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RCS Employee Insider - October 20, 2016


October 20, 2016

Where will the next schools be built? School Board discussing options

Several new schools are in the pipeline throughout Rutherford County based on the proposed building plan under study by the School Board.

The proposal — which may come to a vote during the School Board's regular meeting tonight — includes eight new schools, seven renovations / additions to existing facilities and land purchases for future facilities over the next five years. 

Once the final proposal has been approved by the School Board, the proposal will proceed through the County Commission's committee process for funding consideration. The School Board will discuss the proposal during tonight's meeting, which can be streamed live online HERE and will be rebroadcast on Comcast Channel 19. CONTINUE READING

Insurance open enrollment deadline Oct. 30; all employees must respond

Now through Oct. 31 at NOON, all full-time or part-time benefit eligible employees have the opportunity to enroll (or decline) benefits.  If you want medical insurance in 2017, you must log-in and make an election or you won't have medical insurance effective Jan. 1, 2017.

If you do not have your annual enrollment materials, they can be located on-line at

READ THIS:  When you log-in to the system, choose the "Walk Me Through The Process" to begin enrollment/decline.  

Need help?  See the attached on how to get help selecting the best plan for you. If you need help completing enrollment/decline on-line, call 615-898-7715 x 0 to make an appointment.  

Want more info, watch this video:

Open Enrollment info.pdf 

‘Play to Win’

After completing career as an educator, School Board member Jim Estes continues to advocate for teachers and a hands-on approach to learning


As a retired teacher and coach, School Board Vice Chairman Jim Estes wants to be a voice for educators on the board and prefers to find ways for students to practice hands-on learning. He spent 21 years working with students while at Oakland High School.

Until the spring of 1997, no girls’ softball team from Region 4 had advanced to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state championship tournament.

That year, Jim Estes taught the Oakland High School team an essential life-lesson. He taught them the importance of playing to win. It wasn’t necessarily always about winning, so much as it was a lesson about always playing their best.

“Everybody says winning is not everything,” Estes explained. “Well, in a way that’s true, but playing to win is everything.”

Estes grew up playing to win.

He and his wife Sandra raised their own kids to do the same.

And as a coach – Estes has coached both softball and soccer – he wanted to instill the same virtues in his players, and as an auto mechanics teacher, he wanted his students to know the importance of doing their best. CONTINUE READING


Juvenile Court hosting open house on Nov. 3, 4-6 p.m.

The Rutherford County Juvenile Court will host its 7th Annual Open House on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 4-6 p.m. The court will offer a guided tour of the detention facility and educational booths. Please RSVP to 615-217-0061 or [email protected].

All families are invited. See attached flyer for the complete details. Juvenile Court invitation.docx 

tnAchieves still needs 282 mentors for Rutherford, deadline Nov. 20

tnAchieves is looking for mentors to work with students from the Class of 2017, in partnership with Gov. Haslam’s TN Promise. TN Promise allows every student in the state the opportunity to attend a local community or technical college tuition free. 

Most of the students they serve are low-income, first-generation college attendees and need a little extra support, according to tnAchieves officials.  Mentors remind students of important deadlines, serve as a trusted college resource and encourage students to reach their full potential.  The time commitment is small, only about one hour per month, but the impact can be life changing for students hoping to better their lives.  For more information or to apply please visit

Rutherford County still needs 282 mentors to reach its mandatory goal, according to tnAchieves figures. The deadline to apply is Nov. 20. 



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