Governing Board

Board of Directors October Meeting - Monday October 21st, 2019 @5:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
Timothy Thorn present ex-officio On Time At Adjournment
Jeffrey Wiseman present co-chair On Time At Adjournment
Abby Wilkins present chair On Time At Adjournment
Henry Meeuwse present Treasurer On Time At Adjournment
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

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: Henry Meeuwse Seconded by: Jeffrey Wiseman

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approval of Minutes from Sep 23, 2019

Approve the minutes as submitted

By: Henry Meeuwse Seconded by: Jeffrey Wiseman

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Swearing in of officers

Robert Woodall

Greg Hays

Tom Hatley

Kathleen Beebe

Election of Board Officers

Abby Wilkins- Chair

Jeffrey Wiseman- Co-Chair

Henry Meeuwse- Treasurer

Kathleen Beebe- Secretary

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.

~Gary Paradis

~ Leisel Paradis

~Lydia King

Prestige (KM Consulting)

Presenting JISCH monthly Financial Statement.

August & September payroll has not been deducted by CCSD.

Overall budge is on track for the 19-20 school year.

Audit Results

From Elliot Davis

  1. Your ratting for the audit is an unmodified opinion. This a the gold standard you want with all audits.
  2. JICHS internal controls are excellent. Your bookkeeper and admin does a great job on record keeping and having checks & balances.

James Island Bus Lot

CCSD is planning a public meeting to held at our school within the next few weeks. JICHS Board members are welcome to attend.  November 7th at 6pm.

JICHS State-Mandated Busing

SECTION 59-40-50. Exemption; powers and duties; admission to a charter school.(D) The State is not responsible for student transportation to a charter school unless the charter school is designated by the local school district as the only school selected within the local school district's attendance area. However, a charter school may enter into a contract with a school district or a private provider to provide transportation to the charter school students.

Program of Studies

- New Course Approvals (French Culture & Civilization)  


Approve the New Program of Studies -Foreign Language

By: Jeffrey Wiseman Seconded by: Timothy Thorn

t. Hatley

Leadership Report

Presented by Leadership Chair Sheli Ballard.


  • The Leadership team is focusing on a few projects:
  • We are finalizing the initial drafts of our Charter Goals Strategic Plans.
  • We are analyzing the ins and outs of a couple new programs -- CERT and ILT/SLT.
  • We are preparing to finalize our 2020-21 Program of Studies; we plan to finalize that before the winter break.


  • World geography students did a Career Exploration on Ecologist using Virtual Reality equipment. They learned how GIS mapping is used in urban development and how animal species are protected. As a bonus they learned problem solving in a small group and had fun!



  • JI Alum from the International Diving Institute came in today and spoke to a few Science classes and one of the Engineering classes. Students really enjoyed it and it gave them an idea for a different career path.

Media Center:

Lots of JI Reads event in Nov, December and Jan. Board member are welcome to join in on the activities.

Athletic Report

Presented by Athletic Director Jeremy Holland.

Individual Sports Reports:

Football –   Varsity 2-4      Junior Varsity 3-3   Middle School 2-3


Varsity 11-2 (Clinched second in Region and will host Conway Thursday night at 6:00 pm for the first round of playoffs.       

Junior Varsity 11-2 - finished second in Region behind Wando

Cross Country

The Cross Country Team competed in Camden this past Saturday at the Coaches Classic meet.  The girls placed 11th out of 59 teams and were led by Katie Cannon. The boys placed 3rd out of 56 teams and were led by Darren Frasier.

Girls Tennis – 9-5….They play Berkeley today @ Cane Bay to decide second in Region and a Home playoff match

Girls Golf – Missed making Lower State - Ellie Hill qualified for Lower State as Individual


Here are the final results from Monday’s State Champs. \


200 Free

Katie Beebe

Seeded 12th with 2:04.12

Finished 19th with 2:04.96


200 Individual Medley

Wells Cloud (7th Grade!)

