State Sen. Mike Bell and State Reps. Jimmy Matlock and John Forgety recognize longtime
Sweetwater Board of Education member Richard Rowe with a state proclamation. Rowe has
served three decades on the board and only recently stepped down as chairman while remaining
on the board.
See more photos in the Wednesday, Oct. 23, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
|Published: 9:40 AM, 10/24/2013
||Last updated: 9:40 AM, 10/24/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-The Sweetwater City School
System will work with the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance to try
to find a buyer for the "White House" on Summit Street next to
Sweetwater Elementary School.
Until the new administration building
opened earlier this year, the house was used as extra office space
for the school system. The agreement approved at the October
Sweetwater Board of Education meeting will give the ETPA six months
to try to find a buyer for the home. If no buyer is found, then the
School Board will have a decision about what to do with the property,
Director of Schools Dr. Melanie Miller said.
School Board member
Richard Rowe said the board may want to think twice about selling the
property at any time.
"Once it's gone, it's gone," Rowe said.
For now, the School System will work
with ETPA to find a buyer.
Sweetwater Junior High Principal Rodney
Boruff gave a state-of-the-school report during the meeting.
Boruff said he and his staff worked
even harder this past year preparing for the start of school as a
large enrollment last year proved challenging.
"It really paid off," he said.
Boruff said the school has used more
block (90-minute classes this year) and is continuing to prepare for
the new testing over Common Core Standards. Right now, teachers are
teaching more and more Common Core Standards as required by state
transition plans, but there is one more spring where TCAP testing
will be used making it a more difficult time for teachers as they
have to teach one set of standards while students are still tested on
the old for another year.
A major challenge for the junior high
is a 33 percent transient student rate, meaning a high number of
students move in and out of the school, often multiple times, Boruff
The next School
Board meeting will be Nov. 18 a week after the normal schedule time.
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