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School Board approves ‘Kids Hope USA’ program

By Lacy Hilliard
The monthly meeting of the Johnson County School board was called to order on March 14, 2013. The board was eager to attend to this month’s agenda. All members of the board were present; however, Student Board Representative Jacob McGlamery was absent due to his commitment to last weekend’s JCHS Player’s production of “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Filling in for McGlamery was future student representative, Blake Robinson.
Up first was Robinson with his student report. He reported that JCHS had an extremely successful freshman orientation with most future JCHS freshmen and their parents in attendance. Next Robinson reported that Johnson County High School juniors are busy with preparations for the ACT, which took place on Tuesday, March 19. Gear Up Site Coordinator Stephanie Shores organized ACT preparatory courses every day in the week prior to the test day. All juniors were welcomed and encouraged to attend the sessions. Robinson also informed the board that the JCHS prom will take place at Red Tail Mountain Golf Course on April 26. Lastly, Robinson was “excited to announce” that two JCHS seniors were awarded at the Health Occupation and Sciences Organization (HOSA) State Leadership Conference and Competition. Ryan Guzman placed third in the extemporaneous writing category and Kaitlynn Stout placed second in the home health aide portion of the competition. Both students earned a spot to compete at the national level, which will take place in June. Robinson cited this as a major milestone for JCHS because the district has not qualified for the National HOSA Competition in over 15 years.
The next item on the agenda was a proposal by Roan Creek Baptist Church. The proposal was for the implementation of the Kids Hope USA program at Roan Creek Elementary School. Several members of Roan Creek Baptist have received training for the program, which attempts to identify at-risk youth and provide them with a one-on-one mentor experience. Parental consent is required prior to the child’s involvement with the program. Pastor Dave Hankal and Youth Pastor Uriah Fletcher were in attendance to inform the board of the benefits of the Kids Hope USA program. Hankal informed the board that his personal mission and the mission of his congregation is to utilize the program to “give hopeless kids hope, love, and acceptance.” An assurance was also made that background checks are a requirement for any volunteer involved in the program. Program volunteers are also required to undergo specialized training that prepared them for mentoring to troubled youth. The implementation of the Kids Hope USA program gained board approval.
Up next for board approval were two purchase proposals. First was the purchase of an EZ220 Risograph machine for use at Johnson County Middle School. The machine will be purchased with monies from the school activity fund in the amount of $115.27 per month for 60 months from Saratoga Technologies. The next purchase listed on the agenda was a special needs bus. The bus will be purchased from Mid-South Bus Sales Incorporated in the amount of $91,713. Reimbursement for the purchase of the bus will be provided through the IDEA fund of a period of three to five years. The board approved both purchase proposals after questions were satisfied about the make, model, and price of the bus.
The board was required to choose a representative to attend the Tennessee Legislative Network (TLN) conference. Howard Carlton informed the board that this conference is a good opportunity to gain insight into the legal practices of school board operation. Board Member Kevin Long was nominated and approved to represent Johnson County at the conference.
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