Conley explains flu impact on Cherokee schools

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MURPHY, N.C. – In her Superintendent’s Report at the Cherokee County Board of Education (BOE) meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, Dr. Jeana Conley discussed the impact of this year’s influenza outbreak on the county schools.

“Traditionally, to close a school, what we’ve seen historically is that we need 20 to 22 percent (absentee rate) and sometimes school systems wait until 30 percent (to close a school),” Conley explained. “We’re working with our health department. We would like, if there is a school closure, for it to be a collaborative effort that encompasses the entire community because it doesn’t do a lot of good according to the research to close schools if we can’t stop ball games, stop functions on the weekend (and) have limited activities with the community. So, it needs to be a comprehensive community approach when we do close schools.”

According to Conley, The Oaks Academy school had the highest absentee rate of all schools across Cherokee County as of the BOE meeting at 14.9 percent. This was followed by Murphy Middle School at 12.4 percent, Andrews Elementary at 11.7 percent, Hiwassee Dam High at 11.5 and Martins Creek Elementary at 10.7 percent to round out the top five schools with the highest absentee rate.

“One of the issues with the flu this year is that we’re not seeing it massively in our (absentee) numbers, but when we do see it, it is a terrible case of the flu,” Conley stated.

When BOE Chairman Paul Brown asked Conley if the number of absences were better than the previous week, Conley reported that there had been isolated spikes in numbers at certain schools but the county-wide numbers were falling.

After this, BOE member Tim Coffey asked Conley about absences among faculty and school staff. “We have not really had an issue with our faculty,” Conley said.

Board member Winfield Clonts gave a financial planning subcommittee report that included the proposal to request bids beginning Monday, Feb. 12, for an Andrews High School roofing project to replace the roof on the school’s cafeteria, gymnasium and dressing rooms buildings. Cherokee County Schools will receive bids on the project through March 1. Clonts told the board members the life of the roof had essentially expired two years ago.

The board discussed the lifespan advantages of proceeding with a pitched metal roof as opposed to a rubber roof. Clonts told the board a rubber roof typically has a 20-year lifespan while a metal roof usually has a 40-year lifespan. However, it was noted that installation of a metal roof would require some re-engineering of the building. Also, the board discussed the possibility of re-roofing the buildings without incorporating the existing skylights. After further discussion, the proposal for requesting bids was approved with the provision that received bids would include costs for re-roofing the building with and without the skylights.

The BOE approved usage of the Half-Cent Sales Tax Fund in the amount of $41,672 to cover maintenance and repair costs at Hiwassee Dam, Martins Creek and Murphy Elementary schools, Andrews Middle School, Murphy High School and The Oaks Academy.

An application for a debt service payment in the amount of $1,360.23 for building B at Andrews High School using the Public School Building Capital Fund of the North Carolina Education Lottery was also approved by the BOE.

 

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Murphy High principal arrested, suspended amid allegations of misconduct

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MURPHY, N.C. – According to a statement from Cherokee County (N.C.) Schools (CCS) issued Saturday morning, Feb. 10, Thomas Graham, principal of Murphy High School, has been suspended with pay from school duties in response to allegations of misconduct and Graham’s subsequent arrest Thursday, Feb. 8.

In the statement, Graham’s suspension came from CCS Jan. 26. “Mr. Jason Forrister has been acting principal during this time and will continue in that role as long as necessary,” CCS stated.

The statement from the school system continued to say:

“Cherokee County Schools has been working with local and state law enforcement agencies and has fully cooperated with their investigation. Because personnel matters are considered confidential under state law, CCS cannot make any further comment regarding Mr. Graham. Further it is imperative that CCS strive alongside law enforcement agencies to seek the truth and impart fairness to all parties involved … Student safety is the first priority of Cherokee County Schools and CCS takes the appropriate measures necessary to provide a welcoming and safe atmosphere for all students, staff, parents and volunteers. Cherokee County Schools would like to thank the state and local law enforcement officials for the professionalism they have demonstrated thus far. CCS will continue to work with law enforcement throughout the entire process.”

According to CCS, the law requires any suspension taking place during an investigation to be paid.

Graham, 45, was arrested by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Thursday afternoon, Feb. 8, and later released from the Cherokee County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond.

According the booking report from CCSO, Graham is charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a student stemming from incidents occurring in January and February of 2016. Graham is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Murphy March 5, at 9 a.m.

 

 

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Make-up day options to be examined at next Board of Education meeting

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MURPHY, N.C. – Cherokee County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jeana Conley stated Thursday, Jan. 25, that the school system is weighing options for potential make-up days, and in the process, is revising its school calendar.

Conley stressed that no official decision has been or will be made prior to the Feb. 8 Cherokee County Board of Education meeting.

According to Conley, the state of North Carolina mandates that the school year be finished by June 10. The superintendent also stated the school system will implement the use of virtual days, following the model employed by Transylvania County Schools, and she plans for the school year to be completed by June 1.

However, Conley mentioned that given the recent weather patterns this winter, the potential for further missed time is possible and would obviously force further changes to the school system’s plans.

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Early release for Cherokee County Schools

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MURPHY, N.C. – Cherokee County Schools announced on its Facebook page earlier today (Jan. 16) the early release of schools due to incoming winter weather:

Schools closing at 11:30 a.m.

The Cherokee County School System is closely monitoring today’s weather. The National Weather Service webinar held this morning at 4:00 a.m. indicated the winter weather is expected to arrive in our area between 1 and 5 p.m. We are grateful to have been able to get most of our kids in after the long weekend in order to give some of them the first breakfast and lunch they have had in several days, however in the interest of safety of travel all Cherokee County Schools will release today at 11:30. This will give all bus drivers a chance to complete their routes and get safely home before the risk of winter weather becomes a factor.

