Governing Board

Board of Directors November Meeting - Monday November 12th, 2018 @5:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Donald Morillo present member On Time At Adjournment
Timothy Thorn present ex-officio On Time At Adjournment
Jeffrey Wiseman present member On Time At Adjournment
Michael Roper not present member
George Williams present vice-chair On Time At Adjournment
Abby Wilkins present chair On Time At Adjournment
Henry Meeuwse present Treasurer On Time At Adjournment
Melanie Millar not present secretary

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 Minutes from Oct 15, 2018

Approve the minutes as submitted

By: Donald Morillo Seconded by: Henry Meeuwse

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

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: George Williams

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.

  1. Blake DeVolld

Review of audit

Elliot-Davis Presented the Audit to the Board. Attached is the report.


ROTC Presentation

Colonel Evans presented a power point to the BOD. This will be done an a yearly basis to educate the members of the board and keep an open line of communication with the ROTC program.


Leadership Report

Presented by Leadership Chair Sheli Ballard.


  • The LT is currently working on scheduling & communication as we determine dates for important Spring events (such as testing, Open House & HS Info Night).
  • Ballard, Barksdale, & Drake will be attending an AVID showcase @ Westside HS in Anderson, SC.  We hope to bring back a much better understanding of how (and if)AVID can be used to improve student achievement @ JICHS.


  • The media center is currently working with the JI reads committee to bring Project Lit to JICHS.  Project Lit is a national, grassroots LITeracy movement, a network of dedicated teachers and students who are committed to increasing access to culturally relevant books and promoting a love of reading in our schools and communities. We work together to:
  • Empower students as READERS and LEADERS in their school and community.
  • Host monthly or quarterly Project LIT Book Clubs.
  • Flood our schools and communities with high-quality, culturally relevant books.
  • Champion & celebrate reading daily.
  • Inspire and support one another through sharing of lesson plans, resources, strategies, and book recommendations.
  • Create opportunities for students to connect with peers around the country.
  • Advocate for policies & practices that will help our students become lifelong leaders.


  • Ms. Johnson’s African-American Studies Class enjoyed a “shoe box lunch” Friday, Nov. 9th.  They have been discussing “The Green Book” and the impacts of segregation of African-American culture.  
  • Mrs. broome is working with the media center to present the annual Poetry Out Loud Competition.  This program encourages students to learn about great poetry through interpretation, memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.


  • Ms. Cohn would like to share the recent benchmark results from her ACT prep course:
  • On TEST 1 (taken the first day of class)
  • The average number of questions answered correctly out of 60 was 24.1.
  • The range of questions answered correctly was between 13-37.
  • The median number of questions answered correctly was 24.5.
  • On THE FINAL EXAM (taken the last day of class)
  • The average number of questions answered correctly out of 60 was 38
  • The range of questions answered correctly was between 28-48
  • The median number of questions answered correctly was 40.
  • 7 out of 14 students, increased their ACT scaled score by 5 or more points!
  • Those are some pretty awesome improvements! I am very glad that we decided to offer ACT Math as a class this year!

Athletic Report

Presented by Athletic Director Jeremy Holland.

Maintenance Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

Facilities Maintenance Board report for November 12th, 2018

1. A cabinet section was demolished in the science building teachers work room to make room for a new freezer.

2. DHEC inspected the sewer lift station serving the softball field press box-concessions stand, inspection passed with no issues found.

3. A faulty irrigation valve and decoder have been replaced restoring irrigation to the softball and soccer practice field.

4. A new 4X6 ft. sign has been installed in front of the school's gym identifying its location. Additionally, there are seven new street signs being made to provide directions to key locations on campus. Instillation of these signs will take place as soon as they are completed.

5. The JICHS facilities maintenance dept. has received and processed 77 work orders from Oct. 15 to the present.

School Leader Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

Academics/School Update of Events

10/25 and 10/26 Family Data Conferences- CCSD provided school and student data dashboards. Ms. Spann created scripts for each grade-level advisory teacher. We had 253 parents attend the conferences. This is down nearly 100 from last year. Last year, we had ACT data to share. This the ACT and SAT had already been sent home.   

10/25 Staff Cookout- We had a staff cookout to celebrate the end of the first quarter and because we had leftovers from Homecoming week.

10/24 Happy Unity Day! JI Wears Orange to stand together for kindness and acceptance..if we all stand together then no one stands alone.

10/27 Great news this morning!! Ms. Stafford went to the fair this weekend and told me all of the wonderful results for our school!! All 5 ceramics students placed, and 2 2D students placed!! I'm going tomorrow afternoon and will take some pictures for Ms. Childs-Kindred. So SO EXCITING!!

