Against the backdrop of the 53rd District Tournament, being held in the Jenkins High School Gymnasium, the Jenkins school board honored two of the top basketball players to ever don a Cavalier uniform and voted to begin a new superintendent search for the coming school year.
Board Member Brenda DePriest was appointed to serve as the board’s representative on the search committee and, as in previous searches, the Kentucky School Boards Association will be engaged to conduct the search and screening process.
Interim Superintendent Eddie Whitaker has served in the position since former Superintendent Freddie Bowling unexpectedly resigned at the September 2015 board meeting to accept a position in the Pike County School System. Whitaker was originally hired as middle high school principal in June and stepped into the superintendent position when Bowling resigned in September. Following Whitaker’s move, newly hired math teacher Thomas Pinion assumed the principal’s duties.
The board also recognized Jenkins Lady Cavalier seniors Lexi Stambaugh and Whitney Creech at the meeting, with Principal Pinion announcing that Stambaugh broke her own school record of 90 blocked shots that was established last year with a new high of 118 blocks for the current season. Whitney Creech is now the highest scorer ever in Kentucky high school basketball, with a new total of 5,282 points.
In other business, the board approved requests to modify the Student Handbook from Interim High School Principal Thomas Pinion. The first one allows high school students to have the opportunity to erase a failing grade by taking a computer-based course as part of the credit recovery system. Students who have failed all or part of a course can participate in the Credit Recovery System, a computer software program created by Plato Courseware, and regain credit with a maximum grade of 70 percent. This allows students to regain the credit. Pinion said the program is self paced, but does have an ending date.
Pinion also asked the board to approve a change in policies for program review for the World Language curriculum. The goal of World Language is that by the end of the course, the language class will be conducted at least 90 percent in the language being studied. The program also includes Global Competency Across Curricula, which inserts awareness of other cultures in other curriculum, even if it is as simple as conducting a math lesson in pesos rather than dollars. Students can also gain credit for travel to another country, with part or full credit gained according to the duration of their stay. The board voted unanimously to accept the changes.
In other board business:
• Jenkins will serve as host for the 53 Region Basketball Tournament, beginning on February 22.
• The board approved the bi-yearly program of activity for FRYSC (Family Resources Center).
• Superintendent Whitaker announced that a title search is currently being conducted on both the football and baseball fields.
• District Financial Officer Candala Gibson reported that the General Fund stood at $827,955.07 as of January 31.
• The state School Facilities Construction Commission’s Offer of Assistance of $32,331 was accepted.
• Technology Director Damian Johnson reported that new postings of information will go to the system’s new website, www.jenkins.k12.ky.us.
• The board declared various items of office and classroom equipment as surplus.