Seeded 22nd with 2:11.04

Finished 18th with 2:07.69


50 Freestyle

Parker McCraw

Seeded 28th with 23.42

Finished 28th with 23.90


100 Freestyle

Julia Beebe

Seeded 21st with 57.50

Finished 17th with 56.60


500 Freestyle

Julia Beebe

Seeded 30th with 5:49.48

Finished 22nd 5:41.52


Katie Beebe

Seeded 16th with 5:35.99

Finished 23rd with 5:43.03


Luke Nixon

Seeded 30th with 5:20.96

Finished 27th 5:20.21


200 Freestyle Relay

Lindsey McLeod, Kameron Kind, Julia Beebe, Katie Beebe

Seeded 20th with 1:47.70

Finished 17th 1:47.84


100 Backstroke

Wells Cloud

Seeded 28th 59.88

Finished 25th 59.03



Athletic Director Report


Athletics Facilities update:

- Waiting for quotes on turf fields

-Created design for Hall of Fame

-Maintenance has done a great job with keeping grounds maintained

Maintenance Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

  October 21st, 2019

  1. All hurricane damage repairs to buildings campus-wide are now complete.


  1. CCSD has Winthrop Tree Service trimming and cleaning up hurricane-damaged trees along the property line the length of the athletic drive. At the completion of this, Maynard Fence Co. will come in and repair the damaged fence sections.  

       3.    Replaced the fume hood exhaust assembly on the science building roof that serves the  

              classroom lab between rooms 301 and 302.

       4.   The fresh air make-up units serving the football field house and the Perf. Arts Building   

              have been tested and balanced.

       5.   JICHS Facilities Maint. Dept. has received and processed 81 work orders form Sept. 23rd to the 



              Marty Monette

              Facilities Director, JICHS

School Leader Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

Academics/School Update of Events

Homecoming Week 9/30-10/4

Homecoming week was a tremendous success. We had approximately 150 students at the Homecoming Dance. Many students participated in the theme days. The pep rally was outstanding. The Spirit Committee did an excellent job of planning the event, and the students showed a lot of school spirit. We had a cookout for the seniors and the staff during ILT. Thanks to Marty Monette, Patrick Halstead, Pat Matthews, Jason Edwards, Jeremy Holland for cooking. Mr. Edwards cooked 100-lbs of bacon. Thank you to Matt Gilbert, Meredith Reid, Robbie Woods, Anne Wright, Deborah Farrell, Donnia Richardson, and my wife for serving. We won the PB&J Blitz. We are now 3-0. We had a huge crowd for the Homecoming football game.

JICHS 2018 State Report Card

Palmetto Gold and Silver Award

Gold and Silver Schools Twenty-five Charleston County School District (CCSD) schools have been named by the South Carolina Department of Education as Palmetto Gold or Palmetto Silver Award winners for their student academic performance spanning the last two school years. The annual awards were established by the State Legislature to recognize and reward schools for high levels of academic achievement. Since no awards were announced last year, this year’s list recognizes schools for both 2018 and 2019.

The following award-winning CCSD schools are:

2019 Palmetto Gold Schools: Academic Magnet High School, Charleston County School of the Arts, Wando High School, Moultrie Middle School, Buist Academy Middle, East Cooper Montessori Middle, Laing Middle School, Carolina Park Elementary School, and Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School.

2019 Palmetto Silver Schools: James Island Charter High School, Thomas Cario Middle School, Montessori Community Middle, Charleston County School of the Arts Middle, East Cooper Montessori Elementary, Charles Pinckney Elementary School, Jennie Moore Elementary School, Mt. Pleasant Academy, Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, Orange Grove Charter School Elementary and Middle, and Oakland Elementary School, Belle Hall Elementary School.

2018 Palmetto Gold Schools: Academic Magnet High School, Charleston County School of the Arts, Wando High School, James Island Charter High School, Buist Academy Middle, Moultrie Middle School, Montessori Community Middle, East Cooper Montessori Elementary and Middle, Carolina Park Elementary School, Charles Pinckney Elementary School, and Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School.

“We are thrilled to celebrate this recognition with the teachers, administrators, and of course, the students, from so many schools throughout CCSD,” said Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait. “We have extremely high achieving schools and schools that have shown very impressive growth representing all areas of our county.”

