Governing Board

Board of Directors Meeting December 2020 - Monday December 14th, 2020 @5:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Robert Woodall present member On Time At Adjournment
Greg Hays present member On Time At Adjournment
Tom Hatley present member On Time At Adjournment
Kathleen Beebe present secretary On Time At Adjournment
Timothy Thorn present ex-officio On Time At Adjournment
Melanie Millar present member On Time At Adjournment
Carson Stewart present member On Time At Adjournment
Maggie Bennett present member On Time At Adjournment

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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 Agenda

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 follow that agenda, and allow for the chair to move the board through the agenda as specified.

Approve the agenda as submitted

By: Kathleen Beebe Seconded by: Tom Hatley

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approval of Minutes from Nov 16, 2020


Approve the minutes as submitted

By: Kathleen Beebe Seconded by: Tom Hatley

There was no notable discussion on the motion.


Presenting JICHS monthly Financial Statement.

58% is exactly where we should be for the year currently.

Updated from Finance meeting-

  • Coastal Cantina revenue updated to $1,000
  • Pepsi Vending updated to $4,000
  • Rental Revenue updated to down form 10,000- $7,000


  • Plexiglass Outfitting Expense updated to $186,000
  • Athletic Travel updated to $15,000
  • Athletic Pupil Services to $11,000

bottom line 348k in the black.

IDEA deposit 219,000 will be deposited in the JICHS account.

Review COVID-19 & DHEC Report

data for Charleston and JICHS

11-25 data is high

12-2 data high/ positive rate medium

Rate is high & 12.6% positive currently on CCSD website.

Covid connect dashboard is on the JICHS website.

Leadership Team- Instructional Plan Recommendations

The leadership team has recommended staying in a Hybrid Model.

Annual Report

Because of Covid-19 school closer, most of the testing data isn't included in the report.

  • The report for the 1st charter goal is incomplete because of Covid-19.
  • Academic goal 2 to have more kids in honors, AP, IB, and dual credit courses. The test was modified because of Covid. 79.3% passing rate. Overall passage rate fell by 3.3% test were remote because of Covid-19. An action plan for next year has been made. Avid program and hopefully we will have a summer bridge.
  • Academic Goal 3 incomplete data because of Covid-19

JICHS has 2 AVID cohorts for 9th and 10th grade.

eLearning day 12/18/2020

Friday, 12.18.2020, an eLearning day with bell schedule R2.

To Approve eLearning day for Friday, 12/18/2020

By: Kathleen Beebe Seconded by: Tom Hatley

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Leadership Report

Presented by Leadership Chair Sheli Ballard.


  • The Leadership is finalizing 2020-21 Charter Goals Action Plans (those will be shared next month).
  • The Charter Revisions Special Committee will be sharing recommendations for a few revisions to our charter document once approved by LT in January.
  • The LT recommends that JICHS conduct an eLearning day (bell schedule R2) on Friday, Dec. 18, with faculty & staff being dismissed @ 12:30 pm.



  • AP European History: Students are learning about the English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution. We made comic strips to summarize the Glorious Revolution & submitted them virtually through Canvas.

  • IB Anthropology students are learning about how culture is created, normalized and learned. Students created a presentation about the things they needed in order to be “normal” teenagers. They made a list of all the necessary items they would need to be normal, then highlighted the MOST important of those items. We then discussed whether those were actual needs or wants. Further, if they wanted, what created the desire to own those things? Hint: it’s culture. See examples here.
  • In US History Honors, we’ve been learning about sectionalism before the Civil War, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. In order to understand how sectionalism led to the Civil War, the students created a rap to explain it. Here are some examples.


  • (Lyles)IB Biology Year 2 students taught review lessons to each other.  They had to plan a lecture, a review and an activity.  These are pictures of the activity for an anatomy and physiology review. There were 3 stations that students rotated through. Their time at the table was limited to less than 10 minutes.


  • (Cox-Washington) After watching two videos on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered mosquitoes, Honors Biology students were asked to create a video response answering the following question: Do you think that we should use technology to modify living organisms to solve all (or maybe just some) of the issues presented in the video?  Why or why not? This was their first time submitting an assignment in this format and having to defend their opinion by reasoning scientifically.  Here are some of the better responses:

GMOs and Bioengineering Responses

  • (Lyles) Earth Science students modeling the processes of weathering and erosion using Skittles and water.

  • (Lyles) Earth Science students participated in a virtual visit from Old Santee Canal State Park to discuss indigo in S.C.  Students learned about the history of indigo and how the dye was extracted from the plants during the height of indigo production.  After the lesson, students used indigo to tie-dye cloth swatches and face masks.  Students socially distanced while waiting in line to dye their masks and returned to their desks to work on their unit project after the dyeing process was completed.

  • (Barrett) IB SEHS students learned about the range of motion around joints. Students compared full range of motion to limited range of motion by running a 20 meter length without restrictions followed by the same 20 meters with their knee and elbow joints braced in cardboard. Students repeated this several times so they could fully analyze the data. It may be a little difficult to tell that they are running but they are running!


