Carter County school administrators not yet ready to change alcohol policy


CARTER COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Carter County school administrators say they need more time to develop a new district alcohol policy.

Director of Schools Dr. Kevin Ward expected the school board to change its current policy at tonight’s meeting. Under that policy, teachers are allowed to show up to work with a .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration, which is the legal driving limit.

At tonight’s meeting, administrators said they’re still collecting recommendations for the new policy and are not yet ready to present a recommendation.

Our Community Watchdog investigation earlier this month concluded Carter County’s policy allows the highest alcohol limit for school employees in all of Northeast Tennessee.

After hearing our findings, the director of schools pledged to re-evaluate the policy, which he said was crafted after another Tennessee county. Dr. Kevin Ward said Carter County has never had to use the alcohol portion of the policy.

“I’m pretty sure our policy will be changed,” Dr. Ward said earlier this week.

The director of schools said he expects the school board to lower the maximum allowable BAC to one similar to other area districts.

Tonight’s school board meeting followed a workshop last week, which included a visit by the sheriff to explain BAC levels.Copyright WJHL 2017. All rights reserved.

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