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Town makes annual Chamber, school donations; Hardin Valley Academy added

Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen presented checks totaling $60,000 to local schools and the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce.

“We are pleased and honored to be able to contribute to our local schools. This year, we expanded it to all five schools that serve the Farragut community,” Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III, said. Each school and the Chamber were awarded $10,000 apiece.

“Everything you do is outstanding and is reflected in the way each of your schools operates … you are a credit to our community,” he added.

Julia Craze, principal of Farragut Primary School, told the Board she would use the money to purchase computers, projectors and interactive boards, particularly in the school’s portable classrooms, or “villas.”

“We continue to grow. I’m not tech-savvy, but those of you who are know that technology changes by the minute,” Craze said.

“We really appreciate all the support. And on behalf of the students and staff, we certainly do appreciate the monetary donation. I know that money’s tight,” she added.

Kay Wellons, principal, explained how Farragut Intermediate School would use the money.

“Along with our interactive boards, we have been working on getting some document cameras … they are really taking the place of the old overhead projectors.

“It’s been so wonderful for teachers because they can have anything projected without having that pen or marker all over their hands,” Wellons said.

FIS also recently upgraded its computer lab with 25 new computers. In addition, the school has implemented “Study Island.”

“That gives a review in all four subjects of the state-tested curriculum. This program, Study Island, can be accessed at school during the school day, or at home,” Wellons said.

“With the funds you give us, there is just no doubt the benefits go down to the boys and girls in the classrooms, and I thank you so much,” she added.

Richard Fulford, assistant principal at Farragut Middle School, had similar technological goals.

“It looks like tonight the theme is technology,” Fulford said.

“In the digital age, we have digital learners, but our school didn’t seem to be outfitted for those 21st century digital learners,” he added.

Fulford said the money from the Town, with other funds, would be used to purchase 47-inch flat screen monitors that can be used with teachers’ electronic clipboards.

“We would have this interactive slate, which is basically a clipboard, that works with Bluetooth technology to talk to the computer. The teacher could walk around the classroom, use the clipboard, and actually present the material on the big-screen T-V,” Fulford said.

FMS’s goal is to equip all classrooms with this technology.

“In order to meet the needs of 21st century learners, we need 21st century technology.

“I just want to express my gratitude for the support that Mayor Ford, the town of Farragut, and all the Aldermen have given to Farragut Middle School,” he added.

No representative from Farragut High School was present, but a letter from principal Michael Reynolds requested funding to replace five rolling computer labs.

Sallee Reynolds, Hardin Valley Academy principal, also was absent, but a letter from her informed the Board she would use funds to purchase basic equipment for the library and science, math and orchestra departments.

“She was asking for support for the science department … basic, fundamental things you need to equip a science department, everything from beakers to bottles to brushes to lighters to whatever,” Ford said.

Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Bettye Sisco also received $10,000 from the Town.

“I look upon [them] as being a partner of the town of Farragut,” Ford said.

“I’m happy to say things at the Chamber are moving along very nicely,” Sisco said. The Chamber currently has more than 700 members.

“We hope all the growth in the community and all the services that we are helping to provide to keep businesses going have made a difference,” she added.

“Once again, I cannot say how much I appreciate the Chamber,” Ford said.


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