By: Lacy Hilliard
The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, March 12. The March meeting took place at Johnson County High School as the board continues to rotate its meeting location between each school in the district. The rotation is due to ongoing construction on the central office boardroom, which reportedly may be completed in time for Aprils board meeting.
The board began their March meeting by recognizing several Johnson County High School students for achieving 30 or higher on the ACT a college assessment examination required for any student wishing to enter into the world of higher education. The following JCHS students achieved 30 or higher on the ACT: Nathaniel Plyler, Alberto Rosado, Mitchell Stockinger, Nathan Timbs and Kassidy Foley. Following the recognition of the exceptional high school students, Dr. Mischelle Simcox announced that each month she will spotlight one worthy employee in order to show appreciation for their dedication to the education and well-being of Johnson Countys children. This month, Simcox chose to recognize Pete Winters for his friendly smile and positive attitude.
Following the approval of the consent agenda, which warranted no further discussion, William Sutherland, the Junior School Board Representative, gave his report. Sutherland recognized several FFA (Future Farmers of America) members in his report who achieved excellence at a competition in Knoxville. The students recognized included Catlin Rich, Sawyer Main, Jenna McNeil, Mary Taylor and Rebekah Dugger. Sutherland also reported that Stephen Meredith was recently named the East Tennessee Regional President of the organization.
As Sutherlands report concluded, the board began to work through the March agenda. Perhaps the most discussed item on the agenda was the discovery that Johnson County School District is paying for some in-county students to attend school in neighboring districts. This is due to an outdated agreement, stated Board President Kevin Long, which reportedly states that students that reside in closer proximity to a different school district may choose to attend there even if they reside in Johnson County. The agreement is currently extended to very few students, however, the majority of the board as well as Dr. Simcox stated that its time to revisit the issue. Dr. Simcox will make the final decision on the matter and will report back to the board at a later date.
The next item set for discussion was the renewal of the AdvancedEd program. Johnson County Schools had previously been accredited through the AdvancedEd program, which imposes standards the district must follow in order to maintain accreditation. Angie Wills (Supervisor of K-6 C
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