Safety at GCSSD

As a parent of two young boys, today’s events at Newtown Connecticut made me want to immediately go to their school and give them a big hug. I can’t imagine what those parents and community members are going through right now. My heart goes out to them.

I want you all to know that the safety of the children and employees at Gibson County Special School District is our highest priority at all times. Each school has a safety plan in place which is reviewed, updated, and practiced regularly.

Please help us keep our campuses safe by making sure you check in the front office when arriving on campus. If you see any safety concerns at your school please contact your school principal. At GCSSD, we will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to keep students and employees on our campuses safe.

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I had three groups that I wanted to recognize. I appreciate all that they have done to make GCSSD a great learning community.

  1. Medina Elementary School – The school was one of the preliminary reward schools selected by the Tennessee Department of Education. They achieved this status based on being in the top 5% in academic achievement.
  2. Kenton Elementary School – The state selected 10 schools in the state of Tennessee because of high academic achievement, value-added scores, and excellent results from a school climate survey. The state will be interviewing teachers and the administration to determine best practices that are occurring at Kenton Elementary.
  3. Dyer School – Boys basketball team won the TNT State Championship.

Congratulations and keep up the good work!

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Local Option Sales Tax, Your help is needed!

Gibson County Special School District is asking for your help. Right now out 136 school districts, Gibson County Special School District spends less per pupil than any other district in the state of Tennessee. We have tried to be good stewards with the tax dollars that are entrusted to us. Even though we are consistently spending less than other districts, we are consistently scoring higher on our end of year tests. This is a testament to the hard work of our teachers, students, parents, and community members. In the March election there will be a chance to vote on an issue that will help all schools in the county. Please see below for more information. We appreciate your support.


Why vote “FOR” the referendum to increase the Local Option Sales Tax Rate in Gibson County from 2.25% to 2.75%?

  • Redistributes” Local Option Sales Tax Dollars collected in the cities of Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton back to “ALL School Districts” in the county.
    • How does this redistribution occur?  Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton already have a 2.75% Local Option Sales Tax Rate.  However, only 2.25% is being split evenly between school districts and the point of sale (city or county).  The difference of .5% (one-half of one percent) is NOT being distributed. That .5% (one-half of one percent) is staying in Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton.  Citizens located within Gibson County Special School District and Bradford Special School District spend the majority of their hard earned money in the cities of Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton because that is where the majority of the retail businesses (Wal-Mart, Lowes), restaurants, and service establishments are located.  These funds should be redistributed back to the school districts for our students’ education.
    • What affect does this have on school districts?  This will increase funding for “ALL School Districts” (Bradford, Gibson County, Humboldt, Milan, and Trenton).
    • Provides much needed revenue for the education of our students.
    • Increases County Revenue.
    • Increases City Revenue for Bradford, Dyer, Gibson, Rutherford, and Yorkville.
    • MINIMIZES” the need for Property Tax Increases.
    • How does this affect the citizens in the affected areas?  It will cost you $.50 (fifty cents) per $100 spent for goods or services.  However, you are already spending the extra $.50 (fifty cents) per $100 on goods and services if purchased in Humboldt, Milan, Trenton, or surrounding counties.
    • By voting “FOR” the referendum to increase the Gibson County Local Option Sales Tax Rate from 2.25% to 2.75% and it passes, the whole amount of 2.75% will then be distributed per T.C.A. Code 67-6-712, 50% (1/2) to school districts, and 50% (1/2) to point of sale (city or county).

For additional information visit the Gibson County Special School District website at and click on “Local Option Sales Tax” located under “News” and listen to a “Narrated Presentation” or contact Terry Cunningham at (731) 692-3803.

If you are a “Registered Voter” and you live in the Bradford, Dyer, Gibson, Rutherford, and Yorkville, or County areas, vote “FOR” the referendum during early voting February 15 – February 28 or on March 6, 2012.  Your vote is very important!

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New Year

I hope everyone had a great break over the holidays. I always enjoy the opportunity to spend more time with family and friends. As we get ready for the spring semester, I am excited about the opportunities each student has when they walk through one of our school buildings. Our job is to provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the next phase of their life, whatever that might entail. This is not an easy feat and our teachers and administrators have to work hand in hand with all the stakeholders in order to achieve success.

Tuesday, I was able to spend some time listening to conversations teachers were having about best practices, power standards, common core standards, and common assessments. It was so invigorating to hear the professional conversations taking place amongst the staff. It is this type of environment that leads to continued success and achievement for our students.

I hope you have a great 2012!

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I wanted to congratulate the band for winning the Division II State Band Championship. I appreciate all the hard work that the students, directors, and parents put into this effort. It truly was an amazing show and something that I am sure the students will remember for a long time. I am confident that next year the band will continue to promote excellence in all things and put together another outstanding show.

I also wanted to congratulate the South Gibson County High School football team for making it to the playoffs.

Ever year that I am in the Gibson County Special School District I count myself lucky. It is a district that is unmatched in so many things. The faculty and staff are great to work with and the student body is the best mannered student body that I have had the chance to work with. I hope that we will continue down this path of excellence.

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District website

As we progress through the school year we are going to try and develop a district website that will be user friendly and provide the information you need. I have recently added the School Board meeting minutes and some information on busing. It is not complete and will be a work in progress so please be patient with us. If you have something that you would like to see added please send me an email.

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Junior High Football

I wanted to congratulate both the Junior Pioneers and the Medina Hornets on their bowl game victories. I appreciate the sportsmanship that was exhibited by the players this season. Thank you coaches for working hard and teaching your students the fundamentals about football. I also wanted to thank the parents for coming out and supporting your team.

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