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After 12 years, school board bids farewell to Kenneth Gregg

Johnson County schools opened the new school year with a half-day registration session last Friday, August 6th, with an enrollment of 2,038 students in grades one through 12, up 11 students from the previous school year.
“We are off to a great start this year,” said Director of Schools Morris Woodring. “Everything seems to be going smooth A lot of work went into getting school back in session.”
After serving Johnson County for 12 years, Kenneth Gregg participated in his last meeting Thursday evening as a member of the Johnson County Board of Education. Gregg, who was narrowly defeated in the August general election for the third district school board seat, humbly thanked the board for the outpouring of support. “Being on the board has been a lot more benefit to me than I have been to Johnson County Schools,” he said before being presented with a plaque of appreciation from school board chairman Howard Carlton and director of schools Morris Woodring.
Josh Hamilton, Student School Board member, was happy to report that the school year is off to a terrific start in the halls of Johnson County High School. “A lot is going on as the year begins,” he reported, “but students and teachers are off to a great start.” Hamilton made the board aware of several upcoming events including “Race to the Top” training for teachers, school photo day, the golf and football teams’ jamborees, the volleyball team’s tournament and the marching band’s recent band camp.
As part of the consent agenda, the board of education approved both a management team, and a discipline hearing authority committee for the new school year in addition to an overnight field trip for the JCHS band to participate in concert festival in Orlando, Florida in the spring. Also approved was an agreement for pest control with Bennett’s Termite & Pest Elimination.
The 2009-2010 agreement between the Johnson County Education Association and Johnson County Board of Education was also approved.
Russell Robinson, School Finance Coordinator, briefed members of the board as to budget status. “We’re still in the closing process,” he reported. “Although we are now operating in a new year, financial reports are still being finalized and certified to close out the year.” Robinson did report that “maintenance of effort” was achieved by the county for the previous school year by an estimated $4,500. Woodring quickly pointed out that due to the realization of “negative growth” for the past two years, a penny is generating less than it did last year.” Early indications show county property taxes down some $36,000 from projected amounts and sales taxes also lagging behind projections by just over $11,000.
The following personnel decisions were presented:
Transfers – Wayne Shepherd from materials clerk to custodian/maintenance and Eric Clifton from mowing/bus driver to dispatch/materials clerk.
Hires – Robbie McCulloch as JCHS girls asst. basketball coach, Robin Lee as JCHS asst. cheerleading coach, Sarah Campbell as CSH health counselor, Albert Strahorn as bus driver, Edsel Smith, Jr. as mowing/bus driver, Penny Gentry as JCHS track coach, Nicholas Perkins as JCMS Special Education teacher and JCHS asst. baseball coach, Lynne Fortener as Special Education teacher at Doe, Gary Horne a JCMS asst. football coach, Michelee Henson as part-time instructional asst. at SVE, Keith Mullen as school nutrition food stocker, Jane Winters as part-time librarian at SVE, Christi Gentry as substitute for Teresa Mullen at MCE
A list of the 2010-2011 School nutrition substitutes, custodial substitutes, and substitute teachers were also presented.
Volunteers – Tom Kerley, JCMS football