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.
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.
Drew Cox Adam Garrett
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.
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.
Coaching – 2017-2018 School Year
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.