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September 8, 2015 – MINUTES

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September 8, 2015

            The Joint Board of Control for Jackson River Technical Center met in regular monthly session on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 with the following members present:

Cindy Bennett, Chairman       Covington City

Eddy Clemons                        Covington City

Craig Lane                              Alleghany County

Randy Tucker                         Alleghany County

Jacob Wright                          Alleghany County

Also present were Mr. Tom Long, Administrator; Mr. Glenn Spangler, Director; and Mrs. Sue Wolfe, Clerk.

Mrs. Bennett called the meeting to order at 12:01 noon and led in a moment of silence and the pledge of allegiance to the flag.


On a motion by Mr. Clemons, seconded by Mr. Lane, the minutes of the August 11, 2015, and August 19, 2015, meetings were approved as submitted unanimously by aye vote.



Mr. Spangler reported that the school year started off well with the students and classes. Mr. Spangler reported that a grant application was sent to the Alleghany Foundation in the amount of $234,440.  If approved, the money for the grant will be used in the welding lab as follows:

  1. A ventilation system that would cost approximately $100,00
  2. Enough welding machines so that all twenty students can be working on the same kind of welder (mig, tig, or pipe) at the same time.

He told members that Mr. Wright has reviewed the application and offered suggestions.    In addition, the President of DSLCC wrote a letter of support for the improvements to the Welding Program and it was attached to the application.  In the discussion last month, there was a request for funding for the Culinary Arts program.  In looking at the request, Mr. Spangler felt that there was enough money in the budget with Perkins funding to take care of the Culinary Arts needs.

Mr. Tucker asked if there is a long range plan for retiring and replacing necessary equipment for each program.  Mr. Spangler replied that he had requested that teachers supply requests for long range planning last year, but the retiring teachers did not feel it was their place to anticipate the needs of their programs.  Mr. Tucker requested that Mr. Spangler work toward having a long range plan.


Approve Skills Advisory Committee  (16-15)

Approve Craft Committees  (16-16)

Approve Child Care Aides  (16-17)

Mr. Spangler explained the role of each of the lists.  Mrs. Bennett asked how many times a year the committees meet.  Mr. Spangler replied that they try to meet three times a year.  He hopes that the Craft Committees will be included with the dinner that the Joint Board and Skills Advisory Council have in April.  As recommended by Mr. Spangler, the following Skills Advisory Committee, Craft Committees, and Child Care Aides were approved on a motion by Mr. Tucker, seconded by Mr. Clemons:

JRTC Skills Advisory Council


Kathy Bryant – Highlands Community Bank

Earl Dodrill – DSLCC

Grover Ford – Covington Honda Nissan

Teresa Hammond – Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce

Christopher Simmons – VEC Workforce Center

Melinda Snead-Johnson – Covington City Schools

Tamyra Ross – Alleghany County Schools

Jamie Huffman – JRTC

Herb Slaydon – Alleghany Highlands Economic Development

JRTC Craft Committees


Automotive Technology

Shawn Ryder – Service Technician, Alleghany Chrysler

Carl Dressler – Service Manager, Alleghany Chrysler

Grover Ford – Sales, Honda Nissan of Covington

Richie Caruthers – Service Technician, Honda Nissan of Covington

Building Trades

Daryl Burkholder, Owner Burkholder Electric & DSLCC Instructor

Darren Burkholder – Burkholder Electric

Tiffany Sanders – Owner Chapman Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning

Joseph Brinley – NECA/IBEW Local Union #26 Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee School Coordinator


Carl “Shorty” Wolfe – CT Wolfe Construction

Chris Burns – Chris Burns Construction

Mark Brackenridge – J & J Electric

Culinary Arts

Michel Neutlings – Executive Chef, The Livery Tavern Restaurant

Michel Galand – Owner, Café Michel

Steve Greenblatt – Owner, Vick’s Family Restaurant

Michael May – Cook, the Omni Homestead Resort

Martha Atherholt – Owner, Jack Mason’s Tavern

Health Occupations

Julie Persinger – Registered Nurse at LewisGale Hospital, Alleghany

Angela Baldwin – Administrator, The Woodlands Health and Rehab Center

Amy Phillips – RN, BSN, Director of Nursing at The Brian Center

Jeanette Man – BSN, NREMT-P, Director of Emergency Medical Services Program at DSLCC

Heather Mann – Public Health Nurse, Alleghany/Covington Health Department

Early Childhood Education

Pat Braden – Special Needs Teacher, Covington High School

Debbie Burns – Alleghany Community Services Counselor, Second Step Supervisor

Michelle Via – Elementary Teacher, Mountain View Elementary School

Jessica Crance – Special Needs Teacher, Natural ridge Elementary School

Lynette Huffman – Elementary Teacher, Mountain View Elementary School

Barbara Workman – Alleghany Highlands YMCA Child Care Program


Tammy Scruggs – Executive Director, Alleghany Highlands Arts Council

Amy Phillips – Human Resources and Marketing, Bath Community Hospital

Sheri Walters – Alleghany Highlands Free Clinic


Mike Bryant – Welding Instructor/Program Head, DSLCC

Shane Crawford – Welder, Gala Industries

Roy Smith – ARC3 Welding Supply

Early Child Aides 2015-2016

Victoria Ann Clarke

Sarah Belle Dawson

Lauren Downer

Kaitlynn Michelle Downey

Sarah Grace Loving

Murray Dare McClung

Approve VRS Resolution  (16-18).  Mr. Spangler explained that participants of VRS are required to approve a resolution to Allow Eligible Employees to Direct Hybrid Voluntary Contributions to an Employer-Sponsored Hybrid 403(b) Retirement Plan or a resolution NOT to Allow Eligible Employees to Direct Hybrid Voluntary Contributions to an Employer-Sponsored Hybrid 403(b) Retirement Plan.  If employers choose to Allow Employees to Direct Hybrid Voluntary Contributions, then they will be required to bear the cost of establishing and administering their own deferred compensation and cash match plans for the hybrid retirement program.

As recommended by Mr. Spangler, the Board approved the following resolution NOT to allow Eligible Employees to Direct Hybrid Voluntary Contributions on motion by Mr. Tucker and a second by Mr. Clemons:


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. Wright moved to enter executive session as requested by Mrs.  Bennett. Mr. Tucker seconded the motion, and the motion was approved by aye vote at 12:13 p.m.

At 12:22 p.m., Mr. Wright moved that the Board return to open session from closed session.  Mr. Lane seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimous vote.

At 12:25 p.m., Mr. Tucker 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. Wright seconded the motion, and the motion was approved unanimously by roll call vote.


Approve Substitute Teacher  (16-20).  As recommended by Mr. Spangler, Susie Wallace was unanimously approved as substitute teacher on motion by Mr. Wright.  She was inadvertently omitted from the August list of substitute teachers.

Accept Retirement  (16-21).  Mr. Spangler said “that with heavy heart, he recommended that the Board accept the retirement of Constance Sue Wolfe, effective January 1, 2016.”  Mr. Wright moved that the retirement be accepted as recommended,  Mr. Lane seconded the motion, and the motion carried unanimously by aye vote.


PAY BILLS  (16-22):

Bills in the amount of  $14,718.89 were approved for payment on a motion by Mr. Wright, seconded by Mr. Lane with a unanimous approval by aye vote.

Bills and salaries for the month of July in the amount of $57,537.35 were also paid in accordance with approved salary and benefit schedules.



The meeting adjourned at 12:26  p.m. on motion by Mr. Tucker, seconded by Mr. Wright.
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Date Approved                                                                        Clerk






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