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Homeschooled students can't participate in public school activities

Friday, June 17, 2011

A large crowd gathered at the Chamber of Commerce building Thursday afternoon for a farewell reception for retiring school superintendent Ed Gray. He was presented with an engraved silver tray as a token of appreciation for his years of dedication.
(T-G Photo by Mary Reeves)
The Bedford County School Board revised its policy regarding extracurricular activities during their regular monthly meeting in the Central Office Building board room Thursday.

The policy was amended to read, "To be eligible to participate in extracurricular or curricular activities, a student shall be enrolled as a full-time student in Bedford County Schools."

The move came in response to a bylaw passed by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association during their Legislative Council Session in December 2010, allowing home-schooled students participation in extracurricular activities. At that time, TSSAA encouraged -- but did not require -- member schools to adopt the guideline.

The motion passed by a vote of 8-0-1, with Chad Graham abstaining. Graham expressed a concern that more consideration be given to the policy before finalizing the language.

In other business, the board awarded a bid for light fixture retrofits to low bidder Haynes Service Company of Shelbyville and adopted a policy regarding the disposal of personal school property to be in compliance with the Federal register.

An agenda item regarding the security camera access implementation plan was deferred until the July meeting.

With regular business complete, school board members verbally acknowledged the retirement of Ed Gray - some with tears - each offering their thanks and well-wishes for his future. "I'll bet there has never been a school board that has shed tears over a superintendent's leaving," said Dixie Parker.

Addressing Gray, board chairman Barry Cooper said, "You have put this organization and its people ahead of yourself, and that's why this team has been so successful." Gray's retirement is effective June 30.