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Jenkins schools to finish May 13, restart Aug. 14


As things now stand, students at Jenkins Independent Schools will finish the school year on May 13.

That was the announcement from the district’s director of pupil personnel, Rondall Baker, at the Jenkins Independent Board of Education’s monthly meeting when the board approved the school calendar for next year.

Baker said school should start for the 2019-20 school year on August 14, but added that the calendar contains two alternative dates with later starting days to accommodate the schedule for construction work currently underway at the Jenkins Middle High School. Baker also reported that enrollment stands at 420 and attendance is 92.25 percent. The high school’s graduation exercise is scheduled for May 17.

Three students who represented Jenkins Middle High School finished in the top ten in the Entrepreneurial Coal Lands Redevelopment Program (ECLRP) competition. The ECLRP program was developed by Cedar Inc., a non-profit corporation created by Cedar Coal Company, working in partnership with the business community and academic organizations. It was formed by the North Carolina Coal Institute and Coal Operators and Associates of Pikeville, Kentucky to create a more favorable image of the coal industry.

The students, Breanna Rose, Makala Stambaugh, and Sophia Hampton, presented a business plan to convert a 1,500-acre area of flat reclaimed land into a business and recreational center. The plan included a drive-in theater and a park using an on-site lake. The site is in Shelby Gap. Instructional Supervisor Christle Carter told the board that although the students did not finish in the top three, which would have meant that Cedar Coal would have implemented their project, it was a real honor to finish in the top ten.

Lynn Gilliam, who teaches third grade at Burdine Elementary School, introduced several students from the Jenkins Elementary Academic Team and told the board that although there is a small team this year, the team finished second overall in district competition with only four students. Brady Swindall, Ben Swindall, Haley Thacker, and Kailee Owens participated in the competition.

District Technology Director Damien Johnson announced that the middle school Academic Team won the Quick Recall Competition in the district meet. The team finished second in the district competition and fifth in the regionals. Several of the students attended the board meeting, but Johnson said that school activities kept others from being there. The middle school Academic Team consists of Donovan Brown, Bryson Bentley, Ethan Carty, Laken Graham, Linsey Anderson, Serenitee Doderer, Jessica Ratliff, Baileigh Roberts, Kassie Evans and Delaney Johnson.

Jenkins Elementary Principal Amanda Anderson reported that elementary students participated in the Read Across America Program and had a balloon release with the school address in helium-filled balloons. Anderson said she received a letter from a man who lives in Danville, Va., who wrote that he found one of the balloons in a tree. Jenkins Elementary also participated in National School Breakfast Week, and Anderson said that Kincer Brothers Garage brought a small-scale junior race car to the cafeteria. Registration for pre-school and kindergarten will be held on April 9. Students will need a birth certificate, a physical, a vaccination record, and an eye exam and dental screen.

Superintendent Mike Genton gave the middle high school report and said that JHS sophomore Paul Breeding was one of 30 male students selected from 300 applicants to attend the Morehead State University Craft Academy. The academy is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) academy and Breeding will finish his last two years of high school at MSU while living on campus. Thirty female students were also chosen for the academy.

District Finance Officer Candala Gibson reported that the General Fund stands at $728,671.02. She also said that the district received a check for $751,778.66 for the franchise (property tax). The board also approved student accident insurance for a cost of $23,610.

The Jenkins High School seniors are away on their class trip to Kissimmee, Fla., this week. They left Sunday.

Superintendent Genton also told the board that the Jenkins Schools “app” is now available at Google Play and the iPhone app stores. He said the app allows parents and students to keep up with all news and events from the Jenkins system.

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