Governing Board

Board of Directors October Meeting - Monday October 15th, 2018 @5:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Donald Morillo not present
Melanie Millar present On Time At Adjournment
Timothy Thorn present On Time At Adjournment
George Williams present 5 Minutes Late At Adjournment
Jeffrey Wiseman present On Time At Adjournment
Abby Wilkins present On Time At Adjournment
Henry Meeuwse present On Time At Adjournment
Michael Roper 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.

Induct New BOD Members

Jeffrey Wiseman

Abby Wilkins

Henry Meeuwse

Tanya Ancrum (Discipline Board)

Sonya Coaxum (Discipline Board)

BOD Chair Nomination

By: George Williams Seconded by: Henry Meeuwse

Abby Wilkins & Melanie Millar was nominated. A vote was held and Abby won.


Vice Chair nomination

By: Abby Wilkins Seconded by: Henry Meeuwse

Dr. Williams was nominated and won by a vote of hands.

BOD Secretary nomination

By: George Williams Seconded by: Jeffrey Wiseman

Melanie Millar was nominated and won unanimously. 

BOD Treasury nomination

By: Abby Wilkins Seconded by: Jeffrey Wiseman

 Henry Meeuwse was nominated and won by unaninus vote.

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: Abby Wilkins Seconded by: Melanie Millar

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approval of Minutes from Sep 17, 2018

Approve the minutes as submitted

By: George Williams Seconded by: Melanie Millar

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Public Comment

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. Our meetings are open to the public and public record. As such, if your comment is about a private matter, please contact the board via email, or speak to the board chair privately.

KM Consulting

Presenting JISCH monthly Financial Statement.

Student pupil is on track.

Education finance act is on track.

Revenue no changes.


Textbooks were ordered the line was increased.

Technology equipment was over for Chromebooks and I boards purchase.

Repairs and Maintenance  was increased for the fence.

Executive Session

  • Contracts- 
  • Personnel- Info for new BOD members
  • Legal- 
  • Student Privacy-  

Move into executive session

By: Abby Wilkins Seconded by: Henry Meeuwse

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Out of executive

By: Abby Wilkins Seconded by: George Williams

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:59 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Abby Wilkins Seconded by: Melanie Millar

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Maintenance Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

1. TriDim Filter Corp. came last week and performed mold remediation in the kitchen at the cafeteria. 

Areas treated were the dry storage room, HVAC supply grills and back wall and ceiling of the walk-in freezer.


2. The football stadium 25 sec. play clock has been repaired and time can now be kept from the press box.


3. After an assessment of the campus and grounds, there was no damage found due to Hurricane Michael.


4. JICHS Facilities Maintenance has received and processed 81 work orders from Sept. 17 to the present.

Leadership Report

Presented by Leadership Chair Sheli Ballard.


  • Members of the Leadership Team will be visiting Westside HS to attend an AVID SHOWCASE and to see the program in action.  
  • We are also beginning discussions on course selection/offerings for the 2019-20 school year in preparation for publishing our program of studies.  


  • Author Corrie Wang was scheduled to visit October 11, but will instead be here Nov. 1, to speak to about 100 students about social media & peer pressure.  
  • Author Daniel Jose Older will be visiting October 22 and 175 students are scheduled to hear him talk.  He will also be going out to lunch with a dozen or so of our at risk students, and will be painting a mural with art students.  Please note the design on the wall opposite the library on your way out! For both authors, we have students read their books individually, or with their music, Spanish, freshman focus, or resource class.  We are truly reading around the curriculum!


  • Ms. Morabito & the LGBT Club from James Island Charter High School marched in the downtown Charleston Pride parade for the second 'straight' year. Eight students and two faculty members from JI marched along with the thousands of members of the LGBT community celebrating diversity and supporting equal rights for all people.
  • Ms. Johnson will take UBASA members and her African American Studies Class to the SCSU vs. Bethune Cookman Football game, tour the campus and fill out college applications this Saturday.  This tour will supplement a unit on HBCU's and Land Grant Institutions. UBASA, the African-American Studies Class, and FBLA also just filled 12 buckets with non-perishable food and toiletries for Haiti and also assisted with the voter registration drive for the second year.
  • What began as a class discussion in Mr. Walpole’s AP English class led to the true story of one of our students, Emily Adkins, and her standoff with a bear while salmon fishing in Alaska!  Mr. Walpole’s article can be found in the October 2018 edition of Charleston Mercury.  Mr. Walpole has also published an excellent article about coyote control in the glossy Autumn 2018  edition of Charleston Mercury Magazine.


