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School board April meeting deals with end-of-school-year business

By Lacy Hilliard
The monthly meeting of the Johnson County School Board was called to order on Thursday, April 11. Board member Brad Dunn was inexplicably absent at April’s meeting and student school board representative Jacob McGlamery was also absent due to the Johnson County High School Band trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. All other board members were in attendance.
The first item on April’s agenda was on update on the operation of the Rural Health Consortiums mobile health unit, given by Michelle Goodbread. Goodbread gave a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the effectiveness of the mobile unit as well as gave a brief explanation of the operational functionality. The presentation showed that the mobile unit has served 398 patients this year including students, staff, and parents. Goodbread stated that the unit was able to return a total of 222 patients back to work/school and cited this data as proof of the mobile unit’s effectiveness. Goodbread also went on to discuss the Rural Health Consortium’s “Health Rocks” program. In cooperation with United Health Care, “Health Rocks” works to promote an increase in patients that receive annual physicals by offering them the chance to win a prize package when they receive a physical at the mobile unit. United Health Care and the Rural Health Consortium will continue to work to promote increased good health awareness throughout the community.
Blake Robinson filled in for Jacob McGlamery at the April meeting. Robinson gave a detailed report to the board and updated them on all the happenings at JCHS. Robinson proudly announced that the average ACT (American College Testing) score amongst JCHS juniors showed a significant increase this year, jumping over two points from a 17.65 to an average of 19.85. Robinson also reported that 31 new JCHS students were inducted into the National Honor Society on Monday, April 8. Lastly, Robinson stated that the recent American Red Cross Blood Drive boasted 30 new donors and that a record breaking 114 units of blood was collected.
Next at the April meeting a motion was made to approve the use of inmate labor for several district construction projects during summer break. Perhaps most significant is the addition of a walking trail at Laurel Elementary School. The walking trail project is a result of cooperation between the Laurel Elementary Parent Teacher Organization and Coordinated School Health. The trail will serve Laurel Elementary students and staff. The use of inmate labor for this and other district projects was approved.
Jewell Hamm was present at the April school board meeting to give an update on the adult education programs throughout the county and to seek board approval for the renewal of the adult education contract with the State of Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Due to state mandated budget cuts, resources for the Johnson County adult education program will be combined with the Carter County program. Due to the success of the Johnson County program, Hamm has been commissioned to oversee both the Johnson County and Carter County programs. The contract in the amount of approximately $160,000 for the 2013-2014 fiscal year gained board approval.
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