Lee County School Board Report – June 2017

JONESVILLE — The Lee County School Board held their regular monthly meeting on June 8, 2017 in the board conference room at the school board office at 153 School Board Place in Jonesville. All board members were present, and the meeting started promptly at 6 p.m.


Public Comment

Outgoing Lee County Education Association (LCEA) president, Sandra Johnson thanked the Board for their support during her tenure as LCEA president. Ms. Johnson also introduced incoming LCEA president Tara Haley, stating that she hopes the Board will be as helpful to Ms. Haley as they had been to herself.


Student Recognition – Kingsport Times-News Drawing Cards

Student talent from Flatwoods Elementary, Pennington Middle, and Jonesville Middle Schools was recognized by the Kingport Times-News, which published students’ artwork during the month of May 2017 as part of the newspaper’s Drawing Cards program. The Board and Superintendent Austin recognized each of these students during the meeting, and Board Chairman Michael Kidwell presented a certificate to each student in attendance. The following is a list of those students, whose talent was recognized, and whose work makes the world a brighter place.

Flatwoods Elementary

Cecilia Barnette

Lynsey Blair

Jayden Collins

Hannah Cowen

Ian Grace

Zack Gregory

Jayme Livesay

Kylee Owens

Tucker Sizemore

Saxon Skidmore

Dorothy Smith

Harley Spears

Kasey Woliver

Mikah Woliver

Pennington Middle

Baileigh Harrington

Katelyn Rutledge

Ethan Wardell

Jonesville Middle

Braedon Cooper

Drew Cox
Adam Garrett

Ivy Garrett

Ethan Gates

Brittany Jarnagin

J.R. Jarnagin

Emily Pilon

Conner Roop

Elijah Stigger

Alton Warren


Recognition of Schools With The Highest Percentage of Attendance

For the month of May, Elk Knob had the highest attendance percentage at 93.8%. Flatwoods followed closely at 93.1%. Elk Knob also had the highest overall attendance rate for the 2016-2017 academic year at 93.97%, narrowly edging ahead of Elydale, which had 93.94% overall.


Updates on Facility Study – Renovations, New Constructions of School Buildings &c.

LCPS Superintendent Austin reported that on June 1, 2017, the Lee County School Board accepted an unsolicited proposal submitted by OWPR, Inc. and Branch and Associates, Inc. as part of the process intended to begin addressing challenges and to seek out opportunities cited in the completed Facility Study that was presented to the School Board on February 9, 2017.

Dr. Austin further reported, “The LCPS administration is working diligently with the School Board to provide the best opportunities for all students in support of the School Board’s motto of ‘Committed to Excellence’, and that “the current review of facilities is consistent with and in support of School Board Policy FA, Facilities Development.”

That policy states that “…The School Board’s goal is to provide facilities of the kind and size that will best support and accommodate the division’s educational program and the number of students enrolled.

The School Board will constantly strive to provide new and remodeled facilities that will offer the best possible physical environment for learning and teaching.”

Specific policy aims include new buildings and renovations that will support changing patterns in educational philosophy and execution that support LCPS’ philosophy and goals, meeting safety requirements, meeting requirements specified toward the needs of the disabled, building designs and construction that conserve energy and resources, and that viewpoints of teachers, students, and the community are considered in the building and renovation process.


Personnel Changes
During closed session, the Board approved the following personnel changes.

New – all effective July 1, 2017

*Russell Belcher, classroom teacher, Pennington Middle School

*Jordan Edens, technician, division

*Joshua Gilpin, technician, divison

*Emily Puckett, classroom teacher, Pennington Middle School

Transfers & Reassignments

Tim Burgan from maintenance to maintenance foreman, effective June 9, 2017.

Karen Duncan from speech pathologist at Flatwoods Elementary to speech pathologist at Elydale, Rose Hill, and Thomas Walker, effective July 1, 2017.

Sherry Falin, classroom teacher, from Lee High to Pennington Middle, effective July 1, 2017.

Mike Rivers, part-time to full-time custodian at Rose Hill, effective June 9, 2017.

Kelly Sharrett, classroom teacher, from Penngington to Jonesville Middle, effective July 1, 2017.

Tammy Wade, teacher assistant to classroom teacher at Dryden Elementary, effective July 1, 2017.


Debbie Patterson, Flatwoods/Lee County Career & Technical Center, effective June 30, 2017.

Genal West, division elementary art teacher, effective June 6, 2017.

Continuing Contract

Rhonda Shepherd

Walter Lawson

Coaching – 2017-2018 School Year

Thomas Walker

Jeff Ayers, assistant football

*Lucas Chadwell, volunteer football

*Rick Ellis, volunteer football

Derick Grabeel, assistant football

Nathaniel Mooney, assistant football

Thomas Walker Middle

*John Cavin, football

*Pending results of the Virginia State Police/Federal Bureau of Investigation Fingerprint Search and Child Protective Services Central Registry


The Board adjourned to meet again at their next regularly scheduled meeting on July 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. at the School Board Conference Room in Jonesville.


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