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School Board approves graduation date

With 18 days missed for inclement winter weather, but with temperatures finally on the rise, the Johnson County School Board met in regular session on Thursday evening and began looking at the upcoming school year by officially setting the date for graduation.
“Johnson County High School graduation is scheduled for Saturday, May 21st at 10:00 a.m.,” announced Morris Woodring, Director of Schools. “We realize the weather is still volatile, but our graduating seniors need to order their invitations.”
The board approved changing April 21st, 2011, to an early dismissal day. “The state allows us to schedule three early dismissal days in a school year,” said Woodring, “and since we did not attend school leading up to the Christmas break, we would like to dismiss early the Thursday before spring break.”
Board member Howard Carlton requested pulling one issue from the consent agenda for clarification. “I would like to further discuss the proposed Rural Health Services Consortium agreement,” he said. Woodring explained the mobile health unit is ready to utilize; however, the contract is currently being reviewed by the attorneys for Rural Health. After the discussion, the consent agent was approved.
The board policy for view involved interscholastic athletics. Woodring explained the action of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) which loosens broad restrictions against home-schoolers who want to take part in sports at public schools. “The new rule merely encourages, rather than requires, schools to let them play,” explained Woodring, “and where permission is granted, the students must meet a list of 10 requirements, including registering with a local director of schools or private-school headmaster.” Also, those involved with church-related home-school programs would not be eligible because they are not required to register with a schools director, making it more difficult to monitor their academic progress. After the explanation, the board made no changes on Board Policy 4.301, leaving it “as is.”
Vice-Chair Ann Parsons was chosen as the Tennessee Legislative Network (TLN) representative and Howard Carlton was appointed to the board negotiating team. Kevin Long agreed to serve as the alternate board member for the team.
In other action, the board granted permission for the filing of the FCC 471 Priority II funding for proposed computer networking upgrade and expansion on the high school campus. Robert Sutherland, technology coordinator, explained the need for the upgrade and said it will encompass the entire campus including the high school, middle school and career and technical education center.
The board also approved renewal of the Adult Education contract with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.
Tenure candidates, who were treated to a reception before the meeting, were formally introduced. They are as follows: Doe Elementary – Patty Campbell, Tom Stanley; Mountain City Elementary – Heather Savery; Roan Creek Elementary – Rosetta Slemp; JCMS – Audrey Keys; JCHS – Alicia Smeltzer, Lisa Zeggert. The board will vote whether to award tenure to these educators at the April board meeting.
Due to anticipated time restrains involving the necessity of meeting requirements of the law for notifying certified personnel of election or non-election, May’s School Board meeting was moved up to May 9th, 2011.
Russell Robinson, School Finance Coordinator, presented an informative budget overview.
Student board members were in Nashville participating in Student Congress on Policies in Education, or SCOPE.
The following personnel decisions were presented by the Director of Schools –
Resignations– Keith Mullen as CTE automotive asst., Tommy Johnson and Wendy Hansen as bus drivers.
Hires – Larry Greer, Karyn Downey as bus drivers, and childcare workers for both Kid’s Corral at RCE and Kid’s Country at MCE,
Transfer – Nancy Lewis from substitute school nutrition to full-time school nutrition employee at Doe Elementary.
Retirement – Charlene Long as greenhouse technician at CTE.
Volunteer approvals – Kristy Herman and Tim Nelson as volunteer coaches for JCMS softball, and Sam Icenhour as volunteer coach for JCMS baseball.