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October 13, 2015 – MINUTES

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October 13, 2015


The Joint Board of Control for Jackson River Technical Center met in regular monthly session on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 with the following members present:

Cindy Bennett, Chairman            Covington City

Eddy Clemons                             Covington City

Robert Garten                              Covington City

Billy Angle                                 Alleghany County

Craig Lane                                  Alleghany County

Jacob Wright                              Alleghany Count

Also present were Mr. Tom Long, Administrator; Mr. Eugene Katulka, Superintendent of Alleghany County Schools; Mr. Glenn Spangler, Director; and Mrs. Sue Wolfe, Clerk.

Mrs. Bennett called the meeting to order at 12:00 noon and led in a moment of silence and the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


On a motion by Mr. Garten, seconded by Mr. Lane, the minutes of the September 8, 2015, and October 5, 2015, meetings were approved as submitted unanimously by aye vote.


Mr. Spangler reported we have just completed our first six-weeks and everything seems to be going well.  Our new Auto teacher is doing very well.  He has decided to make some changes in the classroom, for example, by replacing desks with tables. He began the year by writing a letter to the students, explaining who he is and what he plans to do.  Mr. Starcher requested Mr. Spangler’s approval first.

Mr. Spangler reported that he and Mr. Huffman entertained members of the Alleghany Foundation for 2 ½ hours one afternoon.  They toured the building, asking questions and receiving answers throughout.  Afterward, Mr. Huffman made a good presentation, explaining the need for the grant from the foundation.  He answered questions and later supplied the Foundation with additional information concerning the questions that were asked.  Mr. Spangler told members that we will probably know something in November but that the grants are not officially awarded until December.

Enrollment Report.  Mr. Spangler supplied members with a copy of enrollment by class as of September 30.  He noted that we have ten less students than we did last year at this time with Alleghany down fifteen and Covington up five.


Approve Pay Increase for JRTC Employees  (16-24).  Mr. Spangler reported that Alleghany County Schools has approved increases for their staff as follows:  2% increase for classified staff; 1.5% increase for certified staff; and 1% increase for administrators.  As a Joint Center we normally get a percentage of a raise given by either system (80% of an Alleghany County raise; 20% of a Covington City raise).  For example, when Covington employees received a 1.5% increase, JRTC employees received a .3% increase.  Mr. Spangler requested approved of the following increases:  1.6% increase for classified staff; 1.2% increase for certified staff; and .8% increase for administrators.  He requested that new contracts be approved to adjust the salary for 2015-16.  Mr. Wright moved that the salary increases and new contracts be approved as recommended by Mr. Spangler.  Mr. Angle seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously by aye vote.


Mrs. Bennett called for a motion to enter executive session to discuss personnel matters, pursuant to the Code of Virginia Section 2.2-3711.A.1.  Mr. Clemons moved to enter executive session as requested by Mrs.  Bennett. Mr. Garten seconded the motion, and the motion was approved by aye vote at 12:09 p.m.

At 12:11 p.m., Mr. Angle moved that the Board return to open session from closed session.  Mr. Clemons seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously by aye vote.

At 12:12 p.m., Mr. Angle moved 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 applied; and
  2. Only such public business matters as were identified in the motion convening the closed meeting were heard, discussed or considered by the Board.

Mr. Garten seconded the motion, and the motion was approved unanimously by roll call vote.


Approve Technology Specialist Position (16-26).  As recommended by Mr. Spangler, Christopher McGuire was unanimously approved as technology specialist after a motion by Mr. Garten, seconded by Mr. Clemons.

PAY BILLS  (16-27):

Bills in the amount of $32,208.79 were approved for payment on a motion by Mr. Garten, seconded by Mr. Clemons with a unanimous approval by aye vote.

Bills and salaries for the month of September in the amount of $101,226.65 were also paid in accordance with approved salary and benefit schedules.


The meeting adjourned on motion by Mr. Garten, seconded by Mr. Clemons.
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Date Approved                                                                               Clerk






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