Whitesburg KY

Jenkins schools close this week; to reopen Aug. 4

The dates for the last day of school for the current term and for the beginning of the next term have been set for students at Jenkins Independent Schools.

The last day for students will be May 6, and high school graduation will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday (May 9). School will begin again for students on August 4. Jenkins Schools will end the year with their enrollment at 400, the same number with which they started in August 2020.

The Jenkins High football team will begin next fall with a new scoreboard. Superintendent Damian Johnson told the Jenkins School Board at its April meeting that the scoreboard has arrived but has not been installed. Johnson also said a new Wi-Fi point has been installed at the front entrance that carries as far as the football field, so if any students are looking for a Wi-Fi signal, they can come to the school during the summer and access it from the parking lot.

Johnson reported on some of the school-related actions taken during the General Assembly session. He said that all school districts will have to adopt a policy for the enrollment of non-resident students and school districts will be able to decide if they wish to allow a do-over year for students who want to take classes again from last year. There will be a new tier of benefits for teachers hired after January 2022. These teachers will not be able to retire until age 57 and will have to have 30 years of service. Pre-school and kindergarten will also be fully funded by the state.

Johnson said that portable steps have been installed for the loading dock at the middle and high school. This is to prevent a straight drop-off from the dock and they can be moved as needed. Custodians are replacing all the lights with LED lights, and he said they are making progress in getting electrical power run to the baseball field, which is near Joe’s Branch.

Twenty-five students have pre-enrolled for pre-school and kindergarten next fall at Burdine Elementary, and 19 juniors and seniors were initiated into the National Honor Society.

School Resource Officer Alisha Congleton has completed her inservice training

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