School board handles bits and pieces

By Jan Runions -

The Claiborne School Board spent a bit of time during its regular November session handling its slate of agenda items that included the choice of an insurance plan for paraprofessionals.

After reviewing the eligible ones during the previous month, the board decided to go with Blue Cross/Blue Shield to act as the ‘administrator’ of the self-insured policy.

In order to meet state requirements, the board reworked the policy plan, replacing the previous one with a state certified policy.

The school system will continue to pay the bills.

In other action, the Claiborne High School band will be performing at Disney World next spring. The board gave its permission for the students to travel to Florida via charter bus.

The five-day trip, scheduled to occur from March 14 through March 18, will cost an estimated $700 to $750 per band member. Students will be fundraising to help eliminate most, if not all, the costs of the trip.

It appears that Claiborne High School will be implementing a wrestling program. The board gave its ‘thumbs up’ to the new non-faculty head coach Ron Fejeran, who previously ran a county youth program.

An anonymous donor will supply the wrestling mat, at a cost of nearly $8,000.

The team is expected to compete in the Region I meets, according to Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) standards.

Soldiers Memorial Middle School now has an assistant coach for the girls’ basketball team. Former team volunteer David Oney was given the ‘OK’ by the board to take on the reins of the assistant coach’s position.

The basketball teams at Midway Elementary School now have new volunteers. Greg Atkins and Jerry Myatt will help get the boys in shape for upcoming games, while Carra Beth Myatt assists with the girls’ team.

Reach Jan Runions at 423-254-5588 or on Twitter @scribeCP.

By Jan Runions

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