School Board Renews Barnwell Contract, Okays Elementary Classroom Construction

From Staff Reports

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L-R: Tawny Foster, Kiara Andrews, Shelby Armstrong, Carsyn Thomas, Charlene Moore; Principal: Timothy Phy; NJHS Sponsor: Vickie Bryson
Following discussions and some explanations from Myron Stringer and Gary Douglas with Contech regarding the planned construction of additional elementary classrooms during last week’s Jefferson ISD Board meeting, Trustee Ned Fratangelo moved to authorize the project to proceed.

Superintendent Rob Barnwell was instructed to negotiate the terms of the pending contract, allowing construction to begin as soon as possible. Dr. Kent Thigpen seconded the motion.

Motion carried, 7-0. Barnwell estimated the addition of a new classroom wing to the elementary campus could cost as much as $1.8 million, but would not require a bond election.

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The Jefferson Junior High School Council and NJHS officers present gifts to the Jefferson  School Board members to show their appreciation for their service to our community.

At the conclusion of an executive session, Trustee Leah Cooper moved to re-new the three year contract of Barnwell.

In recognition of Board Appreciation month, Barnwell thanked the Board members for their service and dedication to the district.

Student representatives from the Junior High campus were also present to give a short presentation and to give a gift of appreciation to the board members.

Barnwell also said that the other campuses planned on doing something for board appreciation at the next meeting.

Jay Patrick also gave a presentation related to the technology department, including recent accomplishments, infrastructure improvements, things to consider in the near future, and the overall status of the department.
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An architect’s rendering of the new classroom wing for Jefferson Elementary School.

The board approved ETEX for Category 1, and CDWG for Category 2, regarding ERate proposals related to internet and other technology necessities, as recommended by Patrick.

The textbook adoption committee for K-8 ELA for next school year, as recommended by Dr. Lynn Phillips, was approved.

Mr. Godfrey made a motion to approve the Consent agenda (previous minutes, budget amendments, and TASB updates). Motion was duly seconded by Mr. Fratangelo. Motion carried, 7-0.

The board approved the amendments to the Guardian Program’s administrative regulations related to weapons restrictions.

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