Governing Board

Board of Directors August Meeting - Monday August 26th, 2019 @5:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Donald Morillo not present member
Timothy Thorn present ex-officio On Time At Adjournment
Jeffrey Wiseman present member 10 Minutes Late At Adjournment
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 present secretary On Time At Adjournment
Sandra Barbour present member 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 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: George Williams Seconded by: Melanie Millar

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approval of Minutes from Jun 24, 2019

Approve the minutes as submitted

By: George Williams Seconded by: Henry Meeuwse

There was no notable discussion on the motion.


Presenting JISCH monthly Financial Statement.

~There is an update to the previous approved budget because of the enrollment update and salary staff scheduled changes. 1538 students in Power School budget is based on 1520 enrollment.

~Early college line increased by 95K because of more students attending. JI receives funds then we are billed for our students who attend that school.

~School liability insurance decreased 42k

~Salary staffing line was increased by 22K because information from CCSD was updated in June.

90k bottom line in the positive budgeted of the 19-20 school year.

Board Approval

Vote- Board approval to provide the additional funding needed to complete the field turf practice facility. The approximate cost is $1-1.1 million. CCSD has agreed to contribute $750 K to this project. JICHS will agree to contribute the remaining funds needed to complete the project, which is approximately $350,000.

Approval for Practice field/bus lot capital project. JICHS will contribute 350,00

By: Henry Meeuwse Seconded by: Melanie Millar

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Letter to support for Funding

~Letter to support funding of Culinary Program, New CTE

~Letter to support additional funding for Practice Facility

Board Chair (Abby Wilkins) will sign letters that will be sent to CCSD.

Leadership Report

Presented by Leadership Chair Sheli Ballard.


  • The Leadership team is currently focusing on creating a structure for various teams & committees are able to communicate & coordinate their efforts as well as making sure the lines of communication between these groups & leadership is streamlined.
  • Once this structure is in place, it is our plan to work update various strategic plans dealing with safety & security, facilities, technology, athletics, & academic achievement and make sure all objectives 7 strategies are aligned with our 3 charter goals.


  • Our wonderful Transition Specialist Ms. Shelly Finley has received funding through Donors Choose to create and run a school-based enterprise.  The project funded was $578, and it will purchase a 10 ounce commercial popcorn machine and most of the items needed to start a small business.   This activity will benefit our school because it will help our students with disabilities to accumulate required skills and employment hours to obtain the new South Carolina High School Credential. 
  • Ms. Grace Weasley is the newest member of the Special Services Department. She has hit the ground running serving our students and we are so lucky to have her!



  • One new face:  Colonel Scott Remington, USAFR (Ret), has replaced Lt Colonel Dana Evans as the Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. Col Remington comes to JICHS with over 30-years of Air Force active duty and reserve experience. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree 
  • from the United States Air Force Academy and earned his Master of Aeronautical Science degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Two of the colonel's sons are JICHS alumni and alumni of the AFJROTC program--Classes of 2006 and 2007.
  • Plans for this school year are to remain cadet focused, expand the cadet squadron's roster, to conduct a minimum of three community service projects with 60% or better cadet participation, and provide new alternative co-curricular activities for the cadets by second semester with the objective to both garner and hold their motivation to return again year-after-year. 
  • Additionally, the unit plans to hold its first overnight field trip in a decade with a trip to Washington, D.C. in the Spring. The unit will host an official inspection in late March of 2020 by AFJROTC HQ which wherein cadets can earn recognition as a "Distinguished Unit" based on the unit's compliance with a myriad of AFJROTC requirements.


