Governing Board

Board of Directors Meeting April 2021 - Monday April 19th, 2021 @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 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: Greg Hays

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approval of Minutes from Mar 15, 2021

Approve the minutes as submitted

By: Robert Woodall Seconded by: Tom Hatley

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approval of Minutes from Mar 24, 2021

Approve the minutes as submitted

By: Kathleen Beebe Seconded by: Carson Stewart

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Public Comment

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Presenting JICHS monthly Financial Statement.

The 2% increase on salaries was a $276,557.11 change with Retirement and Taxes included. The step was built into the original budget for the majority of the staff. The $368,795.39 figure mentioned previously as the cost of doing the increase, was comparing the cost to the original approved budget which did not have the 0.5 FTE Guidance Counselor, which was added in July/August and was a part of the revised budget that the update was made upon.


The bonus increase was added to the bonus line on page 6 of the income statement for a budget change of $129,718.30.


That makes the revised operating budget balance $368,39.55 and total budget balance, including capital projects, $1,381,610.45 in the red.

Check to CCSD will be sent out for 1.5 mill for the capital project it will be reflected on next month finance report.

Step Increase and 2% COLA estimated expense

The 2% increase on salaries was a $276,557.11 change with Retirement and Taxes included. The step was built into the original budget for the majority of the staff. 

PEBA Update

To approve the Charter School Resolution for Participation in the State Insurance Benefits Program (majority must sign).

By: Melanie Millar Seconded by: Kathleen Beebe

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

2021-22 JICHS Instructional Model-

5 days a week in person w/ no virtual academy. Currently, 1/3 of courses & teaching staff is being utilized to virtual.

To approve the 21-22 Instructional Model

By: Kathleen Beebe Seconded by: Tom Hatley

5 day a week in person no virtual

Leadership Report

Presented by Leadership Chair Sheli Ballard.


❏ The LT is currently considering options for a “CREW” period for the 2021-22 school year. This would replace our current “advisory” period 

❏ CREW would provide structure for universal SEL and college/career readiness activities, ❏ CREW would provide structure for existing programs on campus: Big Beyond, AVID, Josten’s Renaissance program 

❏ The LT recommends that JICHS institute 1:1 protocols for the 2021-22 school year and beyond. The technology team is currently working on this and adapting our existing plan and budgeting to meet these needs. 


SS Department Virtual Open House - Click HERE 

IB Anthropology - On Tuesday, April 13th we virtually visited El Barrio in NYC, the neighborhood our previous ethnography discussed. We learned a lot about the history and culture of the neighborhood which allowed us to make connections to our book. Click HERE to see a few minutes of our tour with El Museo del Barrio. 

❏ We have also scheduled another virtual field trip for May 11th, to tour the Everglades and learn more about the people and culture of the Everglades from Everglades National Park Rangers. This corresponds to our newest ethnography, Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades. 

❏ Anthro students have completed their IB internal assessments which required them to do fieldwork as well as critique themselves. The IA consists of 4 parts: the first, done in September with only bare minimum understanding of Anthropology required them to do an observation and write down everything they could. Step 2, done about midway through the course, asked them to decide what fieldwork they would do for their final 2 components of the IA after they had a better understanding of Anthropology. Steps 3 and 4 were done together, and students had to do some sort of fieldwork in which they collected data and reported that data in Step 3, then in Step 4, students had to critique both their observation and their second fieldwork using methods and theories from what they learned in Anthro this year. Each section is very limited in word count, to ensure that students are as precise as possible, making every word count. Condensing data in this manner is a very difficult skill and our IB students each did wonderfully. Please enjoy the below examples that are glowing illustrations of the brilliance of our students here at JI. Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 

AP Euro - We’ve been discussing the Revolutions of 1848 which occurred throughout Europe and had profound effects on the continent, even though most of the revolutions ultimately failed. Students created a 5-10 minute podcast in which they discussed one of the revolutions in depth.

Please see the examples: Example 1, Example 2, Example 3 

❏ We also learned about Marxism through an in 

class rock-paper-scissors simulation that helped us see Marx’s

criticism of capitalism via a real-world example.

