By Rebecca Herman
Johnson County School Board members met on Thursday, September 14 for their regularly scheduled meeting; all members were present. The first item addressed was electing a new board chairman and vice-chairman. Kenneth Gregg was voted in as chairman and Howard Carlton was voted in as vice-chairman.
Supervisor of 7-12 Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Stephen Long, recognized the Johnson County High School senior football players and coaching team. As of Thursday, the team was number four in the state and won Friday night’s game against West Greene. Long said, “We are proud of these young men; they represent themselves well and they represent Johnson County well.” Nathan Arnold, senior football player, was also chosen as WCYB and WJHL’s player of the week. Long also honored Head Coach Don Kerley and other coaching staff members.
Student school board member, Chase McGlamery, gave his report. He explained that the football team is “four and 0, which is our highest winning streak in 11 years!” The JCHS golf team also is doing well, by placing third in the district and will be going to regionals. The FFA went to a horse judging competition, where they placed 24th in the state and second in East Tennessee. McGlamery spoke about the ACT and the 45 seniors prepping to retake this test. According to McGlamery, these students have the “opportunity to take advantage of a three hour Mastery Prep Boot Camp course on September 25, which is projected to increase our average composite score.”
The board approved the following items on the agenda:
Overnight field trips for the Robotics Team, JCHS Thespian Troupe, FFA, Latin and Spanish Clubs; the National Spanish Honor Society students to wear tassels and chords at graduation; the contract to audit accounts for the activity funds and U.S.D.A procedures with Lewis and Associates; the purchase of two Simulaids Smart Basic Mannequins and one training bed with headwall from Pocket Nurse was also approved. These items are being funded by a grant, which was written by CTE Director, Herbie Adams. These “interactive mannequins will help our medical students simulate working on real patients,” he stated.
Director of Schools, Dr. Mischelle Simcox, reminded the board that the fall district meeting is coming up on September 18, the TSBA annual conference will be November 2-5, and that due to fall break in October, the next school board meeting would be on October 5.
Board member Kevin Long reminded everyone about the Cranberry Festival, which will take place October 13-14. Board member Mike Payne thanked everyone for the work being done to help alleviate the traffic problems at some of the elementary schools. He said that the traffic seems to be under control now and thanked the administrators and the local police.