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Schools second semester underway

By Lacy Hilliard

The monthly school board meeting was called to order on January 10, 2013. All members of the board were in attendance.
The board moved to approve last month’s consent agenda. After assuring that no audience members in attendance had matters to present before the board, Robert Sutherland presented a video. The video entitled “Twenty Bright Stars” was made in an effort to honor the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School. JCHS Spanish teacher Jennifer Gillenwater wrote the lyrics to the song honoring the slain students and teachers and the vocals and instrumental accompaniment were performed by Spanish students and the JCHS Choir with instrumental direction from drama teacher, Lisa Zeggert. In the video, students held up cards inscribed with the names of the 20 young victims. Board Chairman Gerald Buckles commented that the students and teachers involved in the making if this video should be commended for their efforts and that anything Johnson County students can do to help honor the victims of this horrendous tragedy will be appreciated.
Student School Board Representative, Jacob McGlamery, gave his report to the board at the January meeting. McGlamery updated the board about the Gear Up program, a scholarship and college preparatory program that targets area seventh graders. The program is scheduled to hold two events in January with the first taking place on the 15th and the second to follow on January 28.
The next item on the agenda was a request for approval for the sale of the CTE (Career and Technical Education) house. There is currently an offer of $165,000 on the table with the stipulation of a warranty extension. The buyers have stated that they do not intend to occupy the house until approximately one year after the purchase date and therefore would like to have an extended warranty granted on the home and appliances. After the board members were given an opportunity to review the warranty contract, board member Howard Carlton moved to approve the sale of the home with a second motion granted by Kevin Long. The board members granted Director of Schools Morris Woodring the authority to sign all appropriate contracts pertaining to the sale of the home.
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