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Schools not required to make up April 28th

The May meeting of the Johnson County Board of Education was held Monday evening in the midst of a swirl of end-of-the-year awards presentations and various graduation festivities.
Outgoing Student Board Member, Joshua Hamilton, presented a report, which included information on upcoming events such as senior awards ceremony and picnic, final exams, summer school and graduation.
“Graduation is definitely set for May 21st at 10 a.m. at the high school,” reported Hamilton. “A ticket is required for admittance to the graduation ceremony.”
Also in attendance was Lauren Martinez, an upcoming senior and current student school board member who will step into Hamilton’s position on the board. Hamilton and Martinez were presented their official Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) certificates in conjunction with attending meeting in Nashville recently where they discuss major topics involving education issues and hold mock board meetings, discussions and debates.
Johnson County schools will not have to make up the April 28th closing of schools due to the tremendous tornado damage and the debris in the roadways. Director of Schools Morris Woodring told the county school board that he received confirmation from the state education commissioner that makeup days would not be required.
“Because of storms over the winter,” explained Woodring, “the school system was already out of snow days for the year when storms struck the area in late April.”
After reviewing the professional portfolios, and upon recommendation of the Director of Schools and the respective school principals, the following were officially granted tenure by the board: RoseEdda Hayden, Heather Savery, Audrey Keys, Thomas Stanley, Patricia Kimmel, and Lisa Zeggert.
Before adjournment Tina Lipford presented each board member a statement of operations for the month of April on behalf of Russell Robinson, School Finance Coordinator, but indicated it was too early in the month to make tax revenue announcements.
A new cell phone policy for implementation at the high school was approved on the second and final reading. “Ms. Arnold and her staff at the high school feel a formal cell phone policy is necessary,” explained Woodring. The new policy, which can be viewed online at, requires students to register phones with the school and prohibits the use of cell phones “during the defined school day.” The policy will require a student and parent signature.
In other action, the board approved the installation of solar school zone safety lights in the amount of $7,790 at Johnson County High School/Middle School entrance.