published Monday, October 1st, 2012

Cleveland, Tenn., board to vote on teacher contract

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    Dr. Martin Ringstaff, director of Cleveland City Schools

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Cleveland Board of Education will vote today on an extended-learning contract plan for teachers.

The contract will allow more time for teachers to work with students who may need remedial help, according to Dr. Martin Ringstaff, city schools director.

"This proposal represents the most effective and efficient use of our extended contract resources in meeting the highest priority needs of our students," according to the printed plan.

Fifteen retiring teachers and central office staff members also will be honored by the board, which meets at 5:30 p.m. at George R. Stuart Elementary School instead of its usual central office location.

Among other agenda items, the board will review a new accountability system for school districts prepared by the Tennessee Department of Education. The program, known as Annual Measurable Objectives, sets achievement targets for reading and math and for boosting some groups of struggling students.

The board also is scheduled to make some slight changes to its meetings policy. The policy reaffirms that all meetings will be held in public view but that meetings are not the same as public forums.

Ringstaff urged teachers and system personnel to contact building administrators with any concerns. If that is not successful, then employees should bring their concerns to the central office adminstrators.

about Randall Higgins...

Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...

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