|7/22/2020 11:52:00 AM|
Board hears updates as opening day nears
|Bricklayers Bill Arthur, Jr., and Bill Wingate, l to r, have been busy on the new wrestling gym now under construction at JCHS. They show off the “soldier with running bond” transition which school officials were to look at Wednesday as an alternative to the plain horizontal “running bond” transition between the tan and dark bricks used on the rest of JCHS. The men figure the gym will take between 150,000 to 180,000 bricks. That is job security!—Staff Photo by Barbara King|
The Jennings County School Board met virtually on Thursday, July 16 to discuss recent developments. The following are highlights of the meeting.
Board president Pat Sullivan opened the meeting, had the board consent to the agenda, roll call was taken and the meeting officially began.
Superintendent Teresa Brown asked to approve Kendra Biehle as the high school girls' varsity assistant soccer coach as part of a shared stipend. Trevor Maschino will share the stipend as the other high school girls' varsity assistant soccer coach. Teresa also recommended Ashton Chandler as the nurse and to split her time between North Vernon Elementary and the high school. David Herr was recommended as the volunteer middle school girls cross-country coach.
The school system received a donation for 4,800 face shields from Mike Flint from Super ATV in Madison, plus an additional 300 that they received July 15. Project Lead the Way also awarded a grant of $2,400 to the high school.
Roy Herr, the JCS Director of Facilities and Security, gave an update on the current construction projects taking place throughout the county. The high school construction is on schedule, except the structural seal, but that is expected to catch up in the next few weeks.
A roof deck over the locker and storage area in the new wrestling addition is being installed and workers are moving to lower roofing, including over the entrance area, this week.
All the roof decking is on over the wrestling area and workers were installing roof material on Thursday, July 16. Block work on the inside was scheduled to be complete by the end of last week. North and west exterior walls are ready for brick. Laying of the dark brick has been started on the west side of the building.
Construction on the high school tennis courts is on schedule. The asphalt for the courts is complete and the courts have a slope for drainage purposes. A flood test is in the works.
Fencing around the entry plaza and football field area is being installed as well as sidewalks around the field and concession area.
Board vice-president Amy Pettit expressed interest in the board touring the new construction.
Pat Sullivan agreed, commenting humorously, "That would be great, that would almost be a normal activity that we could do!" They are working to get a date scheduled for this tour.
Resolutions for policy changes are in direct response to COVID and the alterations to student handbooks that the board approved at the end of June. The board decided to give members a chance to do a first reading of the new resolutions and wait to vote on the changes until July 30. Some of these resolutions concern student face mask policies and convening for public meetings, among others.
Finally, the board approved two personnel resignations from Cheryl Wallace, a special needs teacher, and Susie Stoner, Sand Creek paraprofessional.
Register for school!
Pat ended by saying "I know the terrific amount of work that continues to go on, and if we have anyone in the public listening to, please, get the word out that we are trying to get people registered." According to Pat, people are having trouble deciding between online and traditional schooling, but he has information that says they are "probably" doing the right thing, in regards to their efforts to return to school for the year. But, most importantly, parents need to register their children.
"We have to know the numbers to get the funds so everybody can do what they need to do," Pat said.
If you would like to watch the meeting in its entirety, view the recording at: https://you tu.be/Wfwoh0a6Tb8.
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