Governing Board

Board of Directors January Meeting - Monday January 27th, 2020 @5:30 PM

Meeting Minutes

Attendance Summary

Name Status Arrival Time Departure Time
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
Abby Wilkins present chair On Time At Adjournment
Timothy Thorn present ex-officio On Time At Adjournment
Jeffrey Wiseman present co-chair 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: Tom Hatley Seconded by: Robert Woodall

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Approval of Minutes from Dec 16, 2019

Approve the minutes as submitted

By: Jeffrey Wiseman Seconded by: Henry Meeuwse

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.


Presenting JISCH monthly Financial Statement.

7% increase for the per pupil allocation. Total student to 1510 758 K increase from the original budget.

End of year balance Balance 1,240,000

Summer Bridge Program-

This item need board approval. 

Approve the Summer Bridge Program

By: Jeffrey Wiseman Seconded by: Henry Meeuwse

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Additional Bus for Magnet Route

An additional bus is needed for the West Ashley Magnet Bus route.

To Approve addition Magnet Bus Route

By: Kathleen Beebe Seconded by: Tom Hatley

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

Leadership Report

Presented by Leadership Chair Sheli Ballard.


  • The leadership team is excited to be back to tackle the spring semester!  A few things we are working on:
  • We are currently reviewing action plans for each chart goal.  This is our 2nd check-in to ensure we are making appropriate decisions based on our progress.
  • A subcommittee will study current JICHS grading policies to make sure that we are maintaining legal standards as well as practices that best serve our students.
  • Several departments & teachers will participate in a presentation by Holocaust survivor Joe Engel on Friday, Feb 21 from 12:30-2 PM in the JICHS auditorium.  BoD Trustees and the community are invited to attend. Thanks to Ms. Scruggs for coordinating this event.


  • Once again, our Health Science club (HOSA) has been able to successfully partner with the American Red Cross to realize the agreed upon goal to complete a successful blood drive. Prior to the day of the drive, the goal was set to collect 55 pints of blood and the students, faculty, staff and members of the community at large rallied to do just that - collecting 55 pints and providing life saving blood and blood products for up to 165 patients in need during this time of critical shortage. 
  • FBLA will be competing at the FBLA District Conference this weekend. Students who place at District will compete at State Conference in March.
  • Our Image Editing, Animation and Web Design classes, through Perkins Funding, received Certiport licensing for our students to take the Adobe Certification Associate Exams at the end of the semester. These exams are rigorous but the result is a national certification for each student who passes the exam.


  • In last month's report, ROTC advised of a pending unit holiday party and a Christmas Caroling event at the Savannah Place Assisted Living Center on Secessionville Road. For this month's report, I am happy to report that both events were well attended and an enjoyable time was had by all involved.



  • We have selected our panel of JI Reads books for 2020!  These books are full of adventure, family, and diversity, and as a whole were chosen so all of our students will find at least one they would choose to read.  So far we are planning on bringing in Scott Reintgen, author of Nyxia, and are looking at Skype visits or in-person visits for other authors. We are appreciative of the ongoing support the Board has shown to our students as they provide money and personal involvement for JI Reads and Project Lit.  
  • Save the date for Feb 20 - our next Project Lit discussion on Pride by Ibi Zoboi in concert with UBASA and an event focused on Historically Black Colleges and Universities starring our own faculty.  Contact Amy Ball if you'd like an invitation. 


  • The unified art students created macchia forms, inspired by the artist Dale Chihuly. Macchia is the Italian word for “dot” so students incorporated this into their pieces in some way. Dale Chihuly is a glass artist, based out of Seattle, Washington, however, he has art displays all over the world. Students created their macchia forms using coffee filters, markers, and spraying their pieces with liquid starch, before allowing them to dry in the macchia shape. Each students’ piece is unique and colorful, just like Dale Chihuly’s work!