  • No new faces but new ROLES in the Performing Arts Staff: 
  • Mr. Chuck Bateman is now teaching it all with a 2 sections of Choir, 2 sections of Piano 1 and 2 sections of Guitar! So happy to have him full-time.
  • Mr. Colt Campbell is back as Band Director but with 10% growth and 60% growth over 2 years, he has created a third  performing ensemble! He now teaches 3 sections of Band, 1 section of Jazz Band, 1 section of AP Music Theory, and 1 section of Guitar. The Marching Band is now called the "Pep Band" and you will see them on Friday nights in the stands of The Backyard.
  • Lindsey Jensen is now Mrs. Lindsey Iverson and will be teaching Drama and English again.
  • Piano increased to 150 students which makes it the largest Piano program in the Southeast US! Mrs. Andrea Quinn teaches 2 sections of Piano 1, 2 sections of Piano 2-3H-4H, and 1 section of Strings.
  • Band is hoping to go to Pigeon Forge, TN this spring, Choir & Strings is hoping to plan a spring trip as well!
  • We are in the middle of selecting our 2020 Musical with a few front-runners....STAY TUNED!!!
  • Look for great things to come from our new Performing Arts Department


  • The World Language Department is offering AP Spanish again! Carmenza Londoño is teaching the class this year and there are currently 16 students enrolled! We are very excited to give students more options for their language studies!


  • We are going to overhaul our novel sets to make the authors represent our JICHS culture (Gender/Race/Origin, etc.) for the purpose of fostering more culturally responsive teaching. 
  • We are planning to launch a literacy fair this year. 
  • We are having a more targeted approach to EOC and ACT review sessions to prep students.

Maintenance Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

  1. Recarpeted the guidance office area, office 123, the main office area, the large conference room, and the finance office area. 

  1. Repainted office 120, the guidance office area, office 123, the large conference room and the finance office, also repainted the front atrium area and the vending area in the front courtyard.

       3.    Repainted the backside of all doors leading to the exterior of the building from the main building as well as the gym.

       4.     Added 15 new outside lunch tables to the courtyard and Troy’s diner.

       5.     Upgraded  the Football field play clocks from 25 seconds to the new 25-40 second regulation  play clocks.


       6.     Power washed the concrete from the front breezeway - main courtyard area, back to the rear exit at the attendance office.     


        7.    Put fresh pine straw down along the front of the school ( Gym to Science building) and the rear  courtyard area.


        8.    Campus-wide preventative maint. and filter changing was performed on all HVAC units the first week of June. 


         9.    Campus wide backflow preventers had their annual inspection, all passed. 

       10.    Completed all teacher summer work order requests.

                 Marty Monette

                 Facilities Director, JICHS

School Leader Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

Academics/School Update of Events

8/14-8/20 Schedule

8/14 Staff Meeting and teacher workday. We provided pizza and salad for the staff. The Marines donated coffee, donuts and bagels.

8/15 Professional Development day- We provided the staff with Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits for breakfast which is always a big hit. The PD topics were as follows:

  • SPED/Inclusion
  • Technology
  • Custom SLO’s (Student Learning Objective, a state requirement for all teachers)
  • Easy Data Analysis for Common Planning
  • Google Classroom & SLO Data
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

8/16  Faculty and staff  were treated to Kona Ice by Board members!  Thank you!! 

8/19 Half-day professional development, Anti-Defamation League (ADL), half-day teacher workday

8/20 Teacher workday

Freshmen Orientation Night was on 8/19/19 from 5:30-7:00 pm. We had a brief presentation for students and parents. Students and parents were able to walk around the building to find their classes and meet with freshmen teachers.     

The First Three Days of School

On Wednesday morning, we had eight late buses. All the buses did arrive within 20 minutes of the start of the day. Busing got better each day. On Friday, we only had two late buses during the run. They arrived just after the tardy bell. The afternoon run has been similar. Currently, Durham is short one bus driver for the afternoon run so one bus is having to come back to do that route. Those students are waiting  about an hour for the bus to return.    

