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School Board holds first meeting in new venue

By Lacy Hilliard
The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, April 9, 2015. The April meeting was the first to take place in the newly unveiled Johnson County Schools boardroom. Also celebrated at the April meeting was the return of Board Member Bill Gambill, who has been out for several months due to various health struggles.
The boardroom is just one of the many renovations that took place in the Johnson County Schools central office building that originally served as Johnson County High School for anyone attending prior to 1966. “I think it’s great that the school system and Heritage Hall are trying to keep this old building up. It has a lot of history and character,” said Board Member Howard Carlton at the April meeting. Director of Schools Dr. Mischelle Simcox recognized the crew that made the boardroom and central office renovations possible including, Barry Bishop, David Bentley, Ray Dowell, Gary Eggers, James Forrester, Darwin Garver, Donald Potter and David Smiley After the large audience settled in the new boardroom, the meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.
Prior to the board tackling the April agenda, Dr. Simcox and Supervisor of K-6 Curriculum and Instruction Angie Wills recognized several students from Doe Elementary. Several students were honored for academic excellence while others were chosen for displaying exceptional character to their teachers and other students. The honorable Doe Elementary students included, Addison Fagley, Gavin Curd, Brylee Gentry, Kevin Hopkins, Aaron Ferguson, Noelya Trujillo, Makenzie Kelly, Sebastian Caleb Adams, Kaylee Williams and Hunter Graybeal. The students received certificates and applause and were all smiles as they stood before their proud parents and teachers at the April meeting.
Also recognized at the April meeting was eighth grade Johnson County Middle School teacher Deanna Snyder. Ms. Snyder was chosen as Employee of the Month and JCMS Principal Edna Miller stated, “She goes the extra mile to ensure that her students receive high quality instruction every day.”
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