The Jenkins Independent School Board of Education voted unanimously to accept its 2010 audit from Whitesburg Certified Public Accountant Dennis Wayne Fleming at a special called meeting on January 3. Fleming told the board there were no discrepancies in its accounting and said the system is on solid financial ground. Board Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. commented that the system could use more funding, but said every school system in the state is in similar circumstances.
Newly-elected Board Member Lauren Revis was sworn in, along with Narramore and current member Eileen Sanders, who were both re-elected in November. Whitesburg Attorney Darrell Hall conducted the ceremony and all three, under the provisions of the 1895 Kentucky Constitution, swore they had neither fought a duel or served as a second in one.
The board also voted this week to reappoint Narramore as board chairman and Tracy Goff as vice chairman. Superintendent Deborah Watts was reappointed as board secretary, which Narramore said is customary and provides no extra salary or benefits to Watts, although he said it does give her more work to do. The board also voted to continue to meet in the library at Jenkins Middle High School at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month.
After the close of business, Narramore told the board as an informational item that he had met with newly elected Jenkins Mayor G.C. Kincer and the two had agreed to put together a joint city/ board commission to facilitate cooperation between the two entities. Narramore said since the item had not appeared on the agenda of the special called meeting, no action could be taken, but that the board and the city will each have three members on the commission. Narramore said Kincer and Watts will be on the commission and the two bodies will choose the other members at their respective meetings.
The Jenkins City Council postponed its regular meeting, which would have been held on January 3, to Wednesday, January 12, at 7 p.m. in City Hall. The regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held in the JMS Library on January 24 at 6 p.m.