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Board chooses Engle as chairman

As it is required to do each year during its September meeting, the Unicoi County Board of Education elected its chairman, vice-chairman and athletic council representative for the coming year.
Board member Lisa White nominated Tyler Engle as chairman. No other nominations were received. The board then unanimously voted, with Engle abstaining, to elect Engle as chairman.
White then nominated Steve Willis as vice-chairman. Again, no other nominations were received. The board then unanimously voted, with Willis abstaining, to elect Willis as vice-chairman.
Willis then nominated Garland “Bubba” Evely as the board’s athletic council representative. There were no other nominations for this post and the board unanimously elected Evely as the athletic council representative. Evely abstained from the vote.
Following the votes, Director of Schools John English thanked Cathy Thomas, who served as board chairman during the past year, for her service to the board.
“Ms. Thomas has done an outstanding job,” English said.
Engle said he is looking forward to the year ahead.
“I was humbled by the board's confidence in me, especially as I am its youngest member and now one of the youngest school board chairmen in the state,” Engle said. “I have many goals for our education professionals, support staff, administration, and pupils.”
One of the decisions facing the board during the coming year will be the future of the temporary Love Chapel Elementary campus, Engle said.
“I wish to see our temporary facility moved to a more permanent home as we continue to work on a plan for the betterment of our physical plant,” he added.
Engle also said there are other goals for the school system.
“I hope to see our secondary students offered with more rigorous coursework, such as Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate classes, more vocational education programs, and more opportunities to earn college credit while they are still enrolled at Unicoi County High,” he said. “Further, I believe that this program will better our children's ability to secure gainful employment and hope that it will prove fruitful to the industries and businesses that call Erwin and Unicoi County home.
“Lastly, I hope to see us be able to spend more per-pupil dollars through greater funding from both the State Basic Education Plan and the county legislature's allocation for the school department. If we are able to secure greater funding, we will only be better able to provide needed services for our boys and girls. Per-pupil spending and achievement are directly correlated, and I hope that we can truly get to work at building a brighter tomorrow for every child in Unicoi County, no matter his or her socioeconomic status. I am proud of our school department and of the school board and look forward to doing great things for our children that we may better their lives.”
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In other business, the board:
• Set the discipline hearing board for the 2015-2016 school year. The board will be chaired by Dr. Mindy Myers and members will be Tommy Clouse, Debra Lane, George Hall and Shelia Oliver.
• Approved a trip by the UCHS Student Council to Houma, La., on Oct. 9-14 for training.
• Approved a trip for the UCMS sixth grade to Greeneville on Oct. 12-13 for 4-H Camp.
• Approved trips for the UCHS FFA and Bluegrass Band to Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 26-31 for a national convention;
• Approved a trip for the UCHS FFA to Gatlinburg on March 20-23 for leadership training.
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The board is scheduled to meet in a work session on Oct. 5 at 5 p.m. and in regular session on Oct. 8 at 6 p.m.