AP Gov - AP Government students participated in the 

Bill of Rights Institute's "We the Students" essay contest. This 

year's prompt was "What is the Relationship Between 

Equality and Justice?" Students completed this essay as a 

part of the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties unit and submitted their final drafts to the nationwide contest. Students wrote compelling essays relating the content covered in class to the issues that we have seen thrust to the forefront of American Society over the past year. The deadline was April 15 so we do not know if any will receive prizes yet 

❏ 1st place gets a $7,500 

❏ Runners up (5 prizes) $1,500 each 

❏ Honorable Mentions (10 prizes) $500 each 

❏ Even if no one "wins" any money, the time and energy spent to complete such thoughtful assignments analyzing ideas that many have but few truly understand makes us all winners. 

JICHS Boys Soccer - swept the first half of the region schedule, including defeating Bluffton in a 14 round penalty kick shootout, and beat Hilton Head in the last second of double overtime. They also beat Wando over spring break; it's the first time Wando has lost at home to a local school since 2012. 

Mr. Webster- Mr. Webster was out for a few weeks to enjoy time at home with his newborn daughter, Isa. In his absence, Mr. Heflin stepped in and subbed for him and did an excellent job. Webster and some of his students created a padlet to thank Mr. Heflin which you can check out HERE


(Evans and Schoen) HR Biology Honors biology students participated in a Spartina planting project with SC DNR. SC DNR biologists spoke with classes about our local marshes and the dominant grass that lives in them. This grass is important to maintaining marsh health and preventing shoreline erosion. Students planted approximately 10,000 seeds!

(Evans) HR Biology. Students are currently discussing aerobic respiration and participated in an exercise lab outdoors to see how much carbon dioxide they produce from cellular respiration.

(Crawford). The Spring CP Forensics class is sharpening their skill set in investigations by learning the physical development method of latent prints using different powders and lifting techniques.

(Lyles) IB Biology Year 1. Our current unit of study is evolutionary change and speciation. As part of this unit, students read several papers and articles about different ecotypes of killer whale. After reading, student groups created a Google Doc that outlined the facts presented in each reading that either supported or did not support the reclassification of killer whales. They then answered the question “Should killer whale ecotypes be reclassified as separate species?”. They used evidence from the readings to support their answer. 2 examples of this work are here: Sample 1 Sample 2 

(Lyles) IB Biology Year 1. Students were given the assignment to create anti-vaping posters in alignment with a contest that has been sponsored by Scholastic Magazine. This project served as an introduction to concepts that will be discussed in Topic 6. Six students also decided to submit their designs for judging in the contest. Samples of student work are here: Poster 1 Poster 2 Poster 3 Poster 4 Poster 5 

(Lyles) IB Biology Year 2. These students took their FINAL test in this course on March 26! We are now in review mode to prepare for the IB exam in May. 

(Lyles) Biology 2. We partnered with the 4H of Charleston County to incubate chicken eggs until hatching. Students received daily updates from our 4H agent (Savannah Weeks) about how the eggs were developing and what was happening in the eggs during the 21 day incubation. At the end of the hatching week, Savannah picked up the supplies and the chicks. The chicks will be returned to the farm that provided the eggs. 

(Crawford). The CP Biology class used cake model creation to review for their Cell Structure Unit test. They had to be inventive in using various candies and icings to represent the cellular organelles and structures learned in class.

❏ (Lyles) IB Biology Year 1 

Students were given the assignment to bake bread as a review of cellular respiration. They worked in teams to find a bread recipe, research how yeast is used in the baking process and made qualitative and quantitative observations of the final product. Each team had a control bread and other team members changed one variable to test the affect of that variable on bread height and taste. 

Bread 1 Bread 2 Bread 3 


On April 1st, some ROTC cadets participated in a physical cleanup of three historic African-American cemeteries located on James Island. 

Our one and only inter-ROTC unit “Raider Team” competition for this school year is scheduled for 4/17 at Fort Dorchester HS. As a COVID precaution, all participating units are scheduled to perform their respective events at separate times throughout the day,and then depart their campus with overall competition results disseminated later. 


