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School board says goodbye to Buckles

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on August 14, at 6:00 p.m. at Doe Valley Elementary School. All board members were in attendance.
The board began by recognizing special visitors, which included Karen Buckles, the wife of veteran school board member Gerald Buckles. Gerald Buckles has served three terms (a total of 12 years) on the Johnson County School Board and due to the outcome of the recent Johnson County Election Buckles will be replaced by Kenneth Gregg. Buckles spoke to The Tomahawk about his exit saying, “I’ll miss the board members and the members of the administration. It has been quite an experience. I have always been interested in education and even though I’ll no longer be a board member, my interest in education will continue.” Gregg will take his seat at the September board meeting and a new board chair will also be elected at that time.
Following the recognition of visitors, the consent agenda was approved, which contained items such as approval of the school nutrition program as well as the approval of a contract with Mountain Air for scheduled maintenance.
Student Board Member Abigail Reece gave her first report to the board at the August meeting. Reece reported that Senior GEAR UP night went well and the program once again shows great promise. Reece went on to praise the golf team for their overall first place victory as well as the volleyball team for showing a tremendous amount of promise in their first jamboree. Reece also went on to comment on the new brass longhorn that now stands proudly atop Johnson County High School. The new mascot looked primed and ready to watch the Longhorns dominate in the 2014 football season. The board is also moving forward with a decision to rename the Longhorn football field to “Coach Harold Arnold Field.” Coach Arnold was a beloved JCHS football coach and the board is in agreement about the name change.
The board went on to discuss approving plans to relocate the boardroom within the Johnson County School District administrative office building. The board previously met in an upstairs conference room in the administration building but was forced to relocate in order to maintain compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The board approved architectural plans and will move forward with the construction of a new boardroom.

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