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JRTC Board Meeting Notes


What follows are the notes from the November 13, 2018 meeting of the Jackson River Technical Center Joint Board of Control. You are encouraged to contact Eugene Kotulka if you have questions regarding this information.


Present: Bert Baker (Covington City), Tamala Preston (Covington City), Gerald Franson (Alleghany County), Jennifer Seckner (Alleghany County), Randy Tucker (Alleghany County), Jacob Wright (Chair, Alleghany County), Glenn Spangler (JRTC Director), Christy Armentrout (Clerk), Melinda Snead-Johnson (Covington City Superintendent) and Eugene Kotulka (Alleghany County Superintendent/Administrator).


1.      The minutes of the October meeting were approved.

2.      Mr. Spangler reported the automotive program underwent a 5-year NATEF review.  The review went well, he noted. 

3.      Mr. Spangler reported credentialing tests are underway and will continue the next few weeks. Welding students have completed the NOCTI with 100% pass rate.  Culinary Arts students will be taking the ServSafe test in the next few weeks. 

4.      Mr. Spangler gave a budget update, which includes a step raise pulus 1% increase for all staff.  A new chiller is included in the budget also.  It was noted that Alleghany County will contribute 1.3% less and Covington 1.3% more, due to a change in enrollment numbers. 

5.      As a follow up from a previous discussion in which Mr. Wright suggested board members not get paid unless they attend meetings, Mr. Kotulka recommended he discuss this with a legal representative.

6.      Mr. Spangler requested to submit an application to ERate to help with costs for an infrastructure upgrade.  The Board unanimously approved submission of the application.

7.      Mr. Spangler requested both school divisions consider sharing maintenance and technology issue services.  He noted outsourcing these tasks has been very costly.

8.      Mr. Kotulka reported the results of the recent student surveys will be presented on November 19 at 8:00 a.m. at the Central Office.  He also noted a tentative joint calendar had been formed to better suit the students and parents.  He explained days missed due to inclement weather may vary, but start dates and professional development days should be maintained.      

9.      Bills in the amount of $20,608.03 were approved.   Salaries in the amount of $84,896.44 were also paid in accordance with approved salary and benefit schedules.   


The meeting adjourned at 12:27 p.m.  The next meeting is December 11 at 12:00 p.m.