Ms. Lowman’s National Spanish Honor Society recently had a Zoom meeting with Hermana Norma Pimentel, who is a nun that works at the Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. The Respite Center is a refuge for those who are escaping violence and seeking asylum in the US. It provides a safe place for refugees to rest and receive food, medicine, clothes, and other supplies. It was wonderful to learn about the efforts in this part of the country and receive first hand information! The National Spanish Honor Society is now collecting items to donate to the Respite Center. Donations will be collected until Friday, April 23rd. 


We are taking volunteers for this year’s poetry slam to me conducted very soon. ❏ Creative writing is continuing to craft this year’s literary magazine. 


❏ Senior Chloe Ehlers passed the exam to receive her Adobe Certified 

Associate Certification in Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop CC. 

❏ Our Culinary Arts 2 students qualified for the State Department of 

Education 2nd Annual Junior Chef Competition. The contest is for high 

school culinary arts students to create a dish that could be placed on a 

school lunch menu.


S.C. Native Plant Society Lowcountry Chapter Community Grant. 

The Science department was awarded a $466 grant to purchase native plants. The grant was written to provide native plant landscaping for the new science outdoor classroom. Students from several science classes will do research on native plants and design posters this spring. In the Spring or Fall (depends upon when the science outdoor classroom construction is finished), the plants will be purchased and planted by science classes. 

Donor’s Choose Grant for IB Anthropology - Generous donations through Donor’s Choose bought 12 copies of an Ethnography for IB Anthropology, totaling a donation of almost $400.

Athletic Report

Presented by Athletic Director Jeremy Holland.

Athletics Report April 19th 

Individual Sports Reports:

-Boys Lacrosse- Finished 3rd in Region (7-3) and travel to Greenville Wed for first-round playoff game

-Girls Lacrosse- Didn't win a game but are making improvements and getting close

-Boys Soccer -  8-1-1 and 6-0 in Region; First in Region; Ranked 2nd in State in 4A; Ranked 4th in State in all classifications

-Girls Soccer- 13-1 and 7-0 in Region ; First in Region; Ranked 1st in State in 4A; Ranked 4th in State in all Classifications

-Track - Big meets will be in the next few weeks

-Baseball - Number 1 in Region (7-1); Could clinch Region Championship tonight or Wednesday night depending on other teams outcomes. 

-Softball- 3rd in Region (4-3); Will need to apply for the At Large Bid

-Boys Tennis - 3rd in Region (4-2); Will have a chance at second in Region 

Positive Student News

The school earned the Sportsmanship Award from the SCHSL this year. One of only 3 schools in the state in all classifications to earn this. You win the award by doing community services and by your coaches and players not being ejected during the year. 


  • COVID issues and contact tracing
  • Baseball field draining issues and new infield needed
  • Strength Coach Needed
  • Game Field may need middle resodded after season (holding up good right now but getting a lot of play on it)
  • Practice fields behind the stadium need to be re irrigated, laser leveled, and resodded (hopefully the district will do this)
  • Working on getting Booster Club running the way it should be.

Maintenance Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

April 19th, 2021

 Both heating boilers serving the PAC have been repaired and are ready for use next winter

Tri-Dim performed a campus wide HVAC filter change (MERV-13) the 3rd week of March, 497 filters in all.

Multiple roof leak repairs were completed in the 700-800 front and rear stairwell, as well as blister repair of the roof layment.

The Football playing field and Lacrosse fields have been treated with herbicide and insecticide as well as fertilized a second time to counter the heavy traffic on them.

The JICHS Facilities Maintenance Dep. has received and processed 71 work orders from March 15th to the present.


School Leader Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

April 19, 2021

Academics/School Update of Events

Staff Vaccinations

The second round of vaccinations for our staff is this Friday, April 23. To accommodate, we adjusted our eLearning day from Wednesday to Friday of that week.   


Below is the memo we recently received from CCSD about our PEBA benefits. I have since learned that this process of charter schools needing their own group number started about two years ago. Apparently, there were some issues with charter schools sponsored by the South Carolina Public School District (SCPCD). In the end, PEBA started requiring charter schools to create their own account with them. This is a PEBA policy not CCSD. Lynn and I are currently working with PEBA and CCSD on this issue. We hope to have a resolution by the end of April. Please don’t stress about this, we will figure it out. 



