High School Principal Johnny Budd presented the updated information
regarding those students receiving retention letters at the
regular meeting on Wednesday, May 19. According to Budd, the
number of letters sent out was the lowest in three years.
Budd explained that the parents, student, and himself meet to
determine the best strategy to improve a students grade.
He said that students are given acuity tests four times a year
and receive additional help in weak areas.
A new software program that teaches students to critically analyze
information is being piloted at JCD. Critical Web Reader was
paid for through a grant and will be used in the English department.
JCD will continue to use the Indiana Virtual Academy for students
in need of credit recovery at no cost to the student, according
to Budd. Currently, 120 students county wide are using this
The board approved a resolution to pay expenses on design and
building related building project costs incurred before the
building financing was approved. Bid information for the building
project will be available on June 17 and will be due back in
July, according to JCD Superintendent Bill Narwold.
The board was asked to consider a stronger, more consistent
program for students in special ed. Concerns were expressed
for the priority for Title I students and teacher, requesting
outside substitutes be used rather than existing staff.
In personnel matters, the board approved the non-renewal of
the contracts for Courtney Hughes, David Huling, Mike Stephens,
and Greg Whaley with a vote of 3-2, Deanna Young and Bill Roberts
The retirement of Nancy Leever was unanimously approved. The
resignation of bus driver Don Newhart was approved. The board
approved the hiring of Rachel Staggs as Spanish teacher starting
the 2010-2011 school year.
All board members were in attendance. The next meeting will
be held on Wednesday, June 16 at 6 p.m. at the elementary library.