Jefferson County School Board Begins to Wind Down Fiscal Year

The Jefferson County School Board met last week at the Historic Jefferson County Court House. The business session followed a work session and short trip to view property for potential sale. The voting portion of the meeting largely consisted of general housekeeping items associated with the fiscal year of 2018-2019, which comes to a close on June 30.

Following motions Solomon/Jarnigan and Cox/Solomon, three policies were approved on first reading and three more on second reading. The board also unanimously approved two general purpose fund budget amendments, and two federal purpose fund amendments, all with no final budget impacts.

With a motion from Cox and a second from Jarnigan, resolution 2019-61 for technology surplus found favor. The board also gave permission to Nancy Cubbins to apply for grants regarding vertical harvest.

Numbers for the Jefferson County Director of Schools Evaluation were made public and approved by the board. Dr. Johnston, Director of Jefferson County Schools, received a 4.48 (89.6%) out of 5 for his total evaluation score for his first year of office. Johnston received high marks in areas of communication with the board, staff, and the public. Dr. Johnston will meet individually with each board member to discuss any concerns that they may have in preparation for the 2019-20 school year.

School Board Chairman Potts stated that she was pleased with the evaluation scores and appreciates the initiative that Johnston has taken during his first as Director and looks forward to the future.

The Board will briefly meet one last time before the final county budget and county commission meetings to approve the last of the 2018-19 budget amendments.