Lenoir City News

September 2016

Attendance Matters

The next time you are on driving on Highway 321, look at the digital billboard located at the Visitor Center or on Highway 11 by Carl's Drive-in. We have worked with the Loudon County Education Foundation with support from seven community businesses to fund the billboards. Thank you as each school attendance team supports work district-wide on improving attendance.
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AdvancEd Accreditation Discussion

After much research and discussion with parents, teachers, and universities, Lenoir City School Board supports the LCHS recommendation to drop the AdvancEd accreditation. Here are some of the supporting reasons outlined in bullet points:
  1. AdvancEd accreditation is no longer rigorous and the State of Tennessee's process has replaced the required review of school processes
  2. Colleges and universities do not take into account high school AdvancEd accreditation when considering admission of a student. State accreditation is sufficient.
  3. Areas schools that were contacted and consulted included
  • The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Clemson University
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - does consider high school accreditation, but would not exclude a student from being admitted
  • The University of Virginia
  • Wake Forest University
  • Tusculum College
  • Milligan College

Many Tennessee high schools have already dropped this accreditation process due to the expansion of the state accountability system.

Citizenship matters

On November 8 the Presidential election will occur as well as local elections for school board and state representatives. Remember to exercise your right and vote.

Federal monitoring of Title programs and Special Education

Federal monitors reviewed the LCS implementation of federal programs during the week of Sept. 19-21. Federal Title I, ELL, Special Ed programs were reviewed. The comprehensive report compliments Lenoir City Schools for the process of reviewing and finalizing IEPs. The report indicates that we can improve by including more documentation of stakeholders, community and parent support in the School Improvement Planning process and the development of parent compacts. We will be working to develop more opportunities for input in these planning processes.
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