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Town School Committee extends SOS supply drive

Supply Our Schools has been extended through Friday, Aug. 20.

Drop off school supplies at Town Hall and Farragut area schools, including Hardin Valley Academy.

Town School Education Relations Committee members chose to extend the SOS program due to lack of community participation at its meeting Wednesday, Aug. 4, at Farragut High School.

To boost community awareness, committee members Carla Lyle, Carol Littlejohn and new member Russ Barber will individually visit area businesses, churches and service clubs.

On the agenda was the current status of a Farragut- or Knox County-wide volunteer program.

District 6 School Board Representative and committee member Thomas Deakins said committee chair Margaret Johns is in contact with Knox County Schools about a Web site used to connect volunteers with school needs.

KCS is working to organize a volunteer online database county wide, perhaps even a regional database of volunteers and school needs.

A member of SERC could join a County committee working to start the program, Deakins said.

Among items not on the agenda, Deakins brought up a need for a traffic light at FHS’s Campbell Station Road exit.

FHS principal Michael Reynolds has said during previous SERC meetings he desires a traffic light there for students exiting the school.

Deakins said he will be especially concerned after Campbell Station Road construction is complete, because it will be five lanes wide, making it more difficult to turn left for teenage drivers exiting the school.

Town Administrator David Smoak said a study would be done after construction was complete to determine whether or not a traffic light would be beneficial.

SERC members started their second terms in July; all committee members from last year returned with the exception of Heather Marshall, who has moved.

Two changes adopted in the committee’s charter: an alderman is no longer required to attend and an attendance policy was established for all Town committees, including SERC.

Members may miss any two monthly meetings per fiscal year. Members who miss three meetings are removed from the committee.

Deakins suggested this year’s office elections be postponed until next month’s meeting when Johns would be present.

SERC next meets at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 1.


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