UPDATE 08/09: This story was updated to show that the City Commission will still need to approve the library card project before it begins. It was also updated to show that paraprofessionals at Williamson County Schools in Brentwood will be eligible.
By MATT BLOIS
The John P. Holt Brentwood Library is moving forward with a plan to offer library cards to paraprofessionals at Williamson County Schools in Brentwood, even if they live outside the city.
The Library Board voted to recommend the pilot program for paraprofessionals at a meeting on Wednesday morning. The City Commission will still need to vote on the plan before it’s approved.
“A lot of our paraprofessionals are outside the county and outside of Brentwood because they can’t afford to live in the city,” Library Board member Kathy Dooley-Smith said. “We’re talking about people who make $77 a day and deal with our most complicated students. Sometimes they need to read a book that helps them teach a child. They are hands on teachers for special needs kids.”
Teachers at Williamson County Schools can already get library cards whether they live in Brentwood or not. They need to have a Tennessee teacher certificate and proof of employment with Williamson County Schools.
People who live outside of Brentwood can get a library card, but they have to pay a fee. Residents of Williamson County who don’t live in Brentwood have to pay $50 per year, and residents of other counties have to pay $65 per year.
According to City Commissioner Betsy Crossley, who also sits on the library board, Brentwood residents contribute on average about $59 per year to the library through taxes.
Teachers and paraprofessionals would only be allowed to check out educational materials related to their classes.
The library would monitor what they are checking out and could revoke library cards if they check out materials for personal use.
The program would continue through the 2018 to 2019 school year.