TCAT to lease portion of Lincoln Central Academy

Lincoln County Board of Education has approved a standard five-year lease of a portion of Lincoln Central Academy to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) out of Shelbyville and Pulaski.

A portion of the building, formerly known as Ninth Grade Academy, will be used by TCAT for instruction, officials said during the County School Board’s meeting last week. Following TCAT’s accrediting process, Laura Monks, TCAT president, said classes for high school students will begin in January, and adult classes will start as early as next summer.

While renovating the space and as new programs are commencing during the first year, TCAT will lease a portion of the building for one dollar per square foot, or $17,635 for the year. For the subsequent years in the lease agreement, the lease amount will be $2.25 per square foot, or nearly $39,679 per year, according to John Fanning, assistant director of schools.

In other action, Tommy Stevenson, chairman, recommended rescinding a motion made at the Aug. 5 board meeting. The motion called for the system to engage a service to mark trees to be cut on property where the new Blanche School will be located and sell the timber, with a number of conditions – that no trees under 18-inches are to be cut, the fee for this service is not to exceed $8,000, and the project manager is to be in charge of and coordinate with the company providing the service.

Upon speaking with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, Stevenson said that the department gave him a list of companies that could help with the sale and administration of the timber. Officials voted to proceed with the cutting of timber at the Blanche site per the recommendation of the state forestry consultant and the company that is chosen to determine the specs for the cutting of the timber.

Following the election of officers during the County Board of Education’s monthly meeting, Stevenson and Kevin Posey retained their seats as chairman and vice chair, respectively.

Stevenson appointed a committee to review the pay scale structure for staff in all departments throughout the school system, “one that is to be fair and equitable,” he said.  Those appointed to the committee were Jared Bradley, Johnny Collins and Sammy Tucker.

A committee for the board’s self-evaluation was also appointed by Stevenson. Jennifer Haynes is to serve as chairman, with Carla Buchanan and Posey to serve as members.

Upon the annual review of policies and following a roll call, officials approved the second and final reading of multiple policies. Those included policies pertaining to graduation requirements, alcohol and drug, staff gifts, emergency procedures, bus safety and others.

Additonal action including the board approving the 2020-2021 calendar and three revisions in the director’s evaluation.

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