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"Prep Coach of the Year" Adam Caine, football team honored by BOE
Karen House
Tue Dec 6 10:48:40 2016
Dec. 6, 2016 -- The Sequatchie County Board of Education (BOE) recognized the 2016 SCHS Indians football team at their Dec. 5 meeting, and learned from high school Principal Tommy Layne that Head Coach Adam Caine has been chosen regional Prep Coach of the Year for the Chattanooga area.

The Indians finished their regular season play without a single loss, and Alcoa -- the team that beat them in the playoffs -- fought their way to 3A state champions. Today Coach Caine was headed to Chattanooga for the official announcement of his selection as 2016 Prep Coach of the Year.

"This team has given us a lot of thrills," Layne told the school board. "The entire student body got behind them."

Sequatchie County Indians Head Coach Adam Caine has been named Chattanooga-area 2016 Prep Coach of the Year. He and his team were recognized at the Dec. 5 school board meeting.

"Obviously, they're a spectacular group," Coach Caine said in addressing the board. "As long as I coach, this will probably be my favorite group of kids. They cared about winning. They cared about each other. They cared about winning the right way. They've got a lot of class. Whether we played here or away, the officials would come to me and tell me how well-behaved these guys are."

What his men learned on the field will benefit them throughout life, Caine said.

One of the football players at the meeting wore a shirt with the tale of the scoreboard.

"It's not going to stop here," he said. "They're going to be successful in their futures. They're going to be fantastic husbands and fathers. Never underestimate the lessons that can be learned on a football field, or on a basketball court."

Caine marveled as he looked back over the year past.

"What an amazing run that was!" he remarked. "November 26th was one of the biggest events this town's ever seen. We acquitted ourselves well against a really good team that went on to win a state title."

The Indians football team, Region 4-3A champs, went 13-0 for the year, and were only stopped in the end by Alcoa, which went on to win the state championship. Team members were honored at Monday night's Board of Education meeting.

"Whenever any of us get the opportunity, we should tell somebody about the 2016 Sequatchie football team," he said.

"We all had a fun ride," Board Chairman Shelli Dodson said in thanking the team. Then each of the team members present stood and introduced himself, and the team and coaches received a standing ovation from those at the meeting.

In regular business, the BOE heard from Career/Technical Education (CTE) Supervisor Melissa Tibbs about the standardized testing results from last year, called TNReady Assessment.

A confusing series of glitches in the internet connection last year resulted in tremendous delays, but Tibbs notified the BOE that results would be out later this month, and she would email those results to school board members when they are released. Teachers' potential for pay increases is linked to the results of this testing, so there has been a delay in raises, as well.

"Over all, it seemed we did fairly well," Tibbs noted. The high school has already begun testing for this year, she said, but this time they are testing with pencil and paper.

BOE board member Christy Vandergriff mentioned that a state-instituted "Kindergarten Readiness Assessment" will be implemented in fall 2017, but the board will discuss that at a later date.

In other business, the BOE:

o Accepted a bid for two buses submitted by Thomas buses: An 84-passenger school bus and a specially equipped special needs bus, for $186,800. There was one other bid, from Blue Bird, but it was slightly higher.

o Approved members for the textbook committee.

o Accepted a bid of $39,840 from Helton Roofing to put a new roof over the science and art wing of Griffith Elementary School. Helton's was the only bid.

o Heard Director of Schools Pete Swafford inform the board that a real estate company interested in some property, which the school system has surplussed to sell, asked that they divide the parcel on Hwy. 28, to sell part of it separately. The board will make a decision on that request at a later date. .

All votes were unanimous, and all members except Greg Johnson were present at the meeting.

The next meeting of the Sequatchie County Board of Education is set for Monday, Jan. 9, with a working session planned for Jan. 5. All school board meetings are open to the public.