Long BOE agenda - Meeting Ends at 10:00 PM

Board Meeting starts with Delay 

By: Pat Hunter

February 1, 2009

Thursday's Jan. 29th Loudon County Board of Education workshop meeting was held at the Loudon High School culinary arts classroom. Not in attendance were school board members Van Shaver and Bobby Johnson, Jr. The BOE agenda was long and the meeting ended at about 10:00 p.m.

The workshop meeting was delayed nearly 30-minutes due to scheduling issues. The meeting was supposed to start at 6:30 PM. The School Board had received an invitation from Loudon High School Principal Cheri Parrish. The culinary arts class prepared and served a meal to Board Members and other guests. The efforts of the young chefs meal preparation was recognized and greatly appreciated by the School Board. The students received a thank you and applause.

But there were also some awkward moments when the public arrived to attend the business workshop meeting and the classroom was filled with people that were eating. The school cafeteria was in use by another group so it was not possible to use the bigger room for the public meeting. Tables and chairs were moved after the dinner and arranged to try to accommodate the public for the workshop meeting.

While School Board members and VIPS, sat and enjoyed their meal, some people stood in the hallway to kill time. Here are some pictures of the Loudon High School auditorium, which is currently undergoing upgrades and renovations to address life safety concerns.

The last time that I was at the Loudon High School was for the presentation of the $40,000+ PBA school building plan. The roof was leaking and garbage cans were catching water.