We recently received information on ESSER II funding. Below is just an estimate of how much we could potentially qualify for under this new ACT. The funding for ESSER II begins July 1, 2021 and goes through June 30, 2023. As with ESSER I, all charter schools will be working through CCSD on this project. As you can see in the second document, we can only spend the funds on very specific categories. Regardless, this is great news for all schools. The projected allocation for JICHS is $2,469,939.25.       

ESSER II Estimates

Esser II Categories

The School Spirit Committee and select staff members have been meeting with the Student Council to plan some senior events. Below is a list of what has been planned so far: 

  • Senior Picnic
  • Senior Movie Night
  • Senior Promenade
  • Cap and Gown Pick-up/Car Rally

Promenade 2021

JICHS Promenade 2021 is scheduled on Saturday, May 1, 2021, from 7-8 PM or 8:30-9:30 PM for an outdoor evening under the stars at a private, waterfront residence near the high school. Our 2021 Prom theme is Iced Out: Shine Bright Like a Diamond.

Cap and Gown Pick-up

Senior Cap and Gown pick-up is on May 5, from 12 pm - 2 pm. It will be similar to last year with students driving a route on campus with music playing and the staff cheering them along to drive past. 


The plan for 2021 graduation is complete. CCSD is allowing 4 guests per graduate. We can safely accommodate four guests per graduate, but that is pretty much our limit. We will need to utilize part of the track to safely accommodate that many attendees. Our graduation is June 18, 2021, at 9:00 am in the Backyard.      

School Choice Update

See below the important dates related to the CCSD Magnet/Charter online application cycle for the 2021-2022 school year. Due to COVID-19 regulations, paper applications will be mailed upon request to the School Choice Office.

January 26, 2021  -  Online and paper application window opens at 12:00 p.m. (Noon)

January 30, 2021  -  School Fair

February   4, 2021 - Registration for this date is now closed- 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm

February 11, 2021 - Registration for this date is now closed- - 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm

February 18, 2021 - Registration for this date is now closed - 5:30 pm, 6:00 pm, 6:30 pm

February 26, 2021 - Online and paper application window closes at 6:00 pm.

April 2, 2021 -         Families notified of acceptance (beginning at 5:00 pm)

April 22, 2021 -       Offered seat must be accepted by 11:59 p.m.

Technology Update

The new batch of 355 Chromebooks have been received and are being processed. The Technology Department is preparing to collect school-owned equipment in May.  We are also focusing on preparing school-owned equipment for End-of-Course exams, AP exams, and IB exams.

The Leadership Team approved the following motion-  JICHS will implement a 1:1 chromebook distribution model for the 2021-2022 school year; each student will be issued a JICHS domained device upon the receipt of a signed Acceptable Use Agreement and JICHS Chromebook Permission Form.  

Construction Update

CTE and Gym

No updates at this time. 

Outdoor Classroom

We are still waiting on OSF approval and quotes from vendors. The project is expected to begin soon. At this point, we expect the outdoor classroom to be ready for the 2021-22 school year.   


Additional ADA-compliant ramps are being designed and eventually installed for trailers by the visiting grandstands. 

Executive Session

  • Contracts- Payroll and HR Services for 21-22, Charter Application and Charter Contract Revisions for a vote. Payroll and HR agreements from a vendor for 2021-22 for a vote. ESSER II management agreement from a vendor for a vote. Contract consideration with lobbyist on behalf of JICHS.
  • Personnel- 
  • Legal- 
  • Student Privacy-  

Into Executive Session

By: Robert Woodall Seconded by: Greg Hays

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Out of executive session

By: Kathleen Beebe Seconded by: Robert Woodall

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Motions From Executive Session


Un-table the Charter and Application Revisions.

By: Tom Hatley Seconded by: Greg Hays

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Motion to approve the revisions of the Charter

By: Maggie Bennett Seconded by: Melanie Millar

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Motion to approve the HR Payroll contract

By: Carson Stewart Seconded by: Robert Woodall

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 6:58 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Greg Hays Seconded by: Tom Hatley

There was no notable discussion on the motion.