The online platform and curriculum that will be used for students in grades 9 through 12 as part of the Dickson County Distance Learning Academy has been approved by the county school board.
The board approved at its June monthly meeting the use of Edgenuity for high school grades. The school district is in year two of a three-year contract with Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Edgenuity, which is also used by other school districts in Tennessee.
From grades 4 to 8, academy principal Dr Rhiannon Mason “worked on the professional development of teachers” involved in the academy so that they can educate students in a “career-oriented” way. virtual education,” according to high school principal Dr. Robbie Faulkner.
Faulkner said students in those lower grades will use Dickson County schools textbooks and materials.
Faulkner noted that Edgenuity’s curriculum aligns with Tennessee state teaching standards.
She said about 300 students have signed up for online learning.
“We didn’t have the interest we had last year,” Faulkner said at the June 24 meeting.
When asked by the board, Faulkner confirmed that students will have access to teachers and counselors for help with subject matters.
“We have a lot of support for these students,” Faulkner said.
Tennis court renovation approved
In other business, the school board approved a complete overhaul of Dickson County High School’s tennis courts in what one board member hopes will be a first step toward renovating the entire stadium.
After Principal of Schools Dr. Danny Weeks initially offered to demolish and completely remodel two deteriorating tennis courts at DCHS, the board demanded that Weeks return at the June 24 meeting with offers for the four courts to be demolished and completely rebuilt.
A $338,000 bid for the complete overhaul and creation of four new tennis courts by SCG Fields of Brecksville, Ohio has been approved by the Board of Directors.
“There’s no question that this facility needs to be redone,” said board chairman Kirk Vandivort.
Board member Steve Haley said that in addition to the tennis courts, the bleachers at the school stadium needed replacing and the track needed resurfacing.
“We have to start somewhere,” Haley said while noting that many people in the community use these courts.