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Grant for possible school-based heath clinic available

After unanimous approval of the consent agenda as presented at the November meeting of the Johnson County Board of Education got down to business approving purchase of new locksets at the high school, and health education equipment. Several copier leases were also approved.
A discussion ensued after Chairman Gerald Buckles introduced a potential grant available for obtaining school based health clinic grant funds. “In order to apply for the grant the board is asked to review the partnership and sign a letter of support,” explained Buckles. “The partnership would require Johnson County Schools to provide space and utilities.” The grant, which revolves around the possibility of getting a school based health clinic established at Roan Creek Elementary School for students and staff, includes
New Access Point in partnership with the Mountain City Extended Hours Clinic, which is operated by East Tennessee State University wishes to provide the school health clinic. Roan Creek Elementary Principal, Dana Stafford, voiced concern that the proposed location would eliminate the school’s cardio room. Board member Howard Carlton addressed the concern as legitimate, but suggested the cardio room could be relocated to another classroom not currently being utilized if, in fact, the grant is awarded for this project.
Student school board representative Joshua Hamilton provided an informative report, which included updates on the marching band’s successful season and the drama department’s upcoming production of “Little Women.”
A budget update was given by Russell Robinson indicating a slight increase in property tax and sales tax collections in relation to the same time last year. “October is the first month of any collections for current year property taxes,” Robinson reported. “In a one-month review of taxes realized from October 2009 to October 2010 collections were up over last year. The system collected a little over $100,000 more in October 2010 as compared to October 2009.” Robinson indicates it is too early yet to determine if this trend will continue.
The following personnel decisions were presented by the Director of Schools —
Retirement —Magdalene Roark as JCHS custodian.
Hires — Kimberly Hilyer at RCE Kids Corral Childcare, Deanna Snyder as homebound teacher, Barbara Hensley as JCHS custodian, Joyce Tugman as substitute school nurse, Diana Wagner as nutrition employee for RCE, Kelly Greer as nutrition employee for MCE, Debbie Bryant as nutrition employee for JCHS/JCMS, Cassandra Dowell as Special Education Asst. for RCE, Charlena Slimp as substitute teacher for Johnson County Schools, & Jennifer Holt as substitute for Alice Johnson.