  • (Evans) Marine Science students completed their posters on the importance of the estuaries. Students were to develop an informative poster outlining why estuaries were important from various perspectives using the information they learned in class, through our oyster dissection, and their own research. Below are a few examples of the posters. At the end of the unit the students participated in a video discussion with a group of high school students from Sweden! The students compared their local marine ecosystem as well as discussing cultural similarities and differences. 


  • (Barrett & Reeves) Biology students are starting a book study as a part of their final exam. Students have the opportunity to select from 6 different novels. They will read and collaborate via “book club” meetings over the next several weeks. The goal/final project will be for them to relate parts in the book to our SC Biology standards. Getting the students to see the science in everyday things will be fun, exciting, and engaging! We hope you ll are as excited about this project as we are! 


  • Chris Epps' Integrated Science class is reading Nyxia and participated in an author zoom visit with Scott Reintgen.  Half the class joined us in the library while the other half zoomed in.
  • Congratulations to our Senior All Stars!  Look for their posters in the hallway if you make it to JI this school year.
  • Mr. Hilyer's CP US history class and Ms Crumpton have been collaborating on projects on December history events and acting as a local reporter at a Civil War site in Charleston.  Flipgrid was a good interactive way to share their projects in a different format.  We are trying to keep topics relevant and local so that students can relate.


  • On December 6th, several SC-922 cadets participated in a community service project to support the 24th Annual Marine Corps Reserves and Law Riders Motorcycle Club event--an escorted motorcycle ride--in support of the "Toys for Tots" charity. Cadets assisted in traffic control and parking of 362 motorcycles at the venue site and 600+ riders/passengers. The event raised over $5,000 and garnered 650 toys for underprivileged children in the Low Country. Further, due to COVID issues quarantining some of their members, the Marine Corps Reserves Color Guard scheduled to support the event's opening ceremony was unable to perform. The SC-922 Color Guard eagerly filled the role. MSgt Britt and Col Remington both received numerous positive comments from attendees about the performance of all of the cadets present.
  • On December 8th, JICHS' Principal, Tim Thorn; Athletic Director, Jeremy Holland; and Front Atrium Receptionist, Julie Agee, accompanied several members of SC-922 to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum in Pooler, Georgia. Upon arrival, all were able to participate in a 2-hour guided tour to learn of the incredible story of the Eighth Air Force's contributions to the allied victory in Europe in World War II. This was followed by a catered lunch within the museum and a safe return trip back to JICHS.


  • Kerise Broome (English) -- Awarded the 2020 NSHSS Innovation in Teaching Educator Grant; she will receive $500 for supplies for the Amazing Race project that her students will complete.
  • Tracy Lyles (science) -- Awarded funding for a  Donors Choose project: “The Radium Girls: the Bright and Dark History of Radium”
  • Tracy Lyles, Jody Evans, Jackie Schoen, & Abigail Reeves (science) -- Recipients of a BOSCH BEST Teacher grant.  This $2000 grant will fund a science weather station and supplies for use by the science department.  The initial focus of the equipment will be a comparison of weather trends and Spartina alterniflora growth patterns.

Athletic Report

Presented by Athletic Director Jeremy Holland.

Individual Sports Reports:

Football - All-Region 

 Will Shealy

Jaden Scott

John Grant

Hunter Higgins

Jaquan Wallace

Volleyball -  ALL -Region 

Katie Tillman  (ALL State as well)

Rayna Gilbert

Girls Tennis- ALL-Region

Sophia Broomall


Winter Sports just getting started 


Boys Basketball State Ranking -

Class 4A Boys

1. @FloraAthletics 

2. Aiken

3. James Island

4. South Pointe

5. @RNEBBasketball 

6. Greenville

7. Travelers Rest

8. @irmobasketball 

9. Hartsville

10. Lancaster

Positive Student-Athlete Happenings:

Join our student-athletes as they help promote unity and equality by purchasing a bracelet. Proceeds will go to the International African American Museum https://iaamuseum.org. Click, order, and come to the main office to pick yours up. https://jamesislandhigh.revtrak.net/athletic-wristband-fundraiser/… @iaamuseum


Female Athlete of the Month: Amelia Carson - 

, a senior runner, finished the 2020 Cross Country season with an all-region and ALL-STATE designation. 8th place finish at the State meet, helped James Island earn the 4A State Championship by 1 point.


Male Athlete of the Month: Jaden Scott :

 Scott, senior WR, finished the 2020 campaign with 47 receptions for 560 yards and 2 touchdowns while also compiling 5 touchdowns on 116 rushing yards over 15 attempts.


Baseball players shave their heads in support of their fellow teammate’s mother who is fighting breast cancer


“We may never win a baseball game, but we have won as humans! I’ve never been more proud of my guys for stepping up and showing support for one of our own! You can talk about family all you want, but these men PROVED they are a family! We love you KO! #cancersucks

Baseball players shave their heads in support of their fellow teammate’s mother who is fighting breast cancer. 


