Whitesburg KY

Sale of McRoberts school almost done

The purchase of the old McRoberts School by Neon businessman Eb Wright for $62,519 is nearing completion. Jenkins Independent Schools Board of Education Chairman Durward Narramore Jr. said it has gone to the Kentucky Board of Education for its final approval. Narramore said when the approval is received by the board, the process will be complete, and he added that expects it to be finalized by next week.

The search for a new superintendent to replace retiring Superintendent Deborah Watts continues, and the board will hold a special meeting on July 8 to hear recommendations on the process from the hiring committee. Narramore said that the board will hear the recommendations and board members will then leave the meeting and the committee will conduct its business.

In other business, Jenkins High School Principal David Lee said that no decision has been made on hiring a new high school football coach, but that all staff and scheduling decisions are almost complete. He added that schedules for the new block scheduling for the coming year are being implemented and that both JHS and Wise County Vocational School are designing vocational schedules to accommodate Jenkins students attending Wise County Vocational School.

In the absence of Director of Pupil Personnel Rondall Baker, who is attending a meeting, Superintendent Watts told the board that attendance for the year stood at 92.02 percent. She said it is the best attendance in several years. Principal Lee added that the graduation rate for seniors was 96.2 percent, with only one senior who did not graduate. Lee added that he will not be satisfied in the coming year with anything less than a 100 percent graduation rate.

“We’re doing everything we can possibly do to ensure that students graduate,” said Lee.

Technology Director Damian Johnson told the board he has completed Apple Certification training and that as a result of participating in the Data Seam/ University of Louisville program, Jenkins Schools will receive 20 new Apple workstations, valued at $1,100 each. He said the system will also use new Apple software that will automatically update Apple computers and iPads. Johnson also discussed the possibility of upgrading the system’s wireless computer capacity, but said the funds are not in place. Finance Offi cer Candala Gibson said that the completion of the purchase of the McRoberts school might proved enough extra money to allow for the upgrade.

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