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School Board attorney Earl Patton reported the board last evening that South Cumberland Elementary has been removed from the lawsuit filed by Jim Howe. Howe filed suit after a confrontation and subsequent arrest for disorderly conduct when he attempted to circumvent the pick up police at the school. Charges against Howe were later dismissed in Cumberland County General Sessions Court; however Howe filed a federal suit in August seeking compensatory and punitive damages for his arrest.
Earl Patton, attorney for the Cumberland County Board of Education, in his report to the board last night, says the school system may consider legal action against parents and visitors who have continually violated the policy of checking in when visiting schools. While Patton did not specify a particular incident nor a particular school, he noted that there have been several occasions where parents had been told to follow procedure. All visitors, including parents, are required to sign in at each school’s office and are required to wear a visitor badge during their stay.
After a few sessions to finalize agreements for additional School Resource Officers, it is finally a done deal. Sheriff Casey Cox and Director of Schools Donald Andrews have signed off on agreements that will add more officers in schools. The board in regular session last night adopted the Memorandum of Understanding that will allow each county elementary school to have a dedicated officer. The cost of the additional officers is $233,000.
Out of concern for safety, the Cumberland County Board of Education will be considering the closure of School Road at the Crab Orchard School. The road, while not on the County road list, could legally be considered a public road due to public use over the years. The road provides a minimal shortcut to Highway 70 for residents of the area, however there are safety concerns for the students as it is noted at many times that vehicles travel the road at unsafe speeds. The board will be addressing the issue and taking steps to make the proper notifications of the intent of closure at their December meeting.
Cumberland County plays host to East Hamilton Friday night. The Lady Jets look to improve to 5 and 0 on the season and the Jets try for their second straight win. Action begins at 6:00 and the games will air live on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.
Next Tuesday, CCHS plays at Clarkrange and Stone Memorial returns to action as the 3 and 1 Panthers and Lady Panthers entertain York Institute. The SMHS games on Tuesday will air on Mix 99.3.