JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – Assembling again via Zoom, the Campbell County Board of Education held its May meeting last night.

As the board moved through the agenda, Dail Cantrell, attorney for the board, updated the group about pending litigation against Potter Southeast, who is putting in a rock quarry in the vicinity of Campbell County High School.

Initially, the board of education was going to join the county in its lawsuit against the quarry.  However, after consulting with the county’s attorney, Cantrell said it was decided to file two suits allowing the court the option of combining the litigation. A citizens group had also approached Cantrell leading him to believe a third lawsuit was imminent.

Campbell County Director of Schools Jennifer Fields learned the results of her performance evaluation completed by eight of the 10 board members.  She saw a final score of 2.809 out of three.  Board chair Brent Lester read the results in which Fields didn’t score lower that 2.63 in any area. Most of her scores fell in the 2.75 to 2.88 range. She was given a perfect score in terms of the energy and time she devoted to her position and the county. The scores and trust shown by the board were an “honor,” Fields said.

With COVD-19 still controlling most events and interactions, the BOE has gone forward in planning some events.  Jellico High School and Campbell County High School will celebrate the milestones of prom and graduation, just later than when these occasions are traditionally held.

The proms are scheduled for May 30, for Jellico, and June 6, for CCHS, at The Stables in LaFollette. Each one is set for 7 pm to 10 pm with no food served and bottled drinks being the only refreshments available.

Graduations are June 19 at 7:30 pm at Jellico and June 20, 8 pm, for CCHS. Both will be held outside in accordance with Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, according to Fields.

In other adjustments forced by COVID-19, summer school will be still held with specifics coming later, Fields said. Also, TSSAA will be announcing its guidelines for summer sports practice later today.

The county’s school nutrition program was repeatedly recognized for its work keeping students fed during the pandemic. The summer feeding program is expected to run through June with a new program starting as well.  “MealsToYou is a program that will send pantry items directly to homes,” Fields said. A registration form must be completed for households to take advantage of the program. The deadline to register is May 20; the link is HERE to register.     (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED- 05/13/2020- 6AM)