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School system considers homeschooling option
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Homeschool students may get a chance to be homeschooled within the Warren County School System.

At a recent Warren County School Board meeting, board members did some housekeeping with seven different approvals, including a consent agenda which had multiple items.

The consent agenda includes:

• Emergency flight insurance for employees

• Inclusion in the Tennessee Rural Acceleration and Innovation Network to receive free professional development days with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching

• TVA grants toward lowering energy emissions

• Durham transportation contract

• Updated job description for the director of technology

• An opportunity to be involved with Tech Trep Academy

Tech Trep Academy is in seven states and is also used in Putnam and Overton counties in Tennessee. Annex VIP director Courtney Bennett said, “What we plan to do next year to address some of the students we have lost to private, independent homeschool companies this year is offer something through Warren County Schools that will hopefully get those kids back in.”

It’s a tuition-free program that offers a homeschool option through WCS. 

It is distinct from the current online option. Bennett said it is directed toward true homeschool students. Bennett and Director of Schools Grant Swallows are starting small with a limit of around 50 students the first year.

Other approvals included the adoption of the 2022-23 school calendar, a summer professional development plan, 2021-22 federal budget, the federal programs budget resolution, replacement of an internet acceptable use policy, and the reading of their policies.

The board also approved Policy 1.4 which moved the School Board meetings from taking place on Thursdays to taking place on the fourth Monday of every month starting in June.

Swallows brought up the possibility of a new job description to help keep track of the finances coming with ESSER 3.0 grant. This new job description would be covered by the grant, and since the state is including the description, the submission deadline for the grant was moved to July 15.