2D Results:

Brianna Craig--3rd place

Bella Pontel--3rd place

3D-Ceramics Results:

Giselle Rios- 1st place

Brianna Craig- 1st place

Hope Matthews- 2nd place

Chrissy Welsch- 2nd place

Kayla Gaylard-Lunn- 3rd place

11/2 Food Truck Fridays are the first Friday of each month (Carolina BBQ). The staff pays for their food.

11/5-11/19- JI Cares, JI Keeps it Kind (Advisory- Ms. Brandon), we will celebrate our Keep it Kind awareness week Monday, 11/5- Friday 11/9...there will be a schedule of events sent out next week..we all know kindness is an everyday kind of way to live :)

Keep it Kind week: Monday, November 5th-Friday, November 9th

Please join Keep it Kind and our JI Spirit Clubs as we start our JI Cares JI Gives to JI Outreach Food and Dollars Drive this Monday!

  • What can you and your students do to help: Donate non-perishable food items in the main atrium, please announce in your classes.
  • Where can you bring non-perishable food items to donate: Drop off is located in the Main Atrium
  • For Who: JI Outreach supports our James Island and Folly Beach community that are in need with emergency food, medicine, and utility assistance.
  • Where will Dollars be collected: A portion of our dollars for admission into Keep it Kind Movie Night (11/7) and our Trojan Fall Festival (11/8) will be given to JI Outreach.  Admission will be $5 or 2 nonperishable food items to get into the events.
  • Why: This falls into the why, not category..why would we not help our JI community to try and improve the quality of life for all?

Monday: Morning Candy hand out and welcome to Students and Staff

Tuesday: No School...Keep it Kind off campus too :)

Wednesday: Movie Night in the Backyard starting @ 6:00 pm

We will be showing Incredibles 2 to go along with our Be Incredible to One Another theme for the week.

Thursday: Take What You Need Thursday...research shows that students hear 7 negative comments for every 1 positive comment at school, so we hope to provide halls, bathrooms, and mirrors covered with encouraging, positive notes to make one another feel loved and appreciated in our building.

Friday: Make a Friend, Thank a Friend Friday...we will be making friendship bracelets to give to new friends and/or thank an already friend for being there.

11/8 Fall Festival and Powder Puff Games- jump castle, games, face painting, popcorn machine, and food, and Trojan Powder games to follow.   Due to the rain scheduled for today and tomorrow, the Fall Festival and Trojan Puff event are being postponed until November 29, 2018, at 5:30.

Policy Manual Update

We are contracting with the Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina to update our policy manuals.  

We will also subscribe to annual policy updates so that our policies remain in compliance with state and federal laws.    

Charity Work

Trident United Way- This year TUW is underway and will run until November 2. I've had the pleasure of being your liaison for 12 years, and after a little bit of math, am proud to say that JICHS has donated over $14,000 to TUW and its local organizations.  

I have come to realize that teacher incentives seem to work best if they involve jeans and food. So, this year we will keep it simple. A donation of $15 (or more) gets your jeans on Monday AND Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  In addition, IF we can hit $1500, Mr. Thorn has agreed to a staff pizza party......not only to celebrate TUW support, but your support, as a faculty, of several other charitable causes - PB&J, James Island Outreach, James Island families in need, hurricanes Florence and Michael relief efforts, and the list goes on.

Student Achievement Data

The state report is scheduled to be released on November 15, 2018 (embargoed). JICHS earned an “Excellent” rating on the 17-18 School Report.       

Capturing Kids Hearts (CKH)

10/29 CKH meeting with Representative Rob Kirk to get quotes for training.    

11/27 and 11/28 CKH Training- Carrie Holland and Maureen Jessup will be attending.

Staff Professional Development

On 10/31/81- Teachers met in interdisciplinary PLC’s in the Media Center. They could choose from one of four predetermined groups or create one of their choosing. The four predetermined groups were from the Action Research groups or committees, which were Historically Underachieving Populations, Literacy, Achieve3000, and JIReads.       

Technology- Matt Gilbert

Classroom technology is being utilized more than ever!  With use, comes wear-and-tear. Classroom presentation systems are aging and the original Smartboard systems are beginning to fail.  We've had to replace at least a dozen LCD projectors in the past month. Some of the boards (over a decade old) are also beginning to fail.  The media center has reported that every available graphics calculator has been checked out; consequently, there is now a wait list and we need additional units.  Testing is in the near future so we are busy updating the software on the different devices to handle online testing.

Executive Session

  • Contracts- 
  • Personel- 
  • Legal- 
  • Student Privacy-  

To move into executive session.

By: George Williams Seconded by: Henry Meeuwse

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

To come out of Executive session

By: Henry Meeuwse Seconded by: Donald Morillo

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Motions From Executive Session

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

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 3:48 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Henry Meeuwse Seconded by: Donald Morillo

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

KM Consulting

Presenting JISCH monthly Financial Statement.