Board of Education Approves Contract For Implementation of New Reading Program

The Fentress County Board of Education met Wednesday, October 8 in regular monthly session and took action on several items of business in a rather brief session which followed a work session.
After approving the minutes of the past meeting and approval of the Director’s Report, the board accepted the system’s compliance report, which has been sent to the State of Tennessee.
They also approved a project which would allow the Appalachian Service Project to enter the schools in 2014 while they are conducting volunteer service work in Fentress County.
Director Mike Jones explained that the Appalachian Service Project is a Methodist ministry in which volunteers come into an area to work on homes of those who are not economically capable of performing these projects.  The board approved a proposal which would allow these service volunteers to sleep in the school buildings at night.  I think this is a good service project for our citizens and community.”
More information on this project will be forthcoming.
Next, they contracted with Linda Vincent and the Comer Company for the implemen-tation of a new reading program.  The board has set a goal that by 2019 that 90% of our third graders will be reading at or above grade level.
Director Jones commented that he thought this is something exciting for the community, stating that this program is very reading intensive — teaching reading 3 to 4 hours every day in the classrooms.

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