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Special Ed TAs, 16 buses clear county education committee

The Williamson County Commission's Education Committee has unanimously voted to recommend approval of several county school district requests, including 12 new special education teaching assistants.

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All WCS middle schools score high on school ranking study
All WCS middle schools score high on school ranking study

A school ranking website has rated all nine middle schools in the Williamson County public school district among the top 20 Best Public Middle Schools in Tennessee for 2015, with Hillsboro School coming in at No. 1.

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Franklin couple creates MTSU scholarship for Bahamians

A Franklin couple who founded a network of substance-abuse treatment clinics has established a $600,000 scholarship to fund tuition at MTSU for students from a high school in the Bahamas.

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Columbia State to provide FAFSA assistance Sunday
Columbia State to provide FAFSA assistance Sunday

On Sunday, Jan. 25, Columbia State Community College will offer free assistance to students and families applying for the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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WCS legislative committee talks 'local control' voucher bill
WCS legislative committee talks 'local control' voucher bill

The Williamson County School Board may soon consider a resolution to oppose recently introduced state legislation that would allow local school boards to approve education vouchers.

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Community signs beam for new Columbia State campus in Williamson

Columbia State Community College kicked off a "beam signing" tour last week, inviting students, local leaders and others around Williamson County and Columbia, Tennessee, to sign the beam that will mark the highest point of the new Williamson Campus.

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WCS board approves $9,000 to manage public records requests
WCS board approves $9,000 to manage public records requests

At its Tuesday meeting, the Williamson County School Board unanimously approved a $9,000 expenditure for contracted services to handle an influx of public records requests.

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UPDATE: Hunters Bend Elementary returning to normal after evacuating due to odor of natural gas leak
UPDATE: Hunters Bend Elementary returning to normal after evacuating due to odor of natural gas leak

The City of Franklin reports that the Franklin Fire Department is returning Hunters Bend Elementary to normal, after the school had been evacuated due to an odor of natural gas.

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WCS enrollment expected to break 36,000 in 2015-2016
WCS enrollment expected to break 36,000 in 2015-2016

Williamson County Schools anticipates a 3.4 percent growth in enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year, bringing numbers up to 36,068 students excluding Pre-K children.

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Standards, assessment, teacher prep are priorities in SCORE report

The recently released State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) 2014-15 State of Education in Tennessee report names academic standards, assessments and teacher prep among the priorities ahead for the state in 2015.

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Nolensville school walls going up; College Grove addition OK'd

Progress is showing at York Road in Nolensville where Mill Creek Elementary-Middle School and Nolensville High are scheduled to open by fall 2016.

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Commissioner's lawyer subpoenas WCS superintendent
Commissioner's lawyer subpoenas WCS superintendent

A lawyer for Williamson County Commissioner Barbara Sturgeon has subpoenaed the superintendent of schools to testify in her lawsuit against him and a schools attorney.

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Estimated $50,000 needed to handle massive school records request backlog

The Williamson County School Board on Thursday recommended transferral of $9,000 in school funds to pay a contracted employee to review public records requests - an amount the school superintendent thinks is far insufficient.

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County school board needs money for burst water pipe damages

The Williamson County School Board will vote next week on several budget appropriations and requests including funds to cover damages done to the district's IT room in a recent water pipe leak.

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WCS to host bullying awareness seminars
WCS to host bullying awareness seminars

Williamson County Schools will host a series of events this month and next to promote awareness around bullying prevention and to share best practices for prevention with parents and interested community members throughout the district.

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Clark Oral and Facial Surgery's Students of the Week for Jan. 14
Clark Oral and Facial Surgery's Students of the Week for Jan. 14

Clark Oral and Facial Surgery's Student of the Week highlights accomplishments by the city's outstanding high school students.

Each week, one student from each high school is chosen by their principal to be featured for achievements including citizenship, volunteerism, leadership, academics, and much more.

Click to read the Clark Oral and Facial Surgery's Student of the Week.

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Belmont University opens new facility in Cool Springs' business hub
Belmont Univerisity President Robert Fisher cutting the ribbon for the univesity's facility in Cool Springs
Belmont University opens new facility in Cool Springs' business hub

Belmont University held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday morning to commemorate the opening of their new campus located in the hub of Cool Springs' business community.

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Several teachers honored at FSSD meeting
Janet Parker, Dee Dee Davis and FSSD Supt. David Snowden
Several teachers honored at FSSD meeting

The Franklin Special School District School Board on Monday announced that five teachers have received their National Board Certification.

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WCS legislative committee debates upcoming education bills
WCS legislative committee debates upcoming education bills

Williamson County Schools' legislative committee on Monday and discussed several education-related items expected to come up in this year's legislative session, which begins Jan. 13.

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Williamson County university students achieve Dean's List

A number of Williamson County residents received academic honors by achieving the Dean's List at their university.

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Mars Petcare faces lawsuit from Williamson County school board member
Mars Petcare faces lawsuit from Williamson County school board member

Williamson County School Board member Susan Curless has sued Mars Petcare, her former employer, over what she claims are violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Civil Rights Act.

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WCS classes begin on time, buildings open hour early Thursday
WCS classes begin on time, buildings open hour early Thursday

Williamson County Schools will be open Thursday, Jan. 8 with classes beginning at their regular start times. However, school buildings will open one hour prior to the schools' regular start times due to the wind chill factor.

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Out-of-zone transportation dominates WCS policy talks
Out-of-zone transportation dominates WCS policy talks

Williamson County School District's policy committee on Monday night debated the potential pros and setbacks of providing transportation to out-of-zone students, but reached no conclusion.

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Contracted agency may handle WCS records requests

Williamson County School Superintendent Mike Looney announced Monday he will contract with an agency to handle public records requests.

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WCS debates tracking state legislation; will reconvene Jan. 12

The Williamson County School Board's legislative committee on Monday spent its first meeting of 2015 debating methods to track and follow state education-related legislation as lawmakers prepare to reconvene on Jan. 13.

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