City BOE convenes Tuesday

Published 5:47 pm Friday, February 17, 2017

Elizabethton City Schools

The Elizabethton Board of Education will look to keep it business as usual next week.
After closing down schools due to illness, city schools will reopen on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The BOE will meet at 6:30 p.m. that same day to work with a relatively light agenda.
The members will look to approve a full maintenance agreement between the school system and United Elevator Services that would last until February 2020 for elevators at T.A. Dugger Junior High School and Harold McCormick Elementary School.
The rate of the agreement would be $200 per month with a chance for a three percent discount if paid annually.
BOE members will also look at approving the agreement between ECHS and SchoolPointe, Inc., begnning this month and ending June 30,2020, for website development for the total cost of $15,500.
ECS Public Relations Coordinator Bekah Price recently told the Elizabethton Star that the agreement would be more affordable than the system’s current content management system.
“We researched a number of different sites and selected SchoolPointe because it offers great ADA compliance tools, responsive web pages and staff Intranet,” Price said. “Content will be easy to navigate, update and share on social media.”
ECS continues to reap the rewards of staying up-to-date with news with a social media presence this year with the creation of the Elizabethton City Schools Facebook page. The page has over 1,000 “likes” and regularly has stories and updates from the school system posted and is frequently shared and viewed by community members.
Just like with social media, an updated site will help the system stay with the times to better serve the parents and community members of Elizabethton, according to the coordinator.
If passed, Price said the school does not plan to publish the new sites until after testing takes place in May.
Also taking place Tuesday is the first reading for the Student Wellness board policy and a budget request to the City of Letter, with a letter addressed to City Manager Jerome Kitchens.
City Council convened early this month and consider the approval, on first reading, of the school system to purchase the property adjacent to Harold McCormick.
In other business, the BOE will hear a presentation from Travis Hurley, East Side Elementary principal, and have a special recognition of system-level teachers of the year and building-level teachers of the year.

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