By Rebecca Herman
The Johnson County School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 11; all members were present. The board began the meeting by recognizing the employee and students of the month.
Instructional assistant, Janet Townsend, was recognized as employee of the month. Townsend works at Laurel Elementary and according to Principal Leon Henley “is an example of someone that always is willing to go above and beyond,” for students and staff at the school. “In addition to her duties as an instructional assistant, or filling in as the secretary, nurse, RTI interventionist, lunch monitor, and the list goes on and on, she always does these duties without hesitation or complaint,“ Henley stated.
Next to be recognized were sixth graders, from Laurel Elementary who scored “exceeding” on one or more areas of the ACT Aspire Assessment. These students were Allen Forrester, Tristan Mains, Gabrielle Robbins, Aleena Summerow, Damon Thompson, and Christopher Williams.
Marly Eggers, student school board members, gave her final report on Johnson County High School. Eggers explained that seniors were excited that graduation was only days away and explained that underclassman would still have school Monday through Wednesday of the following week, with a half day on the 18th; report cards will be given out on the 18th as well. Eggers expressed her gratitude to the board and thanked them “for allowing me this opportunity, it has been an honor and I’m very pleased to have been able to participate. I know Chase (McGlamery) will do a good job next year and Renie Marrow the year after him.”
Board members approved an item that allows Edward Jones to be added as employee sponsor contractor. This will allow employees to choose between Edward Jones and Horace Mann for their match/benefits.
Barry Bishop addressed the board about two quotes for summer projects that needed approval. The first was from Keller Glassco Inc., who would be working on Mountain City Elementary’s entryway and a glass wall. The next quote was from Jones Hardwood Floors to replace the gym floor at Johnson County High School. Bishop explained that two companies sent in bids for the gym project, but Jones Hardwood Floors was the only company who could get the work done this summer. Bishop also explained that he and his crew would be pulling up the subflooring and that the price given included the artwork. The board approved both of these quotes.
School Finance Director, Tina Lipford, spoke about the budget. She explained that the system is on track and that they have worked hard to stay within the budget. She said that the county commission budget committee would be meeting in June and would want the school system’s 2017-2018 budget.
Director of Schools, Dr. Mischelle Simcox, ended the meeting with her system report. She told the board members that Principal Dana Smith, Shady Valley Elementary, was not present because she was being honored for coaching softball for 25 years. Each board members expressed gratitude to all the teachers and staff who made the 2016-2017 school year successful.
The next board meeting will be on June 8th at 6pm.