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School Board venue must provide adequate handicapped access

By: Lacy Hilliard
Tomahawk Writer/Photographer

The March meeting of the Johnson County School Board was called to order on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. All Board Members were present.
Student School Board Representative Blake Robinson gave his monthly report at the March meeting. Robinson reported that the Johnson County Chapter of the Future Farmers of America (FFA) recently took part in a series of proficiency competitions with Miranda Forrester competing in Diversified Horticulture, Martin Potter in Agricultural Repair and Maintenance, Will Hicks in Diversified Agriculture, Chance Long in Diversified Livestock, and Rebecca Dugger and Taylor Long competing for the coveted Star Greenhand award. Robinson reported, “Miranda Forrester and Martin Potter placed first in their respective proficiency” and will be moving on to State competition. Other Johnson County High School news included in Robinsons report was the upcoming Johnson County High School Players performance of The Wizard of Oz, which will take place at Heritage Hall on May 9-11. Robinson went on to say that Freshmen Orientation was a success and well attended by both parents and students. Robinson concluded his report by thanking the board for allowing him to attend the SCOPE (Student Congress on Polices in Education) conference, which took place at Middle Tennessee State University on March 10.

On the March agenda was a call to elect a representative for the National School Board Association’s Technology Leadership Network. The Technology Leadership Network (TLN) was founded in 1987 in an effort to help board members, administrators, and technology staff work together to ensure a productive technology team. The network “fosters a team approach to technology decision-making” and helps to promote the use of cutting edge technology in both the classroom and on an administrative level. Board Member Howard Carlton to nominate and elect Brad Dunn as the Johnson County Representative for the Technology Leadership Network. The motion was seconded by Kevin Long and carried out in a unanimous vote.

Hunter Hancock of the Disability Law and Advocacy Center of Tennessee was a special guest at the March meeting. Hancock shared information about disability law in regards to district responsibility and also went on to say that board meetings should be held in a facility that provides adequate handicapped access.

A presentation was given by Jim Crowder at the March meeting in an effort to gain approval for a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) course. Following Mr. Crowder’s explanation of the Aquaculture Science course, a motion was made by Howard Carlton to approve the request. The motion was seconded by Kevin Long and passed by a unanimous roll call vote.

Morris Woodring, Director of Schools, gave his report to the board stating that as of March 13, 16 days of school have been missed due to inclement weather. Following Woodring’s report, Board Chairman Gerald Buckles stated that the correct decisions had been made in regards to closing school due to inclement weather.

As the March meeting concluded, Brad Dunn stated that the board is working on a resolution regarding handicap accessibility. After it was assured that no further matters were in need of board attention, Bill Gambill made a motion to adjourn.