Williamson County Schools, in conjunction with the Franklin Special School District, is the third largest school district in the nation to be recognized by the National Weather Service as a StormReady Supporter.
The announcement was made April 11 during a joint press conference with the National Weather Service, the Williamson County Mayor’s Office, Emergency Management Services, Public Safety and the FSSD.
This special recognition is given to districts that have worked to improve each school’s emergency action plans and faculty, staff and student preparedness in the event of a natural disaster.
“The National Weather Service works with Williamson County Schools when hazardous weather is forecast and we want to make sure those children are safe,” said NSW Warning Coordinator Meteorologist Krissy Hurley. “We do this by working with them through numerous drills and by making sure they have a hazardous weather operations plan in place.”
WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden says the district communicates with the National Weather Service on a weekly basis to stay aware of potential weather events.
“When it comes to student safety we are all on the same team,” said WCS Deputy Superintendent Jason Golden.”We’re very excited that we’ve achieved this recognition at the federal level, and we appreciate the state and local efforts to support us.”
The StormReady Supporter program began in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1999. The district’s certification will remain valid through April 11, 2023.
If the Williamson County School Board gets their way, there will be two new schools in the Brentwood area soon.
Schools Director Mike Looney announced the district has purchased land for an elementary school and a middle school on Split Load Road, located just west of Nolensville Road.
According to the school board, the cost of the schools is around $9 million.
The district will now ask Williamson County for the money to build the schools.
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Williamson County Schools honored its 2016-17 Employees of the Year February 2 at a special ceremony in Franklin. The district rolled out the red carpet and Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney thanked the employees for their service.
Each school selected a teacher to be recognized, and from there, the district selected a system-wide Teacher of the Year at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
Elementary School Teacher of the Year
This year’s Elementary School Teacher of the Year is Sarah Roberts. Roberts teaches fourth grade at Pearre Creek Elementary and says she loves the unpredictability of her job.
“As a teacher, every day is new and different,” said Roberts. “You never know exactly what you’re going to walk into. You’ve got some control over the intent of your standards, but other than that it’s a response to the kids and how they respond to you, and there’s such an engagement piece to that.”
Middle School Teacher of the Year
Brentwood Middle School teacher Nathan Cummings was selected as the Middle School Teacher of the Year. Now in his sixth year with Williamson County, Cummings teaches eighth grade American history. He says the best part of his job is working with students.
“I enjoy seeing the kids learn,” said Cummings. “For more, that’s the whole point of teaching. It’s about seeing the light bulb go off and being there when it happens.”
High School Teacher of the Year
Ravenwood High School teacher Kristi Neuroth was chosen as the High School Teacher of the Year. Neuroth teaches geography and says she enjoys introducing students to new places.
“I love that teaching lets you be a curious person, and you get to encourage other people to be curious,” said Neuroth. “I love teaching geography because the world changes every single day.”
Classified Employees of the Year
The district also honored its Classified Employees of the Year, which included everyone from teacher assistants to maintenance workers. Employees were nominated for the honor by their individual school or department.
This year’s winners are Lipscomb Elementary School bookkeeper Sally Auville, Brentwood Middle School bookkeeper Kelly Montague and Centennial High School counseling secretary Hilda Lloyd.