  • 70 Piano 1, 2, 3H students participated in our Semi-Annual Piano recital! 300+ were in attendance and it was a rousing success! Check it out here on our James Island Charter HS Strings & Piano FB page:
  • https://www.facebook.com/JICHSmusic/videos/1410740665771590/
  • JICHS Jazz Band Performed the National Anthem and some Intermission music at the Stingrays game on Friday, January 17, 2020. This is the Band's 20th community performance this year alone! Check out the JICHS Pride of the Island FB Page for morenews, pictures and performances:
  • https://www.facebook.com/JICHSband/videos/166697867994830/?q=jichs%20pride%20of%20the%20island%20band&epa=SEARCH_BOX  
  • 5 students participated in Region Choir at Charleston Southern University
  • All new students for Piano 1-4H, Guitar 1, and Advanced Choir. We're in for a great semester!
  • Preparations for spring JICHS Musical with our Advanced Drama and Choir classes. Our show 2020 is the fun and hysterical...drumroll, please: Once Upon A Mattress!!!
  • The various JICHS performance groups performed @ a number of local events in the fall: 
  • ICHS Open House (Jazz Band), JIPSD Community Event @ Lowe's (Jazz Band), Folly Beach Arts & Crafts Guild Fall Festival (Jazz Band), Charleston County Library Staff Reception (Jazz Band), James Island Library Ribbon Cutting (Pep Band), Stiles Point Elementary Fall Festival (Pep Band), 7 Football Games (Pep Band), Fall Band Concert, Publix Ribbon Cutting (Drumline), Holiday Festival of Lights (Jazz Band), James Island Christmas Tree Lighting ( Jazz Band), Holiday Band Concert, Folly Beach Christmas Parade (Pep Band), Stingray's Hockey Game (Jazz Band)
  • Upcoming Events -- High School Informational Night (Jazz Band), Jazz Performance Assessment, Pre-Festival Concert, Concert Performance Assessment


  • Cancer Pathways presented on cancer awareness and prevention to our health classes in the fall and left us with a guitar to paint and donate to the MUSC children's cancer center. The PE department is joining forces with the Art department to present the decorated guitar to the MUSC children's cancer center.

Athletic Report

Presented by Athletic Director Jeremy Holland.

Athletics Report January 27th, 2020 Individual Sports Reports: Boys Basketball – Varsity 6-8 (1-2 in region) Junior Varsity 11-2 (3-2 in region) Girls Basketball - Varsity 9-8 (1-2 in region) Junior Varsity 5-8 (1-2 in region) Wrestling - 5-8 (2-2 in region) Sophomore Jesse Kemp went undefeated Saturday and became the 1st girl in JICHS history to win girls State Wrestling tournament! She is also the 1st Wrestling State Champ since 2001! Athletic Director Report Athletics Facilities update: · Maintenance has done a great job with keeping grounds maintained Upcoming Events: · Spring Tryouts are February 3rd and 4th District Signing Day is February 5th at CCSD - We have 5 athletes attending Annual JICHS Golf Tournament is February 8 th Oak Point Future Plans: · Hall of Fame New Gym New Turf fields

Maintenance Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

 January 27th, 2020



1.             4 Gym boys locker room HVAC wall units have been replaced, 2 serving the boys P.E locker        

                room and 2 serving the boys basketball locker room. 


2.             DEHC inspected our stormwater retention ponds on Jan 9th, they passed.


3.              Keating roofing put 150 linear feet of roof metal edging along the roof above the media center                                             

                  to stop water intrusion into the building when it rains.

4.              Damaged fencing around the retention pond at the student parking lot has 

                  been repaired.

 5.             Annual campus wide fire alarm systems test was performed 1/26/20, all passed. 

 6.              JICHS Facilities Maint. has received and processed 101 work orders from Dec. 16th  to the    




                  Marty Monette

                  Facilities Director, JICHS

School Leader Report

Presented by Mr. Thorn

Academics/School Update of Events

12/19 Winter Showcase

All of our Performance Arts groups performed for our staff and students as internal field trip. This is an opportunity for all students in the Performing Arts to show off their talent and hardwork in front of our staff and students.

1/13/2020 Semester Exams

Midterms and final were the week of 1/13/2020. Due to our new schedule and busing situation, we used a new exam schedule that worked well. We will make some minor adjustments going forward; regardless, the week went extremely well. 

1/21/2020- First day of the second semester

1/30/2020 Spring Open from 5:00-6:00 pm

Student Recruitment

We are once again using the School Choice Application through CCSD. Please see their important dates below.  (https://www.ccsdschools.com/schoolchoice).  

Important Dates

The CCSD School Choice online applications will open on January 28, 2020, at 12:00 p.m (NOON). Paper applications will also be available for printing and available at selected schools by 12:00 p.m. The School Choice online application submission deadline is February 28, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. Paper applications must be received at one of the designated receiving schools or the CCSD District reception desk on February 28, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

The timeline below provides the dates, deadlines, and events related to the application process for the 2020-2021 school year. 


