Johnson City school board discusses budget and building projects

Brandon Paykamian • Jun 3, 2019 at 8:51 PM

The Johnson City Board of Education delved into next school year’s budget at Monday’s board meeting.

At May’s meeting, the board approved a 2% salary increase. For this and the $469,000 needed for teachers’ step increases, Johnson City Schools will need $1,146,367 in additional funds. Total revenues for the budget stood at $74,878,290. School board members said they will discuss the possibility of supplementing their funding needs for the 2019-20 school year with Johnson City commissioners Thursday.

Board members also discussed progress on the Liberty Bell cafeteria and gym, a key construction component of converting both Indian Trail Intermediate School and Liberty Bell Middle School into two new middle schools for grades 5-8.

Footers are now about 30 percent complete, while masonry work on the project should begin the second week of June. Poor soil has delayed much of the construction, but the project is still projected to be completed in June 2020, according to Randy Trivette, Johnson City Schools project manager.

The board also gave special recognition to Mountain View kindergarten student Cashne Ayers, who placed third in the Ronald McDonald Heart Campaign. Mountain View fourth-grader Jaiden Jackson also received an Honorable Mention Award for the PTA Reflections contest for the state, and Science Hill freshman Jenna Hutchins was recognized for recently winning the 800 and 1,600-meter track state championship in Murfreesboro.

Johnson City Schools Director of Instruction and Communication Debra Bentley said Hutchins also “clocked the fastest freshman mile in the nation” this weekend. Her time was 4 minutes and 43.33 seconds.

“I have a feeling we’ll be hearing more from Jenna Hutchins in the future,” Bentley said.

For more information on Monday’s Johnson City Board of Education meeting and future meetings, visit www.jcschools.org.


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