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School board addresses multiple issues including financial management update

By Rebecca Herman

On April 14, the Johnson County School Board met for its monthly meeting; all board members were present. With the school year coming to a close, the board had many items on the agenda to discuss and approve.
The first items on the agenda were teacher and student recognition. Dr. Mischelle Simcox, Director of Schools, first presented student school board representatives, Will Sutherland and Marley Eggers, with their SCOPE certificates, which they received for attending the SCOPE conference this past March. Dr. Simcox presented certificates to members of the Johnson County High School (JCHS) HOSA team. These 11 students recently went to a competition and according to their teachers, Sonya Hammons and Tina Reece, seven of the students “placed in the top three, earning a state medal and advancement to the national competition.” Kourtney Tolley placed second in Dental Science; Shahnoa Greene, Carleigh Blair, Breana Blair, and Josie Ward placed third in Biomedical Debate Team; Channie Cretsinger and Emilie Icenhour placed third in Health Career Display. Other students who competed but did not place were Makenzie Leonard and Krista Summerow, CERT Skills; Rebecca Adams, Medical Terminology; Hailey Potter, Pathophysiology.
Dr. Simcox honored the Employee of the Month, who was chosen from the CTE program. This month the honor went to Sirrena Wiggins, who is an educational technician for Ag Science department. Wiggins has recently received her teaching certification and is currently working on her Masters in Ag Education. “Sirrena’s love for agriculture is almost as large as that she has for our students. She puts in countless hours helping them achieve their full potential and maintaining our facilities,” said Simcox.
Next on the agenda was a presentation from the Johnson County Middle School (JCMS) robotics club. These students put together a video to explain what they love about robotics and to express the importance of this club to the individual student as well as the community. Students impressed all in attendance with a demonstration of their robot. These students have worked hard this past school year to prepare for their first competition in which they placed and then moved on to the state competition, where they competed against 31 other robotics teams; the top five teams moved on the national competition and the JCMS Robotics team placed 6th, but are excited to take what they have learned this year and improve their robotics skills in hopes of competing again next year.
Tony Shipley addressed the school board. Shipley, who previously was a state representative for District Two, is currently running for State Senate. He discussed his previous work, which helped to advance Telemedicine in East Tennessee, which is currently being used in all Johnson County schools. Shipley said that he and his wife, Susan, would be spending a few days in Johnson County to meet with local leaders to discuss how Shipley can help the area.
The next items on the agenda approval of agenda and summer work list; these were approved.
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