Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local News

July 17, 2013

New school, policy changes on school board agenda

July 17, 2013 — The new Tygart Creek Elementary School was the site of Monday’s meeting of the Carter County Board of Education where a dress code for teachers became an issue.

The new $12 million facility on US 60 west of Olive Hill will welcome new and current students when school opens Aug. 8.

The school has a capacity of 450 student, but Supt. Ronnie Dotson said they expect about 400 to begin the school year.

“We expanded the boundary to go a little further into Olive Hill,” Dotson said. “All the students who are affected have been notified.”

Just over 250 students attended Upper Tygart Elementary last year and 150 from Olive Hill Elementary will shift this fall to TCES.

“This is such a beautiful facility,” said Principal Shawn Justice. “The kids all seemed so excited and we are, too. The teachers are just as anxious as the students.”

Construction at Carter City Elementary is almost complete and an open house will be held there on Aug. 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Policy changes were the biggest issues addressed by the board during the meeting.

Disciplinary policies for students had been evaluated by a committee. The only change addressed miscellaneous violations.

“Any violation that could be considered a public offense, for example if charges could be brought against the student in court,” East Carter High School Principal Larry Kiser told the board. “All this does is allow administrative discretion based on the severity of the offense.”

The student attendance policy also was amended. For several years, seniors were allowed 10 unexcused absences before the student was not allowed to participate in graduation.

Jack Kiser, who is in charge of truancy and disciplinary policies, asked the board to reduce the number of allowed unexcused absences to eight. The motion passed unanimously.

The dress code for teachers was also addressed. Merry Berry reported for the committee and asked that sleeveless shirts be allowed as long as the shoulder strap is as wide as credit card.

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