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School Board meets in productive session

School Board chairman Gerald Buckles began Thursday evening’s Johnson County Board of Education monthly meeting by recognizing Nancy Blevins, a former student board member and welcoming her to the meeting.
Doug McGlamery, president of the Johnson County Youth Basketball League, addressed the board asking for permission to utilize school facilities for basketball practice and games. “Participation is up again this year,” said McGlamery. “We are looking at possibly adding three or more new teams.” He also indicated an anticipated shortage of gymnasium space due to the sudden growth of the league. “I have checked the possibility of using the old Shouns School and the Old Forge Creek School, but heating is an issue at both places.”
Howard Carlton emphasized the need to promote better sportsmanship and the necessity of game referees keeping control of the spectators. McGlamery said both issues would be addressed with players, parents and coaches.
As part of the consent agenda, the board approved several budget amendments and field trips.
Student board member Lauren Martinez presented a very informative report in regards to JCHS activities. “The past few weeks the Pride of Johnson County Marching Band has competed in multiple competitions,” she reported. “The band placed second in their class on September 24th in Avery County, NC, third place on October 1st in Ashe County, NC, and first place on October 8th in Wytheville, VA. Their next competition will be held on October 22nd in Hilleville, VA.” Martinez also announced the dates for the upcoming basketball and cheerleader tryouts and the golf team’s banquet. She also reported a successful American Red Cross blood drive recently sponsored by the National Honor Society, which collected 94 units.
In other action, the Board agreed to allow Job Corps workers to assist with the construction technology education road leading through the subdivision. Director of Schools Morris Woodring explained that although the Johnson County Highway Department was making progress in the project, they were now “running behind due to tornado damages.” According to Woodring, the Job Corp is offering to assist in the project with the Board of Education furnishing the necessary diesel and an onsite portable restroom. Any cost savings would be deducted from the highway department’s invoice.
The board approved the first reading of several changes to board policies. All the presented changes were recommended by the Tennessee School Board Association. The policies, which had changes included: Policy 4603 Promotion and Retention, Policy 5.109 Evaluation, Policy 5.202 Separation Practices for Non-Certified Employees, Policy 6.202 Home Schools, and Policy 6.304 Student Discrimination/Harassment and Bullying/Intimidation.
The board also unanimously approved the annual Tennessee Department of Education Report of Non-public School Compliance, the fiscal year 2012 Head Start budget in the amount of $531,910 and a contract with Renaissance Learning for the Accelerated Math program.
School Finance Coordinator Russell Robinson provided an update in regards to the current budget situation. “We are waiting on the final draft of this year’s audit,” said Robinson.
Woodring reminded the board of the upcoming Tennessee School Board Association convention, which is scheduled for November 13-15th. He also indicated the bonus approved by the board for instructional support personnel would pay out on October 21st.

The following personnel decisions were presented by the Director of Schools –

Hires – Rick Snyder as JCMS basketball coach, Beverly Teague to MCE childcare, Emilie Watson as SE Bus Aide/substitute, Regina Sauer as school nutrition employee for JCHS/JCMS, Crystal Lawson as school nutrition employee for MCE. The JCHS 21st Century CCLCP employees were presented along with several substitute teachers, custodians and school nutrition employees.