School Board Discusses Textbooks, Easements

The Cheatham County Board of Education moved forward on plans for new textbooks for the 2020-2021 school year during the board’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 9.

Board members voted unanimously to approve a recommendation from the textbook adoption committee for English – Language Arts books from Benchmark for kindergarten through fifth grades and Pearson for sixth through twelfth grades. The estimated cost of the books for grades K-12 would be $900,000. So far, the County Commission has approved $500,000 for textbook purchases. Board members agreed to discuss further how to secure the remaining $400,000 for the books.

The board unanimously approved the utilization of a Tennessee Risk Management Grant in the amount of $10,000 for food service equipment at Ashland City Elementary. The funds would be used to replace a freezer at ACES this academic year.

The board also discussed easements for two separate projects in the district. The first was an easement for sidewalks in the area of Harpeth Middle and Woodlands subdivision. Board members voted that they and the board attorney would review the documents from the city of Kingston Springs before granting final approval for this easement.

The second discussion focused on the Pleasant View Utility District’s request for an easement for a water main project in the Sycamore Middle and High area. The board voted for Cal Blacker, CCSD Director Transportation, Maintenance, and Custodial, to complete further site research with PVUD officials.

Board members honored Principal of the Year, Robyn Miller of Sycamore Middle, and also wished her a happy birthday during the meeting. Miller presented an update on the school’s five-year plan, which included seeking three more mobile labs for 5th and 6th graders.

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