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Laurel students make presentation to school board on importance of art

The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. As renovations continue at the Johnson County Schools administrative offices, the meeting location changes each month. The November meeting was held at Laurel Elementary School.
Since the meeting venue has been operating on a rotational schedule, it has become customary for the host school to present the board with a short presentation. Laurel Elementary School Principal Charles Lentz chose to focus his presentation on the arts in education. Along with art teacher Matt Blevins, Principal Lentz presented a slideshow detailing the importance of art for both enrichment and excellence in academics. Several Laurel Elementary School students also attended the November meeting to present their various works of art to the board. Blevins also excitedly announced that he was recently offered a full-time position to teach art at Johnson County Schools. Principal Lentz concluded the presentation by saying, “I challenge our board members to not only continue to support the arts but to expand the arts in Johnson County Schools.”
Several Laurel Elementary School students were presented with awards at the November meeting for achieving at least a 30% increase on the benchmark assessment. The board stated that they would like to continue honoring students for achievements at future meetings.
Following the approval of the consent agenda which contained items like an overnight field trip to Myrtle Beach for the Johnson County High School Varsity Basketball team – Student School Board Member Abigail Reece gave her report to the board. Reece began her report by mentioning the new Criminal Justice program, which will replace Michael Eggers Marketing class as Eggers agreed to take over the JCHS Drama program. “Enrollment was down for Marketing,” said Director of Schools Mischelle Simcox, “and Criminal Justice is something the students said they were interested in.” Reece went on to inform the board of several philanthropic efforts on the part of JCHS students and staff including a food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank and participation in “No Shave November,” which will help to raise proceeds that will be donated to an organization that helps young amputees. Reece went on to update the board on the close of the football season and the end of the JCHS band’s marching season. Both the football team and the band can boast several accomplishments throughout the 2014 season including a Carroll County festival where the band placed first overall. Reece concluded her report by expressing her excitement about the Tennessee School Board Association Conference in Nashville.
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