By: Rebecca Herman
On May 12, the Johnson County School Board met at 6pm at Central Office. All board members were present, except Bill Gambill who was ill, and Kenneth Gregg who was out of town. The meeting began with a moment of silence and the pledge to the American flag.
The first item on the agenda was the employee recognition which came from central office. Rose Rasmussen and the counselors from each school chose to honor Mike Sumner. Sumner, who is a reserve officer for the Johnson County Sherriff’s Department, volunteers in the school system. According to Rasmussen, he “has spent 150 hours in various schools in our system this year. Mr. Mike has educated our students on several important issues such as emergency preparedness, gun safety, responsible use of social media, basic laws, and peer pressure.” Sumner has helped at-risk youth to see “law enforcement officials in a positive light, as one who might offer assistance and support.”
Next to speak was Tim Glascow from Mountain Air who came to explain the changes that will be made to the heating and cooling units at Roan Creek Elementary. “Our first priority is the students and we want to make sure they have a good, safe, and cool environment to work in,” said Glascow. He explained that the tubing in the geothermal units which are 14 years old is dry rotted. Glasgow said that he and his crew would be replacing the tubing at no cost to the school system. Once the tubing is replaced, Glascow wants to change the controls from “economy” to “comfort.” This will cost more on the electric bill, but will create a more comfortable environment for students and teachers.
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