Whitesburg KY

Jenkin board hears about summer work, fall plans

Summer programs are wrapping up for Jenkins Schools, and students are completing make-up work to gain the credits they need.

Seniors who needed credits have now caught up and are receiving their diplomas. At the June meeting of the Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Damian Johnson told the board that things are moving forward in preparation for the new school year.

Johnson said that the staff is focusing on programs for teachers in July. NTI (Non- Traditional Instruction days, for at-home instruction on days when schools are closed, usually for inclement weather) have been set at 10 by the Kentucky Department of Education.

Director of Technology Doug Barnett presented the technology plan for the upcoming school year. He said he wants to make sure the technology the school system has is used correctly, and training is in place for new staff. Barnett said that community stakeholders, parents, and other people connected with the schools will also have online access to school information. The school system has a total of 580 Chromebooks and new passwords are being given to teachers and staff.

Barnett also said that new security cameras have been installed and access to technology has been increased. The board voted to approve the technology plan.

The board voted unanimously to continue its contract with Gail Carter of People’s Insurance as the insurance representative for the coming year for liability and workmen’s compensation insurance.

District Financial Officer Candala Gibson reported that the General Fund stood at $852,072.36 at the end of May. The board voted to renew the bond deposit for the treasurer and finance officer. Johnson said the bleacher replacement in the high school gymnasium will go to bid by August and he expects construction to begin by January of 2022.

The board voted to continue its contract with Community Trust Bank for banking services and to approve the payroll schedule for the upcoming school year. The members voted to approve a Model Ordinance Resolution to participate in the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program Fund, which will provide a $4,000 supplement for school resource officers.

The board went into executive session to discuss litigation at the end of the meeting, and emerged with no action being taken.

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