Governing Board

Board of Directors March Meeting - Monday March 19th, 2018 @5:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Julianne Stokes present On Time At Adjournment
Donald Morillo not present
Gunnar Nistad present 10 Minutes Late At Adjournment
Melanie Millar present On Time At Adjournment
Timothy Thorn present On Time At Adjournment
Mary Beth Meggett present On Time At Adjournment
Brenda Grant present 45 Minutes Late At Adjournment
George Williams present On Time At Adjournment

Welcome and Call to Order

The meeting will be called to the order, beginning with the pledge of allegiance and a moment of silence.

Approval Of The Agenda As Submitted

So that there is an agreement between board members on the agenda, and the amount of time spent on the meeting, the board shall vote to approve an agenda for the meeting. To the best of its ability, it will stick to that agenda, and allow for the chair to usher the board through the agenda as specified.

Approval Of The Agenda As Submitted

By: Mary Beth Meggett Seconded by: George Williams

Chairwoman Mary Beth Megget put the motion to a vote, and it was accepted unanimously 4-0

Approval of Minutes from Feb 26, 2018

Approve the minutes as submitted

By: Julianne Stokes Seconded by: Melanie Millar

Chairwoman Mary Beth Megget put the motion to a vote, and it was accepted unanimously 4-0 (2 members were late during this vote and 1 absent).

Public Forum

Our Public Comment period is for members of the public to address the board. Each member of the public may sign up to comment at the meeting and will be allotted two minutes. The board will listen, but may not directly respond to any comments. 

No community member or parent signed up.

KM Consulting

Presenting JISCH monthly Finacial Statement.

IDEA allotment was decreased.
EEDA career specialist was decreased from CCSD.
High schools technology line was increased for technology supplies. 
Supplies line was increased because of teacher supply checks. 
Pupils activity athletics was increased $50000. KM is working on an Itemized breakdown of items for next board meeting & Executive session.   

Leadership Report

Presented by Leadership Chair Sheli Ballard.

LEADERSHIP TEAM-The leadership team has updated our field trip policy.  The purpose of this revision was to streamline voting practices and ensure timely communication among shareholders.

MEDIA CENTER- Library is helping students organize a Voter Registration drive with the help of the League of Women Voters and the National Council of Negro Women. The Library hosted the Ida Berman Photography Exhibit showcasing efforts of John's Island civil rights activists in 1959. Various classes utilized the exhibit to support their curriculum.

ENGLISH-Drama Club is putting on the Talent Show on March 15th (date might change as I just heard the NHS dodgeball tournament is the same night....sigh) Also we are putting on Hello, Dolly! in conjunction with James Island Players first weekend in May. Auditions are next week and students seem pretty excited about that as well. :)

TEACHER CADET- The following students were accepted into South Carolina's Chapter of the National Teacher Cadet Honor Society: Zoe Helms, Anna McKee,Max Miliken, Rose Mardikian, Hannah Kolzer.

These students are among only 100 students in the state who will be recognized at Columbia College March 10th for their outstanding academic record and exemplary performance as Teacher Cadets.

Fine Arts Update for Board:

Destiny Denue won 1st place in the SEWE Duck Stamp Contest and took 1st place for her artwork for the Youth Art Month National Art Honors Society Flag for the State of SC themed, “Building Community Through Art”. Congrats to her and Ms. Purvis in Art Club and Ms. Stafford, her art teacher!

2 Band students were selected for the USC Band Clinic and attended earlier this month in Columbia, SC. 8 students attended Region Band this past weekend. Our Jazz Band had its first performance at High School Information Night and we are hoping to grow this particular program. All State Chorus students go to Winthrop University this weekend.

9 of 10 students @ BPA State qualified for Nationals in Dallas (May 8-13)

Athletic Report

Presented by Athletic Director Jeremy Holland

Individual Sports Reports:

Girls Soccer - Varsity is 5-3 and is 2nd in the region at 3-1. Defeated Wando for possible the first time in school history. JV Girls Soccer – 1-1 in Region

Boys Soccer – Varsity is 8-2 and in 2nd place in Region at 3-1. Ranked 6th in the State. JV Boys Soccer – 2-2 and 2-1 in Region

Softball - Varsity is 4-3 and 2-3 in Region play. Last two games they defeated Wando 12-2 and West Ashley 21-3. JV – 1-5

Baseball - Varsity is 1-7 and 0-4 in Region play. JV – 1-5

Boy Tennis- 3-1 in Region play

Boys Golf - 3-0 in Region. Finished in 3rd place in the Patriots Invitational. (16 teams)

Boys Lacrosse - 1-5. Defeated Bluffton 7-0 and won the first game in school history.

