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School year comes to close

By Teresa Cunningham
With the school year quickly coming to a close, the Johnson County School Board met on Thursday, May 10 without missing a beat. As school activities and awards ceremonies dominated after the frenzy of TCAP testing, much is yet to be accomplished before the students begin their summer.
The meeting began with a report from student board member, Jacob McGlamery. The following information is a summary of his report to the School Board. EOC testing took place from May 1-3, 2012: The JCHS players performed their latest show, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Heritage Hall from May 4-6, 2012. A special one-scene performance was also viewed at the Presidential Academics Awards ceremony on May 7, 2012. Students were also participating in final exams that same day. On May 8, 2012, the Senior Awards Night dinner, catered by Kathy Motsinger, was a huge success. Dozens of scholarships and other awards were presented to the seniors on this special night. On May 10, the Baccalaureate service was held at the Victory Baptist Church. The last full school day was May 11 and graduation was on May 12 at 10:00 a.m. This year, thanks to Mr. Robert Sutherland and the technology department, the graduation ceremony will be streamed live for anyone who could not attend. Finally, the final half-day of the school year was Tuesday, May 15, 2012. McGlamery thanked the School Board and the administration of Johnson County High School for providing the students with optimal learning opportunities and facilities.
In other business, the School Board gave its approval to run an ongoing notice in the Tomahawk to sell the CTE house in Fairground Estates. Russell Robinson, Johnson County School Finance Coordinator, gave an update on the budget. “The local revenue looks real good,” he said.
According to Johnson County School Director of Schools, Morris Woodring, the government is now allowing local systems to buy produce grown close to home. As a result, the School Board has accepted bids on buying potatoes. Both Elaine Moore and Woodring encouraged localized involvement in this process and hope that nearby farmers will take advantage of this opportunity. The School Board members expressed pride and accolades to the schools for a job well done on the writing assessments.
“Thanks for the hard work and a great school year and have a great summer,” said Board Member Ann Parsons. “Thanks to the administration and teachers for a successful year,” said Gerald Buckles, Chairman of the School Board.
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