Whitesburg KY

Country concert would benefit Jenkins schools

Country music performer Justin Moore is tentatively scheduled to appear at the Jenkins High School Auditorium on May 8 for a fund-raising concert to benefit the Jenkins Independent Schools Attendance Committee, the Jenkins High School senior class, the Lady Cavs basketball team, and the Lady Cavs softball team. Moore is currently touring with country music star Brad Paisley. His self-titled debut album features his hit tune, “Small Town.”

Director of Pupil Personnel Harvey Tackett proposed the use of the gym for the show at the November meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education and said that Moore has several band members with eastern Kentucky roots. Tackett called the show a good fund-raising opportunity and said he and Technology Director Damien Johnson are working on a website for the concert.

In other business, Jenkins Independent Schools Supt. Deborah Watts told the board that Burdine Elementary Assistant Principal Diane Sutphin has asked to be reassigned as a classroom teacher. Sutphin has applied for an open position teaching second grade at Burdine and was approved for the position. At this time, no assistant principal has been named.

In other board business:

• The board voted to accept rules proposed by Jenkins Middle High School Principal Lisa Carroll for the 2010 Prom. Carroll said the rules were basically the same as those used for previous proms and are in accordance with the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.

• The board accepted the audit for 2008–2009 from Whitesburg Accountant Dennis Wayne Fleming. Superintendent Watts said Fleming wrote that the audit is much improved over the past year and all the mistakes he had pointed out in last year’s audit have been corrected. Finance Officer Candala Gibson added that the board only had to transfer $9,000 from the General Fund to the Food Service Fund in the period covered by the audit. The amount was down from $40,000 the previous year.

• The board approved a request from Senior Sponsor (math teacher) Hanna Harris for seniors to sell profile books as a fundraiser. Ads will run from $100 for a full page to $25 for one-quarter page.

• JMHS Principal Carroll told the board the seniors will know by February if they will be able to afford the planned senior trip to Hawaii, or if they will go their second choice, Boston.

• The board voted to complete a request for repairs to the roof at Burdine Elementary School. Supt. Watts said the form will go on file and places no obligation on the board.

• DPP Tackett reported that total system enrollment stands at 598, with an Average Daily Attendance of 90.82 percent.

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