Girls Lacrosse- 0-5

Track - Season just getting started. Meaningful meets coming in the following weeks

Upcoming Events:

April 9th we will honor Chessington Marshall, former softball player killed by domestic violence, with a tree planting ceremony at the softball field.

Maintenance Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

  • Baseball dugout roofs have been reworked with meatal and ar 90% done.
  • Total of 4 new 280V circuits has been installed in the upstairs and downstairs teacher workrooms to accommodate the new copiers. 
  • A roof leak was discovered on Monday, March 12 in the hallway of the science building. It was on Wednesday 
  • JICHS Facilities Maint. Dept. has received and processed 87 work orders from February 26th to the present.
  • Marty Monette

    Facilities Director, JICHS

Principal’s Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

Principal’s Report 3/19/2018

2017-2018 Goal 1- Student Achievement: The average ACT composite score for third-year students will be 22 by 2020 as measured by school-wide testing administration (may need to amend). JICHS will meet or exceed district, and state averages on state-mandated assessments for the 2017-18 school year.

2017-2018 Goal 2- School Climate: Improve school climate by consistently communicating and reinforcing our behavioral expectations with students.

2017-2018 Goal 3 - Communication: To maintain an effective communication plan with all relevant stakeholders for the 2017-18 school year using a variety of media tools.

2017-2018 Goal 4- School Safety: Improve school safety by implementing recommendations from CCSD Department of Safety and Security and SLED during the 17-18 school year.

Academics/School Update of Events

●       March 13- Voter Registration Drive during lunches (Mrs. Crumpton).

●       March 14 Student Protest- the student protest went well. Approximately 700-800 students attended the protest in the senior courtyard.

-March 16-18 FBLA Conference

Congratulations to our JICHS Chapter for competing at the SC FBLA State Conference. The following will advance to compete at Nationals in Baltimore, MD in June.


First Place

Amera Roper, Nyashia Daniels, Grace

Barbour and Alaysha Heyward - Parli Pro

Megan Sanders and Danielle Wright - Business Financial Plan


Second Place

Amelia White - Management Decision Making

Janai Whaley - Emerging Business Issues


Third Place

Ashley Manigault - Advertising


Fourth Place

Maya Lucas, Brielle Roper and Brianna Roper - Intro to Business Presentation

-March 15- The Annual Dodgeball Tournament. The event raised xx, which was donated to xx charity.

-March 19 - JI Reads Author visit-Jason Reynolds.

-Student Assembly on March 22 at 10:40 am in the PAC.  Wake Up Carolina 1-hour assembly on opioid addiction. Seniors will attend the assembly in PAC. The assembly will be simultaneously broadcasted in all advisories. Parents and community are welcome.

About Wake Up Carolina

We are a movement of South Carolinians who have joined our efforts to fight substance abuse, the terrible scourge that is ravaging our cities and destroying our families. We have witnessed too many senseless deaths, crimes, and overdoses of our children and neighbors. We know that the problem is only getting started and will become worse if we don’t take action. We are a movement resolved to end substance abuse in our communities, and we are growing in numbers.

This group presented last year at the CCSD Principal’s February meeting.

Jason Sandoval, DEA Agent


●       March 22- Talent Show at 6 pm in the PAC hosted by the Drama Club. All proceeds will be donated to charity.  

Charter Application Update

●       On February 26, 2018, the  Charleston County Board of Trustees voted 9-0 to approve to approve the JICHS Charter Application. CCSD is currently drafting a contract for our next charter.

Staff Professional Development- Spann

2/28- Literacy PD

-From Marvel to Mannequin challenge- how to use pop culture to revitalize the classroom (literacy strategies) Enfinger - Rm 235

-Using diverse books to reach all students (mirrors, windows, and doors) - Ball & Barksdale - Media Center -Strategies and books that could be used in non-science courses to help with reading and vocabulary that science students need to know. - Lyles - Rm 304

-An informative session on analyzing Lexile and Quantile scores to set goals and guide instruction - Ballard, Barbee, Johnson, Scruggs - Rm 214

- Using literature to teach social studies content - Howard - Rm 210

3/28 Curriculum Mapping Next Steps- Analyzing assessment data in PLC’s.

Technology- Matt Gilbert

  • Xerox copier access is being confirmed and updated for all instructional staff.
  • Online ACT assessment went way more smoothly this year than last.
  • 4 new Promethean boards are installed and 4 teachers are happy
  • The Technology team is currently developing a five year plan.

