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Long and Gregg retain seats as Johnson County School Board chair and vice-chair

By Rebecca Herman

The Johnson County School Board met for its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 8. Board members began the meeting by electing the chairman and vice-chairman for the 2016-2017 school year; board members elected to keep Kevin Long as chairman and elected to keep Kenneth Gregg as vice-chairman.
Next, Director of Schools, Dr. Mischelle Simcox and Dr. Emogene South, principal of Doe Elementary, recognized the employee of the month. Dr. South honored the custodial staff at Doe, Misty Williams and Bob Wallace. “Misty and Bob work extremely well together and with all of our staff and students. They go above and beyond what is expected of them to provide a clean learning environment for our students,” said Dr. South.
Dr. Simcox and Dr. South also recognized students who are members of the first ever Student Council at Doe Elementary. These students applied last year, as fifth graders, and immediately began working toward bettering the school and community. Members of the Student Council decided to do a community service project that would help the “Rescue D.O.G. organization, which rescues pets and sends them to bigger cities for adoption.” Dr. South said that, “there is truly no limit for them and we have been blessed to be able to work with them at Doe.” Students recognized were: Sebastian Adams, Hannah Fritts, Brayden Gentry, Christian Lipford, Ashlyn Pass, Connor Pierce, Ajionna Reece, Graham Reece, and Jessie Mae Williams.
The next item on the agenda was a presentation by Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Angie Wills. Wills explained that the ACT scores have been steadily increasing in the past years and that as of now, Johnson County High School’s average score is a 19.7 and that the score have increased 0.5 points since last year. The State Department of Education has seen the trend and has now given Johnson County High School the goal of having the school average at a 20 by 2020. Wills and Dr. Simcox said that they feel that this is a K-12 accomplishment and will take a system wide effort to continue increasing the average score. Wills explained that most colleges in Tennessee require a minimum of 19, while some of the more prestigious scores require a 21, so Johnson County students are right on track to get into these schools. “We feel this is attainable,” said Wills. Wills also explained that the State Department of Education will now require that all graduating seniors must take the ACT in order to graduate. In order to comply with this, there will be an ACT makeup day for any senior who did not take the test during their junior year.
Student School Board Member, Marly Eggers spoke next about the activities going on at Johnson County High School. Eggers explained that sports are in full swing on the hill and “the band has been working hard to improve their set for the football games.” She also said that due to the new ACT requirements that the entire school has been completing 15 minutes of ACT prep every morning during 1st period. Eggers ended her report by expressing excitement over a new program that is being offered at JCHS and JCMS; this program is called Second Chance Breakfast and it allows students who did not have time to get breakfast a “second chance” to eat. The program is free for students, if they have not already had breakfast from the cafeteria and students may purchase additional food if they are still hungry after eating in the cafeteria before school. The program has been so popular at the high school, that the school is purchasing another cart to accommodate the number of students getting their Second Chance Breakfast.
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