Wrestling Team cleans up Trash on Road:



COVID issues

Boys basketball and wrestling have been quarantined. All athletics will stop till after break so the kids can be healthy for regional competitions.

Maintenance Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

  • The gym floor was re-finished over the Thanksgiving break.   

  • The sidewalk that was torn up to repair the water main leak at the softball press box in Nov. has been re-poured. 

  • Annual fire testing of the kitchen exhaust hood and the exhaust hood in room 114 is complete, both passed without issue.            


  • The “slow - school zone” flashing lights at either end of the school on Fort Johnson road is no longer manually turned on daily. It has been upgraded to a scheduled timer, maintained and operated by the Charleston Co. Signal Division. 


  •  JICHS Facilities Maint. Dept. has received and processed 81 work orders from Nov 16th, to the    


               Marty Monette

               Facilities Director, JICHS

School Leader Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

Academics/School Update of Events

Plexiglass Project

The plexiglass project is proceeding as planned. The materials have been received and are being fabricated. The student barriers will be installed over the holiday break. 

2nd Semester Virtual/In-person Request

A phone call and email blast will go out tomorrow evening to parents informing parents of the instructional choices for the second semester. We will offer an in-person and virtual option for our parents. By default, students will be put in the in-person instructional cohort. Selecting the virtual academy will be a commitment for the remainder of the school year. Again, moving back and forth from the virtual to in-person is nearly impossible. Replicating their schedule is nearly impossible. The various issues are listed below.

  • Current course available in the master schedule without conflicts
  • Some courses differ from the VA to Hybrid 
  • Seats available in each course on orange or blue days
  • VA and In-person courses operate having different pacing guides (Edgenuity vs traditional) 


ENGAGE South Carolina is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Education and Graduation Alliance to assist students and families who may be struggling to adapt to new learning schedules and environments. We are hopeful this free program offered by the state will offer additional support to students that have struggled since last spring. JICHS was allotted 103 seats. Guidance Counselors and Admin collaborated on their caseloads to recruit eligible students. Below are the criteria for eligible students:  


Students who are in grades k-12 and who:

• did not engage in their school’s in-person or remote education offerings in Spring

or Fall 2020, or

• are chronically absent, or

• are in danger of failing one or more classes, or

• are McKinney Vento eligible or are in foster care, or

• students whose families have requested additional support.

School Choice

We are once again participating in the School Choice Application through CCSD.  A virtual School Choice Fair is scheduled for January 30, 2020, from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. The application window is from January 26, 2020, to February 26, 2020. The acceptance window for parents is April 22, 2020. All dates are tentative at this time.   

JICHS COVID-19 Dashboard

JICHS Covid Connect  (Review YTD tab)

Technology Update

Technology continues to focus on computer and computer-related maintenance. Technology is also evaluating current building needs in the context and framework of the CCSD expansion project so that we bring our legacy network up to the same standards as the new wing and new building.  The eRate exchange filings are part of this process. 

Safety Update

  • Daily classroom fogging at the direction of the Clinic.
  • Ensuring all students and staff continue to follow Covid 19 safety protocols.
  • Assisted SRO with a missing student.

Construction Update

CTE- Construction continues as planned. 

New Competition Gym- The CCSD Board of Trustees is voting tonight on the proposed bid for this project. The project has to go to the CCSD Finance Committee to request additional funds due to the budget shortfall. We are hopeful the project is approved. 

Board Training

The PCSA of SC virtual board training dates. 

  • February 2 - 6-9pm
  • February 18 - 6-9pm

Staff Appreciation

  • Nutrition Services is making a holiday meal for the staff Wednesday 12.16.2020 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The board is invited.  
  • Board is sponsoring Kristy Kreme for staff on Thursday 12.17.2020. Thank you! 

JICHS Board of Directors Meeting Dates

2020-21 Board of Directors- 5:30 pm on the third Monday of the month.

8/17/2020, 9/21/2020, 10/19/2020, 11/16/2020, 12/14/2020, 1/25/2021, 2/22/2021, 3/15/2021, 4/19/2021, 5/17/2021, 6/14/2021.  

2019-20 Finance Committee- 4:00 pm on the second Monday of the month.

8/10/2020, 9/14/2020, 10/12/2020, 11/10/2020, 12/7/2020, 1/11/2021, 2/8/2021, 3/8/2021, 4/12/2021, 5/10,2021, 6/7/2021. 

Calendar of Events

12/21&12/22 Weather Make-up Days

12/23-1/1 Holiday Break

1/11 Finance Committee Meeting

1/25 Board of Directors Meeting 

Executive Session

  • Contracts- CCSD Charter Contract
  • Personnel- N/A
  • Legal- N/A
  • Student Privacy-  N/A

Motions From Executive Session

~ No vote in executive session

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:49 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Kathleen Beebe Seconded by: Robert Woodall

There was no notable discussion on the motion.