By Rebecca Herman
The monthly school board meeting took place on Thursday, March 10 with all school board members present including Bill Gambill who has been battling serious illness. The meeting began with the recognition of the Employee of the Month from Johnson County Middle School.
The employee chosen this month was Kelly Shephard. According to Principal Edna Miller, Shephard
“greets every student with a smile and genuinely cares for their total well-being. Students are often seen gathered around her, and I often hear, ‘I love you, Mrs. Shepherd!’” Miller also said that Shephard goes above and beyond what is asked of her, and it has been her pleasure to work with her every day.
Next to be honored were JCMS middle school students who scored in the top 10 percent on the ACT Explore test; this test helps students prepare for the ACT, which will be taken when they reach the 11th grade. The following students scored in the top 10 percent: Joey Bilodeau, Ryan Bilodeau, Hazlee Kleine, Serena Leonard, Stephanie Mullins, Angel Mullis, Preston Smith, Lucas Walters, Zachary Whitehead, Jordan Williams, Dalton Sluder, Dylan Simcox, Angela Lipford, Emily Irizarry, and Taylor Parsons.
Katie Kriley from Shady Elementary was then recognized for placing second in the state for her poster for the Tar Wars State Poster Contest. This contest was open to 4th graders and some 3rd graders during the fall of 2015.
The next item on the agenda was Charlie Jennings from the Johnson County Youth Football League asking permission to use the high school football field for games. Jennings began the discussion with an apology for any issues and problems that might have occurred in the past during youth league functions. He explained that he has personally played in the youth league as a child, which prepared him to play football in middle and high school. Jennings now has a child in the program and wants his child and others to have a positive and fun experience. Jennings had spoken to several people in the community about using various areas, but none of these fields worked out. School board member Howard Carlton suggested that Jennings speak with both Lisa Arnold and Don Kerley about using the JCHS football field or Dr. Cheri Long, principal at Roan Creek Elementary, about using a field behind that school. Howard said once an agreement was made, then the school board would approve the location. Howard also said he understands the frustration of finding a location to play these games, but “a lot of money goes into these programs, so we need to make sure the programs we have do have good facilities so that these kids have a great place to play when they get to middle and high school.”
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