Independent Learning Time (ILT)

ILT went very well all week with one exception. We had one student incident. The new Food Service Staff were very complimentary about our students’ behavior. They said the students  were very polite and patient. The Food Service Department was short 4 staff members this week. As a result, we were not able to run the second kiosk. CCSD expects to have us fully staffed in a week or so. We did a staggered release for ILT. We also extended ILT to the normal 50 minutes to give the Food Service Department more time. On Friday the lines were half empty with 20 minutes to go. We had Tropical Smoothie Cafe here on Friday, which helped. The smoothies are not a meal, but it definitely helped. We are learning to crawl, walk, and run with ILT.  The students have been great. They have been well behaved and have kept the school pretty clean. I suspect in a few weeks ILT will be running smoothly.      

9/5/19 Fall Open House from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The Board is all welcome.    

Leadership Team

We streamlined our field trip procedure by using Google Classroom to discuss and approve the majority of field trips. We would routinely spend 30-40 minutes approving field trips, which took up the majority of meetings. Streamlining the process will allow the Leadership Team to focus on our charter goals, curriculum and instruction, and school initiatives.

 JICHS Strategic Plan

The Leadership Team is working on completing our Strategic Plan (SP). The areas of the SP are as follows:

  • Athletics
  • Communication
  • Facilities
  • Safety & Security
  • School Climate
  • Student Achievement
  • Technology

The Student Achievement section will include action plans for each charter goal. We are creating subcommittees for each charter goal. Each subcommittee with have at least one administrator, another member of the LT, and ideally one or two board members (note: must be in the first year of their term). Board member(s) may collaborate electronically if necessary. The goal is to coordinate the efforts of our committees, action research groups, and other staff initiatives through the subcommittees, then to the LT, and ultimately to the BoD.  My goal is to have the charter goal actions plans approved the LT and BoD by the end of the first quarter (10/24/19). 

Technology Update (Gilbert)

The Technology Department has been working on getting the building and teachers’ classroom ready for the school year.

The Technology Department will be meeting with the administration to prioritize the new purchases for this school year.  Due to budget concerns, the Technology budget may be adjusted.   

School Safety Update

Mr. Edwards has created a duty schedule for the AM tower screenings. Teachers will be assigned a total of 10 security duties throughout the school year. In the past, teachers would have a duty once a week or 36 times a year. Mr. Edwards is currently planning all our safety drills for the 19-20 school year. 

Students are trained in “Active Threat Lockdown” and “Heightened Security” in Advisory. This is also covered in the grade-level assemblies and prior to the first lockdown drill. We continue to coach our students and staff to follow “See Something, Say Something.” Communication between staff and students has the biggest impact on keeping our school safe. We are once again using the StopIt App so that students can anonymously report school safety issues, which includes bullying. CCSD is now using our lockdown terminology and the StopIt app. 

Our new SRO is Officer Craig Hamilton. He has been with the Charleston Police Department for 12 years and has achieved the rank of senior police officer. He's a member of the department's civil disturbance unit and is in the Air Force Reserves.

Construction Update

CTE and Competition Gym

We have not formally met since last spring. We did meet with Cumming  once during the summer. In order to save on costs, they stated that the project will most likely be done in one phase versus two. This means we may have to relocate several trailers (wind rating of 115 mph). The project is scheduled to be completed for the 2021-22 school year.    

James Island Bus Lot

The James Island Bus Lot project is expected to place and be completed by next summer. The sooner we are able to get our buses in a state-approved bus lot the sooner we can save money on our transportation costs. 

Practice Field Project 

This is still in the conceptual phase. The current plan is to turf as much of the field as we can to maximize the space for practice. There will be enough space for a regulation football or soccer field and additional space for practice. The CCSD Board of Trustees approved

$750 K for this project. We had SpringTurf give us a quote and that came back in at approximately $1 million. The remaining costs will be covered by JICHS.    

Executive Session

  • Contracts- 
  • Personnel- 
  • Legal- Legal Update (KM)
  • Student Privacy-  

To move into executive session

By: George Williams Seconded by: Melanie Millar

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

To come out of executive session.

By: George Williams Seconded by: Jeffrey Wiseman

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:20 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Henry Meeuwse Seconded by: Melanie Millar

There was no notable discussion on the motion.