From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, here is your news for Wednesday, March 14th, on Mix 104-1 and Talk 101-3 The Buzz.
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
Students at Cleveland High School and Cleveland Middle School are preparing to participate in the National School Walkout being planned today to draw attention to the issue of school safety.
The national event is being organized via social media by a group called Women’s March Youth EMPOWER. Students across the country are being urged to walk out of their school classrooms at 10 a.m. today to hold a 17-minute observance on school safety.
The number 17 is significant, because it’s the number of students and educators who died in the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. That shooting has prompted national discussion on the issue of school safety.
The city schools will be operating as usual while the National School Walkout is taking place, meaning students at CHS and CMS will truly be walking out of classes while they are in session. Teachers and staff know students choosing to participate in the walkout will get up and leave their classrooms, but classes will continue as usual for any remaining students.
As plans for the National School Walkout have surfaced, some school administrators in other parts of the country have threatened to punish students for skipping class. However, Dr. Russell Dyer, director of Cleveland City Schools, said the local schools will allow any student who chooses to participate in the walkout to do so without any negative consequences.
None of Bradley County Schools’ students are participating in today’s walkout, as the county schools are on spring break this week.
Also from The Banner…
Polk County Director of Schools Dr. James Jones announced to the school board Monday evening that it appears the school system will be installing a new girls soccer field on the Polk County High School campus.
Federal officials with the Title 9 program were notified that the school’s soccer program was not being supported evenly with other programs. A follow-up analysis apparently determined the girls’ facility is not equivalent to other facilities.
The director of schools also mentioned the fact he has found a deal on netting for the baseball and softball fields at Copper Basin High School. Those playing surfaces have been waiting for completion.
Jones is hoping to get the two fields ready for play, before having to moving forward with building the new girls soccer complex.
From WRCB Channel 3…
Six communities, including one in the Tennessee Valley, have been approved to receive more than $23.9 million in low-interest loans.
The loans will be used to fund water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
The City of Cleveland learned Tuesday that they will receive a $10 million dollar Traditional Wastewater Loan for an Infiltration/Inflow Correction Project. The project will be funded with a 20-year, $10 million loan with an interest rate of 1.58 percent.
This has been your local and state news. You can get news anytime by visiting our website, mymix1041.com. From the Tennova Healthcare Cleveland News Desk, this is Jeremy Gault reporting.