by Lacy Garrison
Last weekend, the Warren County Board of Education was recognized by the Tennessee School Boards Association as the 2019 School Board of the Year.
The Tennessee School Boards Association annually honors a board for excellent service. To be considered, boards must meet certain requirements, including being a TSBA Board of Distinction, developing, applying and monitoring policy, and being involved in long-range planning.
This prestigious award as the state’s Best School Board is a tremendous honor, according to Director of Schools Bobby Cox, and one that no other Board of Education from Warren County has achieved.
“We are extremely excited and proud of our School Board members and the work they do to improve education in our community,” said Cox. “Our board works in harmony with school administration to provide leadership in our district acting in the best interest of the students Warren County.”
Added School Board chair Tanya Bess, “This award is a cumulative effort of many working together in many capacities to achieve our mission of high levels of learning for all. The Warren County School Board has one goal and that is to continue striving and working for the greater good of students and faculty.”
Members of the Warren County School Board are Tanya Bess, Sue Anderson, James Bennett, Teddy Jones, Helen Martin, Bill Zechman, and Director of Schools Bobby Cox.
Some of the many accomplishments by the 2019 School Board of the Year include:
• The board worked to secure a tax increase to improve teacher and staff salaries and to purchase 3,250 computers for schools.
• The board has engaged ESG to expand the school system’s energy savings program.
• The board reorganized its dual enrollment program to establish a middle college high school at Motlow State Community College.
•The board has an ongoing relationship with its local TCAT and has a welding program that is a full-time program.
•The board has a full-time Mechatronics and Robotics program.
• The board has a long-standing partnership with Bridgestone and has had a classroom on its campus since 2008.