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School Board honors Retirees, Prepares for New Year

Board of Education honors retirees, prepares for upcoming school year

Although classes are not in session, the June Board Meeting of the Johnson County Board of Education was eventful with schools gearing up for the new school year, which is scheduled to begin in about two months. Also, the Board was not only bidding adieu to several retiring teachers, but to student board member, Joshua Hamilton, a recent JCHS graduate.
“Tonight we are honoring some special retirees,” said Morris Woodring, Director of Schools. “These fine employees have collectively given a whopping 350 years towards education in Johnson County.” Those honored at a reception prior to the board meeting and presented a plaque of appreciation as part of the board meeting included: John Mast, 42 years, Charlene Long, 36 years, Judy Wilson, 32 years, Earl Fritts, 30 years, Debra Wilcox, 29 years, Lois Wilson, 27 years, Beverly McKinney, 26 years, Randy Brown, 20 years, Carol Mink, 19 years, Carl Swift, 18 years, Diane Bentley, 18 years, Magdalene Roark, 16 years, Lois Eastridge, 11 years, Jean Walker, 10 years, Gale Larson, 10 years, and Amelia McEwen, 7 years, Rebecca Sannes, 7 years.
Board Chairman Gerald Buckles, along with all board members, voiced appreciation to student board member, Joshua Hamilton, who will be heading to Tennessee Technology University in the fall where he plans to study music. “He has been an exemplary student board member,” Buckles commented, “and we wish him the best in his educational pursuits.”
Hamilton presented the following report: Summer school began May 23rd and will end June 17th. We already have had over 50 students earn credits in summer school, and we have 12 students htat wouldn’t have been promoted without summer school. Freshman Academy will be held the week of June 20th with 17 upcoming freshmen scheduled to attend. Senior portraits will be taken June 29th and 30th. The French Club leaves the week of Jun 13th for France and Italy. All of the sports teams are busy with open gyms and practices preparing for the next school year. Mr. Amoss and the band are having several percussion and color guard rehearsals throughout the summer as well as band camp and pre-camp for new members of the marching band. Mrs. Arnold and everyone at the high school is busy preparing for the upcoming year.
The board approved the purchase of a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan seven-passenger van, a 2007 Chevrolet truck and a Kubota lawnmower.
Summer maintenance projects are in full swing and the board approved material and labor to patch subfloor and maple bondwood flooring at three doors and labor to sand and finish the gym paint lines for Johnson County Middle School and Johnson County High School by Jones Hardwood Floors.
In other action, the board approved a professional services agreement between Mountain States Health Alliance d/b/a Medical Center Homecare Services and Johnson County School System.
Russell Robinson, School Finance Coordinator, presented an informative budget overview. “The school department will be meeting with the County budget committee on Monday to present our budget,” he reported.
The following personnel decisions were presented by the Director of Schools –
Hires –Christi Gentry – Shady Valley Elementary teacher, Michelle Henson – Laurel Elementary teacher, Robin Fletcher – MCE Special Education Asst., Herbie Adams – JCHS Asst. Principal, Robin Lee – JCMS ISS, Robert Blevins – JCHS Custodian, Jacob Dorton – JCHS English teacher, Melanie Adams – DE teacher, Scott Plyler – JCHS Asst. Football Coach, Elizabeth Sue Ann Hodges – Substitute bus driver. Also presented were those hired for the Special Education Summer Program, Roan Creek summer childcare, and substitute teachers and for the upcoming 2011-2012 school year.
Transfers – Holly Morefield from MCE IDEA to MCE Pre-K Asst., Summar Eller from 100% RCE Special Education Teacher to 50% RCE/50% JCMS Special Education Teacher, Johna Wilson from JCMS Special Education Teacher to Doe Special Education Teacher, Angie Wills from LE teacher to Elementary Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator for Johnson County Schools, Stephen Long from JCHS math teacher to JCMS Principal.
Resignations – Jeannie Taylor as CTE Health Science Technology Instructor, Scott Plyler as JCHS English teacher, Christine Bowers as MCE custodian.
Retirements – Debra Wilcox, Beverly McKinney, John Mast.