In addition, all after school activities are cancelled today- including 21st Century After School, and Community Night at Rib Country (Tuesday), January 16.

We realize this is a serious inconvenience to working parents and families and appreciate your support and patience. Thank you and travel safely.

Please continue to follow FetchYourNews for updated coverage of Winter Storm Inga.

 

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Born in Merrillville, Indiana, raised in Cleveland, Tennessee, and currently resides in Copperhill, Tennessee. Graduated from Bradley Central High School in 1996 and attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, eventually earning a B.A. and M.A. in English. Hobbies include hiking, camping and fly-fishing. Interests include baseball, hockey and cliff jumping.

Winter Storm Warning for Cherokee and Clay Counties, North Carolina

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Winter Storm Warning for Cherokee and Clay counties, North Carolina

 

Posted at 3:15 pm from the National Weather Service:

Accumulating snowfall expected on Friday across Southwest North Carolina and the mountains of Eastern Tennessee…

WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST

SATURDAY…

Light to moderate snow occurring. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the evening commute.

Additional snow accumulations of one to three inches are expected.

 

Additional Details

Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means severe winter weather conditions are occurring. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 511.

 

Ways to prepare and stay safe:

  • Stay indoors during the storm.
    Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.
  • Walk and drive carefully on icy sidewalks and roads.                                                                                           Many injuries and accidents are caused by slippery conditions.
  •  Before driving, let someone know your destination, route and expected time of arrival.
     If your car gets stuck, it’ll be easier to find you. 
  •  If you lose feeling and color in your nose, ears, hands or feet, cover the exposed area, avoid         rubbing your skin and seek medical help immediately.                                                                                             You may have frostbite.                                                                                                                                                         
  • When shoveling snow, take breaks and lift lighter loads.                                                                                 Working too hard can lead to heart attacks.                                                                                                                      
  •  Stay Dry.                                                                                                                                                                       Wet clothes makes you lose body heat, increasing your risk for hypothermia.                                                            

School closings and traffic reports

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UPDATE: All Cherokee County Schools’ athletic events scheduled for this evening are cancelled.

The Murphy versus Hiawassee Dam high school basketball game will be played Monday. The Andrews versus Robbinsville high school game will be rescheduled for a later time.

All wrestling matches are cancelled as well.

We are now under a winter weather warning, so please use caution and judgement when traveling.

 

MURPHY, N.C.- A winter weather advisory for Cherokee County, North Carolina, is in effect until Saturday, December 8. One to three inches of snow accumulation in the lower elevations with more in the higher elevations are expected, and roads will be treacherous, so please use caution.

Road Reports
North Carolina: 877-511-4662
Tennessee: 877-244-0065
Georgia: 888-635-8287
You can also dial 511 from your phone or visit the state link here: NC DOT GA DOT TN DOT

Closing and Delays

Below are a list of schools that are closed today, Dec. 8, 2017:

Cherokee County Schools    CLOSED (OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY)
Clay County Schools     CLOSED (OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY)
​Fannin County Schools     CLOSED
Graham County Schools      CLOSED (OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY)
​Murphy Adventist Christian School   CLOSED (YARD SALE ALSO CANCELLED)
Nantahala School    CLOSED (OPTIONAL TEACHER WORKDAY)
North Georgia Technical College    Monitor www.northgatech.edu for updates
Polk County Schools     COPPER BASIN SCHOOLS CLOSED
Southwestern Community College    Monitor www.southwesterncc.edu for updates or on

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The Learning Center Charter School    Follows Cherokee County Schools closings/delays
TCCC: Peachtree/Marble     CLOSED
TCCC: Graham County    CLOSED
Towns County Schools     CLOSED
Tri-County Early College    CLOSED
Union County Schools    CLOSED

Expect occasional snow to continue for the next several hours. Continue to check back with us for possible updates.

If you have any traffic reports, please email us at Tiffany@FetchYourNews.com.

Have a great day and stay safe if you venture out today.

 

Cherokee Co. School Board OKs Raises for Nutrition Staff & School Lunch Price

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C.- Cherokee County School Board approved the proposed Budget for School Nutrition on Monday, July 31st, 2017, calling to increase the wages of school nutrition staff as well as to increase the school lunch price. School Nutrition Managers will be brought up to being paid on the state scale and all other cafeteria employees will now be paid $8.75/hour. This increase in wages was admittedly long overdue, staff having been paid below the state’s minimum wage.

 

The USDA requires the same level of support for those students paying for full paid meals to be comparable to the cost for state reimbursed meals, so the proposed budget calls for $.10 increase to the price of high school student meals. The new high school lunch price will be $2.85 per meal.

 

 

 

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Superintendent Conley Offers Congratulations to Principal of the Year for 2016-2017

Andrews Elementary

 

CHEROKEE COUNTY, N.C.- Congratulations to Andrews Elementary Principal Melissa Godfrey for winning the Principal of the Year award! Superintendent Dr. Jeana Conley, in the July 31st, 2017, Cherokee County School Board meeting said, “Congratulations to Ms. Melissa Godfrey, the Principal of Andrews Elementary, who was selected by her peers as the Principal of the Year for 2016-2017.”

 

“Congratulations to Ms. Melissa Godfrey, the Principal of Andrews Elementary, who was selected by her peers as the Principal of the Year for 2016-2017.”

 

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