Dresden High School Hosts Sept. Board Meeting

Dresden High School Hosts September Board Meeting
Posted on 09/09/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Dresden High School Hosts September Board MeetingThe Weakley County School Board meeting on Thursday included filling board positions, a presentation on current communications processes and projects, and approval of the first draft of a revision to the school bus policy.

The meeting, hosted at Dresden High School, was called to order by chair Steve Vantrease who then introduced DHS student Rachel Blassingame, leading the pledge of allegiance, and the DHS choir, presenting an acapella version of the National Anthem. The choir was led by teacher Jacob Abbott. Dresden choir singing before school board

The voting for board positions resulted in those currently holding the roles continuing in their positions with Vantrease unanimously re-elected as chairman, Josh Moore approved as vice chairman, and Kim Longacre voted to once again serve as Teacher Leader Network Representative.

Karen Campbell, who assumed the newly created role of Communications Director in July, updated the Board on the rollout of the #WeakleyStrong campaign and the growth of the social media audiences following the school system on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Projecting the artwork created by local graphic designer Beth Cravens which depicts the message of #WeakleyStrong in bold lettering and illustrations of the five mascots of Dresden, Greenfield, Sharon, Martin and Gleason, on a common color palette of orange, gold and yellow, Campbell explained that a newly-created banner with the message will be carried in every town’s festival parade and the hashtag accompanies social media posts of student and teacher achievement.

“We want to underscore that each school has its own unique assets and reasons to be celebrated,” she said. “And, yet, we are often at our best when we cooperate to achieve together what we cannot accomplish alone.”

She centered her brief remarks around goals of creating awareness of individual and schoolwide achievements, increasing advocacy, and attracting students, families, teachers and industry. She concluded with thanks to the local media outlets – the Dresden Enterprise, Thunderbolt Broadcasting, and Weakley County Press.

Randy Frazier, director of schools, explained that a revision to the school bus policy was required as the result of legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly addressing video surveillance cameras on buses. The first reading, which was approved, included the provision that after an incident “parents or guardians may submit requests in writing to view photographs and/or video footage to the director of schools up to five business days after the date of the event in question.”

“If recordings are available,” the revision states, “the director of schools or designee shall arrange a time for viewing, and the Director of Schools or designee shall be present” at the viewing.

The revision also included wording to reflect legislation that now makes it illegal to use tobacco or tobacco products such as vaping devices on school property.

Volunteer drivers for the Westview Band Mark Ary, Rhonda Tucker, Jeffrey Oliver, Gregory Vandergriff and Gregory Reddick were approved.

During committee reports, Vantrease reminded the board members about the Fall District Meeting that will be hosted by Weakley County on September 24 at Westview High School.

Consent items ranging from travel requests to a foreign exchange student from Brazil attending Westview were also approved.