ROGERSVILLE - Hawkins
County students will back in the classroom the first Monday in August next year under a school
calendar adopted Thursday. The original proposal had students reporting
Friday, August 2, 2013, but the version adopted by the Hawkins County Board of Education has
students reporting August 5, 2013 for an abbreviated day. Principals and high
school counselors must report to work July 17, with July 30 an optional in-service day for teachers
at their individual schools and July 31 a required in-service day, which includes a general
system-wide meeting at Cherokee High School. Other highlights of the county
school system's schedule include: - No school on September 2 for the
Labor Day holiday; - October 7 - 11 as the fall
break; - November 27 - 29 as the Thanksgiving
break; - Christmas break, which begins with an abbreviated day for
students on December 20 and resumes with a full day of classes on January 6,
2014; - Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on January
20; - President's Day holiday February 17; -
March 10 - 14 as spring break; - April 18 as Good
Friday; - May 22 as an abbreviated day for students to pick up their
report cards; and - May 24 as graduation day for students at Cherokee
and Volunteer High School. Perhaps because of the mood created by the gift
giving season, the board also voted to approve changes to the 2010-13 contract between the Hawkins
County Board of Education and the Hawkins County Education Association, giving full-time employees a
"one time" $500 bonus, paid from the system's undesignated fund balance.
Although school board members did not discuss any details of the item at their meeting,
Finance Director Myron Dale told the Hawkins County Commission's Budget Committee that the move will
cost "around $756,000, including social security and medicare." The bonus will
be awarded to slightly more than 1,200 employees. In other
business, the board honored the Rogersville Middle School football team players, coaches and school
administrators. Earlier this year the team won the Big Three Conference
championship. "That encompasses large schools in Sullivan, Washington and
Hawkins counties. They accomplished this by defeating the Gray Middle School 34 to 22,"
Director of Schools Charlotte Britton said, adding that it had been 10 years since the school won a
championship. The team avenged an earlier season loss to
Gray, and finished the season with a seven win and two loss season, the director
added. "This is a real hard working group of boys. We had fantastic
assistant coaches and we had really great support from our parents this year. Without all
that, this wouldn't have been possible," Coach Steve Taylor added.
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