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New school year begins August 3rd for Johnson County students

By Rebecca Herman

Johnson County School Board members met on Thursday, July 14 for their final summer meeting before school starts for the 2016-2017 school year. All current members were present, including the new student school board member, Marly Eggers.
Dr. Mischelle Simcox began the meeting by recognizing the employee of the month, Jo Ann Arnold, who works for the maintenance and transportation department. Arnold’s supervisor, Barry Bishop, said “Jo Ann is a special needs bus assistant that genuinely feels affection and concern for her passengers. She has a good attitude, is dependable, and willingly worked during summer hours.”
Next up the agenda was Wendy Henley, who gave an end of the year state survey on how the Telehealth program was used for the 2015-2016 school year. From Sept to May, 250 students and 60 faculty members were seen by a nurse practitioner using Telehealth, allowing students and faculty to be seen quickly and in most cases return back to class.  There were 15,436 students who were seen by school nurses, and 14,403 of these students were sent back to class. School nurses administered 2,229 daily prescription medications and 2,568 over the counter medicines, as needed.
Henley also explained that there is an updated application in all student handbooks that students will receive the first day of school. School board members were impressed with the amount of students who were able to receive help from school nurses and the nurse practitioner through Telehealth, as well as the number of students who were able to return to class after being seen. “Your staff is doing a good job,” said board member, Howard Carlton.
Marly Eggers reported on an update on the Johnson County High School.  “Our loyal custodians and maintenance have been hard at work to prepare the building for the new school year,” said Eggers. “One of the biggest projects they have under taken is the renovation of the main office.” Eggers also welcomed the new teachers: Ashley Holt, History; Sirrena Wiggins, Biology; Josh Hamilton, Band Director for JCHS and JCMS, Rhoda Edgins, ESC; Randy Simerly, Construction. Finally, Eggers said that there are several clubs and sports teams who have been practicing, playing, and traveling this summer, and all have well represented Johnson County High School.
The meeting ended with Dr. Simcox’s report. The Summer Law Institute will be next week in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  The countywide in-service is August 2 at Johnson County High School; the first day of school is August 3 and will be a half-day. “We’re excited to have the students back,” said Simcox.
The Fall District Meeting will be September 26 and will be at Johnson County High School and the 2016 TSBA Annual Conference is November 4-7 in Nashville. Personnel decisions made by Dr. Simcox: Rhoda Edgins, ESC; Angela Blevins, JCHS Head Softball Coach; Leon Tolley, JCMS Science teacher and JCHS Girls Basketball Assistant; Deborah Cabello, Roan Creek Elementary ESL teacher; Jessica Stuart, JCHS 1:1 Supplementary Assistant.
The next Johnson County School Board Meeting will take place August 18 at 6pm.