Platinum Partner Spotlight: NGU Risk Management, Inc.

Our May 2018 Platinum Partner Spotlight is an organization that has supported TOSS and school districts across TN for many years, NGU Risk Management, Inc.  

As Program Manager of the Tennessee Risk Management Trust, NGU is the risk management vendor of choice to over 100 TN public school systems. They provide the broadest package of P/C and workers compensation coverage for Tennessee public entities. Their services are second to none. Their claims and loss control staff, as well as their panel attorneys and other vendors, deal only with issues and claims involving TN schools.

NGU has 100+ public school system members, including Union City Schools, Monroe County Schools, Fayette County Schools, White County Schools, Wilson County Schools, Oak Ridge City Schools, Lebanon Special School District and Johnson County Schools.

"Thanks for your work in this crisis. TNRMT has been a blessing to our district." Troy Kilzer, Director of Schools, Chester County Schools

SUPERINTENDENT SPOTLIGHT: Dr. Steven Barnett (Johnson City Schools)

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TOSS's April Superintendent Spotlight is Dr. Steve Barnett who is finishing up his first year as Director of Schools in Johnson City.  It has been great welcoming Dr. Barnett to TOSS and getting to know him this year!  

Dr. Barnett shared with us two initiatives Johnson City Schools is currently working on.  First, they are now offering the Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma for students at Science Hill High School, which will include a new year-long seminar and research component.  Additionally, they are supporting their 1:1 Digital Transformation in grades 3-12 by entering year three of their technology teacher leader initiative.  This is building capacity in their schools to lead the changes in teaching and learning that new technologies are bringing to schools.

We asked Dr. Barnett what his favorite part of his job is.  He said, "we have so much to accomplish and so many different things to do and work on each day. It's exciting to get up each day and make decisions that impact our students and teachers in positive ways." 

Fun Fact: Dr. Barnett is the 5th of 12 children!  He said that having 11 siblings taught him to appreciate the things in life that really matter. 



Platinum Partner Spotlight: Education Networks of America (ENA)

TOSS is excited to begin a new segment on our website to spotlight our many wonderful and supportive Platinum Partners.  The work we do would not be possible without them! 

Our January 2018 Platinum Partner Spotlight is our longest running partnership, Education Networks of America (ENA).  ENA has been partnering with TOSS since 2002! 

Education Networks of America (ENA) delivers transformative technology solutions supported by exceptional customer care. Founded in 1996, ENA began with a vision to provide Internet access to every K–12 school in Tennessee, and they made that vision a reality by creating one of the first statewide K–12 networks in the nation. Today, that vision has been greatly expanded, and ENA now delivers broadband, Wi-Fi/LAN, communication, cloud, and security services to education and library institutions across the nation. Empowered by solutions that save them time, money, and frustration, ENA’s customers can focus on what matters most: preparing students, strengthening communities, and building leading educational enterprises.

ENA is privileged to provide services to 94 percent of Tennessee school districts. Additionally, ENA serves several of the state’s private K–12 schools and higher education institutions.

“ENA has been a valuable partner of ours for several years. Because they only serve education and libraries, they possess a keen understanding of our unique needs and challenges. They put students first and always go the extra mile to ensure they are meeting and exceeding our expectations. “ - Dr. Melanie Miller, Director of Schools, Athens City Schools

SUPERINTENDENT SPOTLIGHT: Leah Rice Watkins (Roane County)

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With a new year comes a new Superintendent Spotlight!  For January 2018, the TOSS Superintendent Spotlight is Dr. Leah Rice Watkins who is currently in her second year as the Director of Schools in Roane County. 

There are a lot of exciting things happening in Roane County Schools right now, but just to name a few: 

  • 1:World technology implementation
  • Transition to a Google District
  • Amazing leadership team
  • Recognition as an Exemplary School District
  • Improvement from a Level 1 in Literacy to a Level 5 in Literacy

When asked what her favorite part of her job is, Dr. Watkins said, "Every day brings new challenges!  I love the pace and the learning curve present with this roll.  I also have had the opportunity to meet so many amazing people through the system and county." 

Fun Fact about Dr. Watkins: She loves gardening and working outside (fencing, farming, yard work, etc.)! 

Keep up the great work, Dr. Watkins and Roane County Schools!  

SUPERINTENDENT SPOTLIGHT: Dr. David Snowden (Franklin Special School District)

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The TOSS Superintendent Spotlight for October is Dr. David Snowden.  He has been the superintendent of the Franklin Special School District for nearly 17 years! 

In Dr. Snowden's district, they have been working on several exciting initiatives.  They have just completed their 1:1 initiative for grades 5-8, and are looking forward to expanding to lower grades soon.  Another exciting project is their STEM initiative in grades 6-8 called "A World in Motion," which is in partnership with Nissan Corporation.  

Dr. Snowden shared that his favorite part of this job is having the opportunity to work with a great team of educators and a supportive Board of Education to positively impact the lives of their students each and every day.  

When asked what his favorite memory is from his time as FSSD superintendent, Dr. Snowden said: "My favorite memory is when the Franklin Community rallied to support my former community (Pascagoula, MS) after Hurricane Katrina. The efforts began to collect a small van load of basic supplies and ended by filling two eighteen-wheelers within 30 hours. I had known this was a special community before that event but those monumental efforts truly substantiated that this was a caring and generous area! My friends in Pascagoula still talk about those efforts people in Franklin made for them after that disaster."

Thank you for sharing, Dr. Snowden, and keep up the great work!