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Schools receive energy conservation award

By Lacy Hilliard
The Johnson County School Board met in regular session on October 9 at 6:00 p.m. This month’s meeting was held in the Johnson County High School Library. All board members were in attendance with the exception of Board Chairman Kevin Long who was away at a training conference in Nashville. Board Co-Chair Brad Dunn chaired the meeting in Long’s stead.
The meeting began with Jamie Roberts seeking board approval for the Johnson County Youth Basketball League to continue using the various elementary schools to facilitate the league. Roberts stated, “We had a great year and a huge turnout.” Roberts went on to state that the league was “able to purchase new scoreboards for Doe and Roan Creek Schools.” Howard Carlton made the motion to approve Robert’s request and Bill Gambill seconded the motion.
Following Jamie Roberts, a representative from Cenergistic Energy was in attendance to present Johnson County Schools with an award. The district was awarded the Cenergistic Pacesetter Award for excellence in energy conservation. High praise was given to Lisa Mullins for spearheading the district’s energy conservation campaign, which was touted as “one of the best in the state” by Cenergistic.
Lisa Arnold was next to take the podium at the October meeting with a special presentation created by Johnson County High School Students. As the board continues to rotate the meeting location until the permanent boardroom is complete, it has become customary for the principals of each school to make a presentation to the board. Johnson County High School Students took the task and ran with it, creating a “Hunger Games” style video that garnered its fair share of laughs. Principal Arnold credited Connor Nowak as the primary creative force behind the production, which was greatly enjoyed by the board.
Further consideration was given at the October meeting in reference to the renovation of a Johnson County High School Band storage building to be used as an in-school suspension building. Currently, Johnson County High School and Johnson County Middle School ISS students are being housed together due to lack of space and the board has recognized that this is an issue worthy of consideration. However, Board Member Kenneth Gregg spoke out at the October meeting stating, “I have a problem with this. I feel as though the band is being punished in order to accommodate the kids that are being difficult.” Director of Schools Dr. Mischelle Simcox responded by saying, “The band does have additional storage facilities.” Lisa Arnold went on to state, “The band does use the storage space but they’d be able to fit what they have in the space provided.” For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk.