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New Drug Testing Policy Undergoes First Reading
Friday May 27, 2016

The first reading for changing the drug testing policy was approved at Thursday nights Board of Education meeting. This policy would add students who park on school campus to be added to the drug testing pool in addition to students in extracurricular activities. According to policy committee member and 2nd district representative Richard Janeway, the school is required to provide an education, not parking or extracurricular privileges. This is why the school system is allowed to administer drug tests. This policy will come before the board for a second reading at next months meeting.


BOE Approves 2016-2017 Budget
Friday May 27, 2016

The Cumberland County Board of Education approved the 2016-2017 budget at Thursday nights meeting. The next step is to send the budget to the Cumberland County Commission for approval. There was a bit of discussion over this subject, but the budget was finalized as presented by Mr. Travis Isaacson so they could meet their deadline with the Commission. The budget had to be given to County Commission by June 9th, or else the school system risked only receiving the minimum amount, as happened with the previous year. This years budget shows there will be an $880,812 shortfall. Upon the approving vote for the budget, Boardmember Bowman asked Mr. Isaacson to stress to the Commission the importance of the capital outlet projects present in the budget, as they have been postponed for six years.


Consolidated Funding Application
Friday May 27, 2016

At Thursday nights regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting, Mr. Dan Schlafer made a brief presentation to the board regarding the Consolidated Funding Application for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Schlafer said that Cumberland Countys application has already been approved on the state department level, which is apparently unheard of this early. Through this application, the Cumberland County school system will receive $4,025,000 for Special Education, and the IDEA program. The Board voted to also approve the application.


April 2016 County Unemployment Rates Broadcasting Newz Friday May 27, 2016

County unemployment rates for April 2016, released today, show the rates decreased in 90 counties, increased in two, and remained the same in three counties.

Cumberland Countys April unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent from the March rate of 5.4 percent. That reflects a 2.3 percent decrease from the April 2015 rate of 7.0 percent.

For the month of April, Davidson County had the states lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.0 percent, down from Marchs rate of 3.1 percent. Knox County was 3.2 percent in April, down from 3.4 the previous month. The Hamilton County rate was 3.8 percent, down from 4.0 in March. Shelby County was 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent the previous month.

Tennessees preliminary unemployment rate for April was 4.3 percent, down two-tenths of a percentage point from the previous months revised rate. The U.S. preliminary rate for April was 5.0 percent, unchanged from the previous month.


Today is "Don't Fry Day"
Tennessee News Service Friday May 27, 2016

The National Council on Skin Cancer has declared Friday, May 27 as "Don't Fry Day". Tennesseans are reminded to use the proper sun protection as they enjoy outdoor activities this Memorial Day weekend. According to the Tennessee News Service, roughly 2,000 Tennesseans will be diagnosed with melanoma this year. Melanoma is one of just five cancers in Tennessee with a rising death rate, taking about 200 lives ever year. Those age 65 and older are at highest risk, however, the key is protecting yourself from sun damage when you are young. That's why wearing sunscreen is so important, especially between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition to good sunscreen and covering up in direct sunlight, you should get regular skin examinations by a doctor or dermatologist to catch melanoma or other skin cancers in the early stages.


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