By WILLIAM FARLEY
The first day of school for the 2017-2018 school year will be August 9 for students at Jenkins Independent Schools, and the projected end date for the school year will be May 16. The Jenkins Board of Education set the dates as it adopted the school year calendar for the coming school year with a unanimous vote at its April meeting. The board also learned that attendance stands at 92.5 percent for the current year and the district enrollment is 445.
In other business, Keith Banks of the Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation spoke to the board about the Community Transition to Work for students with disabilities for the Jenkins system in the coming year. Banks said the program is designed to empower people to be independent, and is confidential and protected by law. Program eligibility has been expanded to include students as young as 14 years of age. It is part of the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and a plan is in place to help with the transition between school and work for the impacted students by getting them into training programs and work-related summer programs. Federal Programs Director Sherry Wright and Superintendent Mike Genton will examine the expanded program and report to the board for the next meeting. Banks said federal money is available to help students get training and work-related education.
The board also voted unanimously to approve a letter of understanding to enter into an agreement with Hillyard, a manufacturer and distributor of cleaning supplies and chemicals based in Missouri. The agreement will allow Hillyard to supply chemicals, along with mixing and distribution systems and training to custodial personnel for the Jenkins System. Supt. Genton told the board he has spoken with representatives of Letcher County Schools, which also uses the Hillyard system, and said he believes it will save the Jenkins district money and make the custodial staff more efficient.
The board also approved a new evaluation plan for employees of the Family Resource Center and approved a trip sponsored by the resource center to take students to the Gray Tennessee Fossil Museum.
Jenkins Middle High School Principal Ed Whitaker reported that spring break for Jenkins students was held April 3-7, and the senior trip to Cincinnati was April 13-15. End of course testing will begin on May 1 and end May 3. The Junior Senior Prom will be May 8 and high school graduation is May 12. The last day of school of the 2016-2017 school year in Jenkins is May 11.
In the Elementary School Academic Competition, the Burdine Elementary School Fifth Grade Academic Team of Wynter Smith, Nathan Collier, Nate Mullins, Luke Rowe, Zeke Maggard, Alyssa Fields, Hope Polly, Kaliegh Cook, Kassie Evans, and Donovan Brown finished second overall and second in Quick Recall.
In the County Academic Competition, Zeke Maggard finished first in Math, Alyssa Fields finished third, and Wynter Smith finished fifth. In Social Studies, Nathan Collier finished third and Zeke Maggard finished fourth.
In the District Academic Competition, the team finished first overall, second in Quick Recall, and received the Sportsmanship Award. In English Composition, Alyssa Fields was second and Kaliegh Cook was third. In Language Arts. Hope Polly finished first and Kaliegh Cook finished fourth. In Arts and Humanities, Hope Polly finished third and Nathan Collier was fifth. Hope Polly was third in Science and Wynter Smith was fourth. In Math, Alyssa Fields finished first and Zeke Maggard finished fourth.
In the Regional Competition, the team finished fifth in Quick Recall and seventh overall and Hope Polly placed second in Language Arts, Alyssa Fields won the English Composition and Kaliegh Cook finished fifth.
The board also entered into an executive session to discuss a personnel matter, and emerged after taking no action.