Testing- Mrs. Spann and Mr. Neloms

●    On March 7, 2018, over 1,200 tests were given - 11th-grade students will took the ACT (276) or the SAT (76). 9th and 10th-grade students took Pre-ACT.

●    Career Assessment- WIN Test Date April 17-18, all third-year students.  

Enrollment Update 2018-19

●       Capacity is 1,600 students

●       District 3 8th Grade Students- 279

School Choice Application

●       267 Applications, 174 First Choice Applications, 121 seats for open enrollment students (104 9th grade students).

●       March 16, 2018- Notification of acceptance

●       March 18-28, 2018- Parent confirm acceptance

●       By May 1, 2018-  Residency address confirmations must be received.

Once we receive parent acceptances, we will work through our waitlist to fill any remaining seats.

We are working with Camp Road Middle School to get rising 9th grades to complete the enrollment process for next  year.

Human Resources

●       Two math teachers have been hired for next year. We still have one more math position to fill. Current          openings are: 1 FACS, 1 Math, 1 SPED , 1 PE, and 1SCS.

Construction Update-

●       A new CTE expansion wing and competition gym are expected to be completed by 2022.

●       Going forward, CCSD will be paying to maintain the stadium. There are plans to install handle railings. The stadium will be placed on the next bond referendum to replace the existing grandstands and the attached building. This will not occur for at least five years.

School Safety Update

●       Safety Drills Conducted

March 5- tornado drill

March 16- fire drill

Note: A Code Red is currently being planned.

●       We are receiving fencing and gate options quotes to secure the front of our campus. The goal is secure the front of campus for both vehicles and pedestrians during the school day.

●       Random Searches

Type of Search Dates Results

AM Wanding - 2/26, 3/6, 3/13 No weapons. 1 student with paraphernalia, 1 student with prescription and over the counter pills.   

Classroom - 3/8 No weapons or drugs were found

●       Marty Monette and I have researched installing and staffing metal detectors. The desired metal detectors cost approximately $3,300 (40% discount for schools). The real cost is in staffing each device. According to CCSD, Horry County is the only district they know of that uses metals detectors every day in their secondary schools. They do not search every student every day. According to the Principal St. James High School (1,650 students), they randomly search students every day. The random selection changes each day. On occasion, they will search every student.

●       Site Visit to St. James High School on 3/15/18- Thorn, C. Holland, M. Monette.  

●       Garrett Metal Detectors- safety assessment and proposal. They recommend 3 to 5 members per metal detector.

●       New Position- Safety Officer (Classified Administrator)

A dedicated to position for school safety. This would be an armed, ex-police officer that would be in charge of campus safety and security. This person would take over all aspects of school safety: training of staff and students, infrastructure needs, revision of all safety procedures and protocols, and supervision. This position exists at Charleston Charter School for Math and Science.

Calendar of Events

4/9 Finance Committee Meeting

4/10 DUI Rodeo- MUSC

4/12 Principal’s Cabinet 3:30 pm

4/14 Prom at the Charleston Marriott

4/16 Board of Directors Meeting

4/17-4/18 WIN Test Date

5/17 Renaissance Picnic

5/18 Senior Picnic

6/2/18 Graduation at 6:30 pm North Charleston Coliseum

Pricing Quotes

  • Garrett 
  • Gym Floor Cover
  • Fencing 

Executive Session

  • Charter Board (walk through with Mrs. Doane)
  • Principal Evaluation
  • Garrett Quote
  • Fence Contract
  • Gym Floor Cover quote
  • Payroll choices (CCSD, KM or Escalante)

Move into Executive session

By: Mary Beth Meggett Seconded by: George Williams

Chairwoman Mary Beth Megget put the motion to a vote, and it was accepted unanimously 6-0

To come out of Executive Session

By: Mary Beth Meggett Seconded by: Julianne Stokes

Chairwoman Mary Beth Megget put the motion to a vote, and it was accepted unanimously 6-0

Motions From Executive Session

To approve the Quote form Garrett Metal Detectors

By: Mary Beth Meggett Seconded by: Julianne Stokes

Chairwoman Mary Beth Megget put the motion to a vote, and it was accepted unanimously 6-0

To approve the Gym Floor Covering Quote

By: Mary Beth Meggett Seconded by: Melanie Millar

Chairwoman Mary Beth Megget put the motion to a vote, and it was accepted unanimously 6-0

Next Board Meeting April 16, 2018

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 8:59 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Mary Beth Meggett Seconded by: George Williams

There was no notable discussion on the motion.