  • We have successfully completed our College Board testing this month.  Freshmen took the PSAT 9; sophomores & most juniors took the PSAT; and 94 juniors & seniors took the SAT on Oct. 10!  Congrats to Mrs. Holland, Mrs. Spann, & Mr. Drake on planning & executing this day of testing!
  • We also completed a Active Threat Lockdown drill (lots to work on) and brought the Drug Dogs in recently. Mr. Edwards, SRO Brown and Mrs. Holland are regularly working on and updating our electronic ERIP emergency response plan.

Mr. Edwards has established a team of staff members to conduct random screenings & searches as students enter campus in the mornings.  For this, several faculty & staff have been trained on how to conduct these thoroughly and safely. At this time, searches occur about 1-2 times each week.

School Leader Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

Academics/School Update of Events

10/15/17 Heightened Security Code Yellow Lockout Timeline

7:40 am- CPD recommends JICHS on a Code Yellow Lockout. The police activity is on Williams Road. Due the close proximity, all staff and students were brought into the main building. Staff and students in trailers or other outside facilities were moved to the cafeteria.         

8:15 am- CPD gives JICHS the all clear to end the Code Yellow.

8:20 am- CPD puts JICHS back on Code Yellow. Staff and students in trailers or other outside facilities were moved to the cafeteria.

9:15 am- CPD gives JICHS the all clear to end the Code Yellow.

9:25 am- CPD puts JICHS back on Code yellow (report of shots fired on Williams Road).

10:40 am- CPD recommends that we go on a modified Code Yellow as a precaution. CCSD Security Department and CPD  recommended that continue with the school day, but keep students and staff from the trailers and other outside areas of the campus for the remainder of the school day.

1:28 om- CPD gives the all clear to JICHS. The modified Heightened Security Code Yellow Lockout was lifted (CPD apprehends subject).  

3:00 pm- Dismal was conducted as normal. After school activities resumed as scheduled.                 

9/15/18 Open House- The event was well attended.  Leadership is considering moving the date closer the start of the school year.

10/5-10/13 Homecoming Week (schedule of events is below)

A special thank you to the members of the Spirit Committee and Student Government for all their hard work in planning such an incredible Homecoming week for our students (Andrea Quinn, Regina Cox-Washington, Elizabeth Gunther, Emily Beyoglides, Lisa Ahrens, Emily Crocker). A thank you also to the staff that volunteered to attend, manage, or chaperone the events (Jacklyn Schoen, Admin, Sarah Bainbridge, Charles Bateman, Jody Evans, Lindsey Jensen)  

10/10 College Board Testing Day

Freshmen took the PSAT 9. Sophomore and Juniors took the PSAT. Junior and Seniors had the choice of taking the SAT. We had 91 students take the SAT. Results from the test enable Juniors to qualify for National Merit Scholarship as well as others. The results from PSAT will also give us AP Potential numbers for our students, which will allow us to target more students for advanced coursework.          

PLC’s continue to meet every Wednesday. PLC’s were asked to focus on the following questions:

  • What standard(s) was taught last week?  
  • Based on your student work, what percentage of students mastered the standard(s)?
  • What strategies did the teacher provide for students who mastered the standard(s)?
  • What strategies did the teacher provide for students who did not master the standard(s)?
  • What are our next steps in regards to this standard?  (Will we continue teaching this standard or move on to the next one

The fourth Wednesday of each month is dedicated to cross-curricular meetings, which are held in the Media Center.  

Staff Recognition

Shout Out Survey

Ms. Spann has been sending out a weekly survey to staff and students to recognize staff that is making a difference in our students’ lives. A drawing from the list of nominees is conducted once a week. The winner gets a $25 gift of their choice (free gift cards from reward points).


  • Coach Hilyer, congratulations on being this week's gift card winner from our "Shout Out" Survey. Stop by Ms. Chisolm's office to select your card. Thanks, Coach Hilyer for your years of dependable and dedicated service!
  • All teachers do their job, but some thrive in that job. All of my teachers seem to be the best at their job. They make it a fun environment to learn and they do a good job at teaching it.
  • Congratulations to Kim Cohn on being this week's "Shout Out" weekly winner! Thanks for all you do for our students, in and outside of the classroom!
  • Congrats to Lorne Walker!!! Mr. Walker always makes class enjoyable. We do lots of fun activities that help me personally learn. Whenever there is questions or concerns I have he makes sure to help me. He is always good about greeting me in the hall in the morning. Mr. Walker is good at understanding things that you tell him. He’s an amazing teacher and I’m happy I have him this year.
  • Last week's "Shout Out" gift card winner is Mr. Ducworth. When asked why this student respects Mr. Ducworth, the student wrote that "He truly cares about how his students succeed. He will always make class fun." Congratulations Mr. Ducworth! Please see Ms. Chisolm to select your gift card.     

Faculty Recognition Committee

The committee does a monthly  “Shout Out” to two staff members. They receive various gifts, get recognized on the announcement, and their picture goes a bulletin board in the hallway. This committee is planning fun events for staff throughout the year. They have planned for food trucks once a month on Fridays for teachers. The first food truck event was on October 5, Rolled Quesadillas. It was a tremendous success.

