By Rebecca Herman
Johnson County School Board members met on Thursday, October 13 for their monthly meeting; all board members were present.
The meeting began with the employee recognition. Amanda Mullins and Amanda McGlamery, from Coordinated School Health, were honored for October. “These ladies work tirelessly to keep teachers and administrators on track with physical fitness and emotional health requirements for students. They coordinate many events for students including DARE, Family Life, Girls on the Go, and BAM…both ladies also teach an exercise class on Tuesdays and Thursdays for staff and community members,” said Angie Wills, supervisor of elementary education.
Jerry Gentry addressed the board to ask permission for the Johnson County Youth League Basketball team to use the facilities at Mountain City Elementary and Laurel Elementary for practice and Doe Elementary and Roan Creek Elementary for games. The board approved this request. School Board member Mike Payne also volunteered the use of Forge Creek Community Center if a need were to arise for an additional practice space.
There was a brief discussion on season passes for the youth league basketball games. According to Gentry, last year they did not sell as many season passes as they had hoped because the passes were not available early in the season, but the plan was to sell them earlier. The price of the passes will depend on the number of games played.
The board members then discussed the need for a school board member from another school system to come to a Johnson County School Board meeting in order to evaluate a board meeting. This is a requirement from the Tennessee Schools Board Association and needs to be completed every two years. The board asked Lorie Murray to contact someone from the Carter County School Board.
Next, student school board member, Marly Eggers, gave her report on Johnson County High School. Eggers said that seniors had their first Tennessee Promise meeting on October 6. According to Eggers, the NHS and National Technical Honor Society held a blood drive on September 28, which was very successful. The goal was 84-units and they reached 101 total units. Upcoming events include report cards being handed out on October 18, the Robotics Club traveling to Nashville 28-30 for a competition, and a Trunk or Treat event on Monday, October 31 at Johnson County High School.
School Board members then discussed the approval of the Johnson County High School Senior Prom scheduled to be held at Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City, Tennessee. There was some concern about seniors traveling so far. Career Technical Center Director, Herbie Adams, explained that most of the seniors end up traveling to Johnson City or Boone, North Carolina to go an eat dinner and then drive back to Mountain City for prom and then travel to Boone after prom to go bowling, so ultimately students end up on the road more. Adams also said that there have been two other proms outside of the county in the past few years with no problems. The school board approved the request to have prom at the Carnegie Hotel.
The school board approved the sale of the Shoun’s property, land and buildings, which sold for $281,000.
Tina Lipford gave the budget update next, explaining that she had met with the auditor, who was pleased with the work that had been done. There was one finding, which was on a purchase order that had been submitted after the item had already been purchased. The auditor also requested that future bids be better advertised. Overall, the auditor was “very complimentary.”
Dr. Mischelle Simcox gave her report next. She said that the fall district meeting was a big success and said that she has received many compliments on the meal, which was provided by Kathy McCulloch and Barry Bishop. She also discussed the upcoming Tennessee School Boards Association conference.
The next school board meeting will be on November 10 at 6:00 pm.