Elementary and middle awards are based on State Report Card ratings for English language arts and mathematics achievement and growth. High school awards are based on State Report Card ratings for graduation rate, college and career readiness, and State End-of-Course tests.

Dinner and Discussion (Carrie Holland, Andrew Drake, and Donnia Richardson) 

  • November 7, 2019, at St. James Presbyterian Church. Dinner will be a 5:30 pm. The discussions will begin at 6:00 pm. 
  • In partnership with the JICHS Project LIT members
  • Guest speakers from MUSC’s Youth Collaborative Team and Edge Drug Prevention Alliance will be sharing information and raising awareness on adolescent substance abuse within the JI Community. 

Independent Learning Time (ILT) and Structured Learning Time (SLT)

Thus far, the students have been well-behaved during ILT. The students seemed to have caught on that this is their discretionary time. At first, they didn’t really know what to do, but now it seems like we have been doing ILT for years. The lunch lines are usually empty halfway through ILT. We have nearly 30 more benches for the corridor that are due to arrive at any time. 

Based on teacher feedback, we will continue to adjust SLT (separate math and science, how/when students may exit, etc.). ILT/SLT is an iterative process. We will continue to adjust until we feel we’ve got it just right.


JICHS Marketing/Branding/School Beautification Committees (Howard, Garvin, Quinn, Purvis, C Holland, Thorn, and others)

  • JICHS Branding in general- we are working with Jostens on a possible new mascot and slogans for the school  
  • New signage- bi-folds, hanging signs, and hallway signs 
  • AVID Elective and AVID Schoolwide (College and Career Readiness or CCR)
  • Decorating outside the Science building
  • Painting the amphitheater in the main courtyard (student-led project)
  • History of JICHS  

JICHS Strategic Plan

Currently, the charter goal subcommittees are working on action plans for each charter goal. The goal is to have a draft of each of these action plans ready for the November board meeting (11/18/19). Board members will be invited to join each subcommittee once an initial draft is ready. 

Technology Update (Gilbert)

  • The Technology Department is focusing on CERT testing to ensure the Chromebooks work properly with that platform. 
  • They continue to process technology-related work orders.

School Safety Update

  • Metal detectors conducted twice weekly.
  • Completed drills for fire, earthquake, and active threat.
  • Working with Officer Hamilton to prevent people who cause problems from entering after-school events.

Construction Update

CTE and Competition Gym

We are currently in the final schematic design phase. We expect to break ground in January. The current plan is to relocate four of the newer mobiles to the band practice field and rent a quad for the Building Construction Management class. The band practice field is the only suitable location on campus. This was cleared with Mr. Campbell. The band practice field will be restored back to its current condition. 

James Island Bus Lot

  • CCSD is hosting a public meeting to discuss the James Island bus lot on November 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm in the JICHS cafeteria. 
  •  This project is expected to start soon and be completed by next summer.

New Used Bus

We bought a used bus from Orange Grove Charter Schools for $5,000. It is in great shape. This will be extremely helpful in the spring with all of our sports.  We spend at least $300-400 per trip when we contract it out. We would like one more activity bus (for a total of 5). The cost savings for field trips and athletic events could pay for itself in less than a year (25-30 K). 

Practice Field Project 

CCSD has approved for the practice field project to proceed. We are currently waiting on two more bids from turf companies. Unfortunately, getting companies to submit bids has been difficult. Once we select a turf company, we will start the project asap. The project will only take 12 weeks, weather permitting. Hopefully, we will have a turf practice facility by spring. 

Executive Session

  • Contracts- 
  • Personnel- BoD Code of Conduct and Ethics & Board Training info
  • Legal- 
  • Student Privacy-  

Into Executive Session

By: Jeffrey Wiseman Seconded by: Henry Meeuwse

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Out of Executive Session

By: Henry Meeuwse Seconded by: Jeffrey Wiseman

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Motions From Executive Session

~ No motions from Executive Session.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:56 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Henry Meeuwse Seconded by: Tom Hatley

There was no notable discussion on the motion.