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Johnson County Schools readies for 2014-15 year

By Lacy Hilliard
Dr. Mischelle Simcox took her place behind the golden “Director of Schools” nameplate for the first time at the July School Board meeting. Board Members Howard Carlton and Bill Gambill were absent and Junior Student School Board Representative William Sutherland was present at the July meeting to fill in for newly elected Student School Board Representative Abigail Reece who was absent due to a previously planned mission trip.
The first item up for board approval was the July consent agenda. The consent agenda consisted of items such as a request to renew the schools Discovery Education subscription, which provides students and educators with various educational resources and a request for approval to renew the school’s contract with Bennett’s Termite and Pest Elimination Service in the amount of $7,800. All items on the consent agenda gained board approval.
Following the approval of the consent agenda, William Sutherland gave his report. Sutherland reported that the new library at Johnson County High School is “now complete and looks great thanks to the inmate labor provided by the Northeast Correctional Center and (the JCHS) maintenance department.” Sutherland went on to highlight several important dates for JCHS students and educators including Freshman Orientation, which is set for July 25 and the National Honor Society’s team building and leadership day, which is scheduled for July 25 as well. Sutherland also offered congratulations to recent JCHS graduate Patrick South who was recently named winner of the Pappy Thompson award from the Bristol Herald Courier. South is the first Johnson County resident to receive the Pappy Thompson award, which is given for excellence in academics, athletics and citizenship.
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