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School Board business is routine for October

By Veronica Burniston
This month’s School Board meeting took place on October 10, 2013, at 6 p.m. in Heritage Hall. All members of the Board were present, except Bill Gambill.
The meeting began with Jamie Roberts speaking before the Board and audience about the Youth League Basketball’s recent successful year. He thanked the Board and local schools for their support and requested their assistance once more with helping the Youth League obtain facilities to practice and play their games in. The Board and all attending school principals approved his request and are looking forward to this year’s Youth League games.
Following Jamie Roberts, Kim Pope and Lisa Crowe presented “Celebrate My Drive” to the Board. “Celebrate My Drive” is a program that encourages safe, responsible teen driving. The program asks individuals in the community to log onto www.celebratemydrive.com and make a commitment daily from October 18th to October 26th to drive responsibly. The county with the most committed drivers (anyone over age 14 can commit) will win a $100,000 grant and possibly a concert by Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson. Upon hearing the presentation, the Board showed much enthusiasm for the program. Each member signed a “Celebrate My Drive” banner, which will be hung in Johnson County High School (JCHS), to show their support.
After approving the consent agenda, Blake Robinson, the student board member, reported on recent happenings with the high school. He informed the board about a recent Longhorn football victory against Sullivan North and the success of the drama department’s “The Curious Savage” that showed at Heritage Hall. Then Robinson continued his report, stating proudly that the Golf team finished their season in second place behind Sullivan South, and the JCHS band placed third in both the Chilhowie Apple Festival and in Ashe County. Robinson also mentioned the success of the National Honors Society’s Blood Drive, which collected 90 units of blood and received 36 first time donors.
Next, Lisa Arnold, the JCHS principal, spoke to the board about the pending location of this year’s prom. Due to construction at the golf course, the high school will be unable to use the facility this year. Arnold requested permission from the board to explore out-of-town options, particularly in Boone, North Carolina. The board approved this request. And as soon as locations are found, Arnold will return to the board for a second approval.
Following the prom discussion, the board approved a 60-month lease for the Sharp MX-M503N Copier with Saratoga Technologies, Inc. for JCHS that will cost $217.88 per month. The board also approved the implementation of graduation cords for NJCL Latin Honor Society for graduating seniors. These graduation cords will be rewarded to hardworking seniors who meet the difficult criteria of the Honor Society.
After all matters on the agenda had been addressed, the meeting was called to a close shortly after 7 p.m.