Charity Work

  • We won the PB&J Blitz again, 2-0. This time we beat Stratford. Comment from fundraising coordinator:  “Your school is certainly a rock star Hunger Hero of the challenge and it has been a joy to work with your staff! Our staff is working on collecting the bins from your school and Stratford. Once I get the final weights, I will be able to give the numbers. We were able to calculate you as a winner because you collected approx.. 1.5 barrels full (approx. up to 375 pounds) and raised $673.60 in the second round whereas Stratford collected 2 barrels (can be up to 450 pounds) and $0. $1=10 pounds so we could confidently say your school was that rounds. Once we pick up the barrels I should be able to let you know official numbers!  We appreciate your patience as we start to get some of our trucks back to the tri-county area after hurricane Florence.”
  •  Mrs. Johnson’s classes, in conjunction with Mr. Neloms, is participating in “Buckets for Haiti”. The contents of each bucket can sustain a family in Haiti for up to a month.
  • During Homecoming week, JICHS supported James Island Outreach through jeans days, an email blast to parents and at the Homecoming game.    

Team  Sports Classes Issues

  • Students in-season taking a team sports classes are essentially having two practices, which is affecting their ability to perform  in their current sport.
  • Students athletes are dropping courses to take a team sports class- IB Science went from 27 to 12.
  • We have students athletes that are not considered college or career ready, lack the GPA, and are not eligible to compete at the division 1 level through the NCAA Clearing House because they have not taken the required coursework.
  • A committee has been formed involving relevant stakeholders (teachers, counselors, coaches, the AD, and admin) to work through these issues.           

Enrollment Update

9th-12th - 1575

School Choice Application

We will again be participating in the School Choice Application through CCSD. This was a tremendous success last year for our school. We were able to complete the open enrollment process in the spring, which enabled us to determine our staffing allocation needs for the next year.    

Construction Update

Interviews are scheduled on 10/17 and 10/18 for six top-rated firms for JICHS CTE& Competition Gym project.

The project budget is $22 million. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of the 2022 school year. The interview panel consists of representatives from CCSD, Cummings, and myself.  JICHS will have input in every step along the way so that the new addition meets our needs.

School Safety Update

Safety Bulletin

-          Electronic gate is operational with limited access codes distributed to only those with a need.

-          Gate locking/unlocking schedule formalized and shared with parking lot staff.

-          Safety team is fully staffed with teacher and faculty volunteers

-          Updated fire escape maps are ready to be delivered to every classroom

-          9/4 Safe Plans site assessment

-          9/10 Bus evacuation drill

-          9/21 Classroom Search (nothing found)

-          9/26 Active Threat Lockdown/Heighten Security Lockout: Some things were done very well and there are some areas that need improve. Additional training will be provided to the staff.

-          9/27 Admin was made aware of a snapchat video showing a student holding what was believed to be a firearm. Mr. Edwards, Mrs. Jessup and Officer Brown went to search the student’s car and were advised by the student that he had a plastic toy gun in his vehicle. The toy was located and nothing else of significance was found in the vehicle. The toy was confiscated by Mr. Edwards.

-          10/3 Parent reported that her son overheard another student talking about another student possibly bringing a gun to school. Mr. Edwards, Mr. Drake and Officer Brown brought that student into the office and searched him. Nothing was found and the student was advised.

-          10/8 K9 Sweep (nothing found)

-          Fire Drills

o   8/28

o   9/17

-          Security towers screenings

o   An average of 500 students are searched each day we do the screenings

o   Two pocket knives and a couple juuls have been found

o   Dates:

§  8/29,  8/31, 9/6,  9/7, 9/20, 9/24,  9/25, 9/27, 10/4, 10/5,  10/9

Board Meeting Dates

2018-19 Board of Directors- 5:30 pm on the third Monday of the month.  

8/20, 9/17, 10/15, 11/12, 12/17, 1/28, 2/25, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20, 6/24

2018-19 Finance Committee - 4:30 pm on the second Monday of the month.

8/13, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10

Calendar of Events

10/23 End of First Quarter

10/25-26 Family Data Conferences

10/25 JICHS and CRMS Fall Concert 7 pm

11/6 Election Day

11/8 CCSD Countywide Principal Meeting

11/8 SCPCSA Board Training 6 pm

11/12 Finance Committee Meeting

11/12 Board of Directors Meeting

11/15 River Bluff Visit- Flexible Modular Scheduling

11/19-20 Weather Makeup Days

11/21- 11/25 Thanksgiving Break

11/28-29 Annual SC Public Charter Conference- Charleston

6/8/19 Graduation

Motions From Executive Session

~There were no motions/votes taken during executive session.