a kind in the state,” Highley said.

“When kids are struggling, what we’ve found is that they don’t want to go to the office… so if we have that over there, they don’t have to go in the office.”

Also expected to have his own little space in the center is Buddy the service dog. Highley reported Buddy has contributed to improving relationships between the students and the staff.

A motion was and quickly carried to approve the policy reviews regarding JE Assignment of Students to School and IAF Virtual Education Program.

The TCHS Baseball and the TCMS Boys Basketball 2020-2021 schedules were approved.

The following employments, transfers, and rescissions were approved: Employ Eric McKeever and LeeAnn Butcher as Substitute Teachers, countywide, effective immediately; Employ Cheyenne Weekley, Andrew Bailey, and Zach Blair as Substitute Custodians, effective immediately; Employ Andy Weekly as Technology Director, countywide, effective immediately; Employ Shannon Huffman as Assistant Girls Basketball Coach at TCMS, effective immediately; Employ Christopher Weekley as Custodian/Bus Operator, effective immediately; Employ Marcus Winters as SAT Coordinator at AIB, effective immediately; and employ Chris Ferrell as SPED Coordinator at AIB, effective immediately.

Following the approval of the paying of the bills, the meeting adjourned.