Left to right, retirees Kim Garrett (standing in for her husband Don), Barbara Hampton, Margaret Wallace, Jewel Harmon, Sharon Wallace, Carol Russom, and Wayne Shepherd along with Johnson County Director of Schools Mischelle Simcox.

By Rebecca Herman

The Johnson County School Board honored all retirees during the June board meeting. Ten teachers, educators, and staff completed their careers in the Johnson County School System in the 2016-2017 school year.
Those retiring were Barbara Hampton, Dr. Bridgette Hackett, Jahala Thompson, Dr. Don Garrett, Margaret Wallace, Jewel Harmon, Sharon Wallace, Carol Russom, Wayne Shepherd, and Dwayne Arney.
The school board welcomed student school board members Chase McGlamery and Renie Morrow. McGlamery will be taking over for Marly Eggers, who graduated in May.
The board approved the consent agenda which included upcoming overnight field trips for three groups: the JCHS Cheerleaders to travel to Orlando, Florida in September 2017; the JCMS History Club’s trip to Washington, D.C.; and the JCHS German Club’s trip to England, France, and The Alps in June 2018.
Also approved within the consent agenda was the continuation of Coordinated School Health for the 2017-2018 school year and for the 2018 JCHS prom to be held at Carnegie in Johnson City, TN.
Barry Bishop gave an update on summer projects. The Shady Valley Elementary gazebo project was completed and is now American Disability Act compliant. A few projects are currently on hold while they wait on supplies, but Bishop said he is confident all projects will be completed before school begins. Bishop also updated the school board on the bridge project that will be done this fall/winter at the entrance of Johnson County High School (JCHS) and Johnson County Middle School (JCMS). The bid will open in August and the installation should be able to begin in October. “The new bridge is pre-fab, so it can be installed in the winter months without any problems,” Barry Bishop said. Bishop also told board members that a practice field is being built behind JCMS; board members suggested adding parking to the current baseball and softball fields. Bishop said this could easily be done and that the maintenance department needed fill dirt, so this project would help accomplish this need.
Dr. Mischelle Simcox explained to the board that the school system has still not received final testing data from the state and report cards have not been issued due to this delay. Simcox said that the state is placing the blame on the testing company, Questar, who has yet to complete the grading of the end of year tests. Due to these delays, final grades for grades three through eight will have the end of year test scores factored in.
Dr. Simcox and other administers have also been working have been working on filling various positions in the school system. New hires include: Gale Moretz, Mountain City Elementary custodian; Jeffrey Lewis, JCHS Custodian; Jennifer Harry, JCHS Receptionist; Aleena Boone, Johnson County Schools, Speech Language Pathologist; Hannah Calhoun, JCMS teacher; Rebecca Hilton, JCMS Special Education teacher; Harlie Cornett, Mountain City Elementary teacher; Cassidy Burks, JCHS school counselor; Rebecca Byers, JCHS Chemistry teacher, Garry Cole, Johnson County Vocational School, Career Technical Center( CTE) construction teacher; James McCulloch, Johnson County Vocational School, CTE Construction teacher; and Robert McDaniel, JCHS ESC teacher.
The next school board meeting will be July 13 at 6pm.