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April 12, 2016 – MINUTES

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April 12, 2016


The Joint Board of Control for Jackson River Technical Center met in regular monthly session on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 with the following members present:

Cindy Bennett, Chairman          Covington City

William Angle                           Alleghany County

Eddy Clemons                          Covington City

Craig Lane                               Alleghany County

Jacob Wright                            Alleghany County

Also present were Mr. Eugene Kotulka, Superintendent of Alleghany County Schools; Mr. Glenn Spangler, Director; and Ms. Christy Armentrout, Clerk.

Mrs. Bennett called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m. and led in a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Approval of Minutes:

On a motion by Mr. Angle, seconded by Mr. Clemons, the minutes of the March 8, 2016 meeting were approved as submitted unanimously by aye vote.


Administrative Reports (16-52):

Budget Update. Mr. Spangler presented the board with an updated budget worksheet. Included in the worksheet was the addition of some participants to the health insurance plan, which caused an increase in projected expenditures. The worksheet also includes a 2% raise for employees starting July 1st, 2016. The difference between making the raise effective July 1 as opposed to December 1 is $5,266.00.

Mr. Kotulka noted that Alleghany County will not have money to cover the cost of the raise until December 1, 2016.

Website Update. Mr. Spangler noted that he has obtained quotes for website design and maintenance from three different local companies. He noted that one individual stands out as being the mostly likely best vendor for the task, however he is not ready to make a recommendation at this time. He noted that he would most likely be able to recommend a vendor to do the job at next month’s board meeting.

Programs Update. Mr. Spangler told the board that he recently met with the Skills Advisory Council, and they have decided to conduct a study to determine what programs would be beneficial to bring to Jackson River Technical Center. Mr. Wright asked if new programs would be likely to start mid-year during the 2016-17 school year. Mr. Spangler responded that it would be better to start any new programs the following school year, as beginning programs mid-year would not be conducive to the program’s success in the first full year of the program.

New Business:

Mr. Kotulka asked if he could present the board with an item of new business. He stated that he recently attended a CTE conference in Christiansburg, and that some of the career centers in West Virginia have been going in the direction of a New Tech style curriculum. He wanted to ask permission that everyone on the Joint Board and Mr. Spangler be able to visit one of these programs to observe what they are doing in these programs in working with the community to train students.

Executive Session (16-53):

Mrs. Bennett requested a motion to go into executive session, pursuant to VA code 2.2-3711.1 to discuss personnel matters including personnel matters.

A motion was made by Eddy Clemons and seconded by Jacob Wright that the Board enter executive session to discuss Personnel Matters as authorized by the Code of Virginia 2.2-3711A.1.    The motion was carried by unanimous aye vote as of 6:14 p.m.

Mrs. Bennett requested a motion to close executive session and return to open session.

A motion was made by Eddy Clemons and seconded by Craig Lane that executive session be closed in order to convene in regular session.  The motion was carried by unanimous aye votes as of 6:16 p.m.

After returning to open session, Mrs. Bennett requested a motion to certify that to the best of each member’s knowledge:

  1. Only public business matters lawfully exempted from opening meeting requirements by Virginia law were discussed in the closed meeting to which this certification applies; and
  2. Only such public business matters as were identified in the motion convening the closed meeting were, discussed or considered by the Board.

A motion was made by Eddy Clemons and second by Jacob Wright that all business was conducted in accordance with the Code of Virginia.

A roll call vote was conducted by the clerk.

  1. Angle (yes)
  2. Bennett (yes)
  3. Clemons (yes)
  4. Lane (yes)
  5. Wright (yes)

Approve Elimination of Positions (16-54):

            Mr. Spangler read a prepared statement regarding the elimination of positions:

“Jackson River Technical Center will be eliminating seven staff positions because of a reduction in force. It needs to be noted that this action has nothing to do with their job performance, but rather is the result of the elimination of the Regional Educational Technology Center (ETC) and Regional Alternative Education Program. Because of this, the following seven staff members will not have their contracts renewed for the 2016-2017 school year, and will no longer be employed by Jackson River Technical Center as of the conclusion of work on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

The individuals are:
John Wayne Persinger – Alternative Education Teacher

Julie Meadows – Alternative Education Teacher

Dianne Kincaid – Alternative Education Instructional Aid

Chris McGuire – ETC Technology Specialist

Boyd Goodbar – ETC Technology Specialist

Sandra Higgins – ETC Network Specialist

James Jeff Alleman – ETC Coordinator”

Mrs. Bennett called for a motion to approve the elimination of these positions. A motion was made by Mr. Clemons and seconded by Mr. Angle. The motion was carried by unanimous aye votes.


Pay Bills (16-55):

Mr. Lane reviewed the bills and moved that the bills in the amount of $78,894.82 be approved for payment. Mr. Angle seconded the motion, and the motion carried by unanimous aye vote.

Bills and salaries in the amount of $102,765.18 were also paid in accordance with approved salary and benefit schedules.



The meeting adjourned 6:20 p.m. on motion by Mr. Clemons, seconded by Mr. Wright.

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Date Approved                                                                               Clerk







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