Board Meeting in Review – May 20, 2019

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Superintendent Denney and the Board of Education honored the recipients of the Winter Athlete Awards, the JROTC Southgate Fitness Competition, the Jackson County Art Fair Awards, and the Young Poets Contest winners.

During the public comment portion of the meeting, a teacher expressed her appreciation of the senior activities such as the senior breakfast and Baccalaureate.  Two community members commented on their concern with class sizes, especially in the lower elementary.

The board approved the first reading of the JCISD Biennial Election Voting Designee Resolution.  Joe Childs was appointed the board designee, and Tim Evans was appointed the alternate for the JCISD Biennial Election on June 3, 2019.  Two six-year candidates and one four-year candidate will be elected to the JCISD Board of Education, and the Hanover-Horton School Board will cast votes for Robert Inman, Erin Slater, and Douglas Schedeler.

The board voted to submit a Resolution in Approval of the JCISD’s 2020 FY Preliminary Budget.

Superintendent Denney informed the board of the current budget projections, including the estimated end of year fund balance, as well as potential changes to the budget for next school year, based on the varying per-pupil increases that may come from state revenue.

The purchase of the most pressing needs for curriculum materials was approved by the board.  These purchases include K-5 ELA-Reading materials, 6-12 Math, and 8, 10 & 11 Science materials.

Superintendent Denney was authorized by the board to negotiate contracts with Moore-Trosper Construction Co. as the Construction Manager, and GMB Architecture and Engineering as the architects for the bond project.  This will allow full drawings to be done in a timely manner for some parts of the bond project, such as air conditioning of the gym and cafeterias, so that this work can be started soon.

In addition to normal summer maintenance, summer facility projects will include completion of the LED lighting upgrades throughout the district, roof coating, and redoing the entry into the superintendent’s office area so that visitors will enter through a secure vestibule directly into the office rather than the hallway.

The county-wide 2019-20 school calendar which was approved by the board at last month’s meeting was updated to include our district’s professional development days, half days due to conferences and breaks, and orientation dates; this updated calendar was approved by the board.

The board voted to approve the extension of the district’s administrative and supervisory contracts by one year.  The supervisors work under yearly contracts, principals have contracts which cover the current school year plus the next school year, and the superintendent’s contract is for the current year plus three years.

The hiring of Ms. Kayla Cotter was approved by the board for the current opening for a high school Mathematics teacher for the 2019-20 school year.

Superintendent Denney reported to the board members on the following:

  • The school year is coming to a close, with Senior Honors night and graduation at the end of this week.
  • The elementary summer school program will have a new look, with different reading events during the summer. It will kick off with a movie night at the football field on June 15th, which will include concessions, games, book fair, and a carnival-like atmosphere.
  • A big thank you to the community for their yes votes in the May bond election.

The Board of Education members commented on the following:

  • The board is looking forward to a new school year, especially with the bond projects that will be happening.
  • Congratulations to Superintendent Denney for the vision toward the future and the work he put into the passage of the recent bond.
  • The seventh grade Mackinaw trip was a great experience. Our students were very well behaved; the bus drivers for the trip even requested that they be assigned the trip for our district for next year.
  • The board is excited about being able to purchase new curriculum materials, as ours are old and are no longer supported online. A big thank you to the H-H staff for their research and well-thought-out plans for the new materials.
  • The board enjoyed having guests at the meeting to receive recognition for various sports and academic achievements.
  • As a district we need to keep an eye on class sizes, especially in the elementary classrooms.
  • We have a great school district and each member appreciates serving on the board.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

By statute, a second meeting was called to order at 8:35 p.m. to consider the second reading of the JCISD Biennial Election Voting.  The board agreed that they would vote for the incumbents for the three seats available in the election:  Robert Inman, Erin Slater, and Douglas Schedeler.  These votes will be cast by Joe Childs on behalf of the board on June 3, 2019 at the JCISD.

Meeting was adjourned at 8:37 p.m.


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