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Graduation set for May 14; seven snow days left

By: Rebecca Herman
Freelance Writer

The Johnson County School board held its monthly meeting on February 11 despite the snowy weather conditions. All board members were present except Bill Gambill who is currently hospitalized at Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton.
The meeting began as usual with the recognition of the employee and student of the month. This month Lois Farley was chosen as employee of the month. JCHS principal Lisa Arnold explained why Farley was the perfect candidate for this title.
“Ms. Lois is like a mother hen to the staff and students of Johnson County High School. She is always making sure that our students are well fed and pleased with their meals. Her super kind spirit coupled with her strong work ethic makes her the ideal employee.”
Arnold also mentioned that Farley had a battle with Melanoma earlier this year but was eager to get back to work to “make sure we were all taken care of.”
The student of the month was nominated by Johnson County High School band director, Jacob Pitts, who chose Moriah Franklin. Franklin has excelled in academics and in her musical career. This year, Franklin placed third in the Blue Band in the East Tennessee All State East Senior clinic, which qualifies her to represent Johnson County High School in the Tennessee All State Band at the Tennessee Music Educators Association Conference in Nashville this April.
Next to speak was student school board representative, William Sutherland, who spoke briefly about the snow days missed and how students are restless and ready to get back to school. Sutherland also discussed some of the upcoming events for JCHS students. On March 21 through 24 fifteen HOSA members will be attending the state conference; FFA members will be traveling to the University of Tennessee on February 23 for a Good-Will tour and another group will be headed to Nashville on the 23 through 24 for a legislative visit; finally, six members of The Pride of Johnson County will be collaborating with both Carter and Unicoi County in the Tri-County Honors band next week.
Results for school calendar voting was the next item on the agenda. Rose Rasmussen spoke about creating three different school calendars and how teachers, staff, and administrators all had an opportunity to vote. The vote came out with an overwhelming amount voting for calendar number three, which is set up similarly to what is currently being used. Rasmussen asked for the board to approve the calendar for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 year. Rasmussen said that approving the calendar for two years will be helpful for teachers, coaches, and even parents because now events can be planned far in advance. The school board approved the calendar.
The board also approved the Johnson County High School graduation date for May 14, 2016, at 10:00 am. As of February 12, the school system has used 11 of the 18 days built into the calendar for snow days. If all these days are used, the school system will add additional days to the end of the school year. All students, except graduating seniors will have to attend school if these days are added.
There was an addendum to the agenda that dealt with the TN Ready testing and teacher evaluation.

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