  • January 28, 2020 - Online and paper application window opens at 12 p.m. (NOON)

  • February 1, 2020 - Choice Fair: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at 4 locations: 

1. C.E. Williams Middle School, 640 Butte Street, Charleston SC

2. Laing Middle School, 2705 Bulrush Basket Lane, Mt. Pleasant SC

3. Military Magnet Academy, 2950 Carner Avenue, North Charleston SC

4. St. John's High School, 1518 Main Road, Johns Island SC

  • February 28, 2020 - Online and paper application window closes (4 p.m. for paper application drop offs; 6:00 p.m. for online application submissions)

  • April 3, 2020 - Families notified of acceptance

  • April 23, 2020  - Offered seat must be accepted or declined

School Choice Fair

The annual CCSD School Choice Fair will be held simultaneously at four school sites (C.E. Williams Middle, Laing Middle, Military Magnet Academy, and St. John's High) on February 1, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Families will be able to visit with school representatives from all neighborhood schools serving their zone, including the constituent and countywide magnet schools and programs.

Spanish language translation will be available at these events. 

Note: we are sending a team of staff members and AVID students to C.E. Williams and St. John’s High School. As always, the BoD is invited to all of our events. 

2/6/2020 High School Information Night 6:00-&7:00 pm. 

The event will begin with a brief presentation in the PAC. The Students Ambassadors will give guided tours. All departments, clubs, and sports will be represented. I am offering staff comp time to attend Open House and High School Information Night. I expect excellent attendance at both events. 

The Guidance Department will going to CRMS, HGMS, and C.E. Williams during the school choice window. Members of the AVID site and AVID students will be going to CRMS to recruit the next cohort during this time also.       

ESOL- WIDA Testing in February

Mrs. Morillo and I once again are meeting with all of our ESOL students that will be taking the WIDA test. The results of these tests go on our school report card. We will be offering the same incentive as last year, which is $10 card for each section they pass or $50 if they exit the program. Last year we had 24 students exit the program, and we doubled the points in the category on the state report card (3.5 to 7 out of 10 pts). We will also buy them lunch when we meet with them, which they really enjoyed last year. Mrs. Morillo and I will continue to emphasize to the students the importance of them receiving their necessary accommodations from their teachers. We want to them to be successful on the test and in the classroom.  These accommodations are a legal requirement just like a 504 or special education services.   

2/14/2020 Staff Professional Development Day 

Ms. Ballard is planning PD for staff based on their feedback. Staff members may also attend PD sessions offered by CCSD. 

2/22/2020  CCSD Teacher Recruitment Fair 8:00 am-12:00 pm

We will be sending several administrators and Leadership Team members to this event.  

Spring Test Dates (Third-Year Students)

2/25/2020 ACT Testing

3/4/2020 SAT Testing


Yondr Pilot

What light through yonder window breaks? It is not the light of my cell phone.

Yondr creates phone-free spaces (see device). They are used in many schools now and even at rock concerts. Ms. Spann and Mrs. Holland convinced me to buy some YONDR sets for testing. Now the EOC testing is over, teachers that won the Yondr lottery are now piloting them in their classes.   



School Safety Update (Mr. Edwards)

CCSD has moved to a new safety program called the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). This program is from the I Luv You Guys group. It uses current best practices for school safety such as plain language versus color codes (see poster). As a school, we are completely onboard with this program. We have been using this program for years. It has recently been updated and the changes are all common sense and understandable. I am proud that we have helped lead the district in this direction over the years. Mr. Edwards is planning student safety trainings for February.

Vape Detectors

Mr. Edwards has been pricing out vape detectors for our restrooms. He and Mrs. Holland visited Bishop England (BE) to see them in action. They were extremely impressed. The admin BE raved about the devices. We are exploring these for our school.                 

Construction Update

CTE Wing and Competition Gym

We recently met with CCSD, Cumming, and the Architects to review the timeline, location of trailers, and summer logistics. The trailer in-use will be relocated on the Band practice field. Construction is expected to last a year and a half. The new CTE wing and Gym are expected to be completed by the winter of 2021.      

James Island Bus Lot

The City of Charleston BZA Zoning Board voted down the JI Bus Lot Project. They did approve the CTE wing and Gym project. At this point, CCSD could take legal action. I am not sure if they will or not.  This is a link to the cost projections that I shared with the BZA and our staff (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xbq7MSJrc-6dJwXCrFaiJN5XWLuYBrqwz-4dlS5BKIU/edit?usp=sharing). The lack of a centralized bus will negatively impact all schools on James Island for years to come (service, safety, financially, and educationally). I strongly encourage this board to advocate for a centralized bus on the James Island whether it is at our school or not. I plan on advocating for bus lot until there is a solution. This community needs and deserves a bus lot. 

Executive Session

  • Contracts- N/A
  • Personnel- Principal Salary Increase to match CCSD & Personnel Issue
  • Legal- N/A
  • Student Privacy-  Student /Administrative Appeal

Motions From Executive Session


To increase the principal's salary to aline with CCSD.

By: Tom Hatley Seconded by: Robert Woodall

There was no notable discussion on the motion.

The Meeting was Adjourned

The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:05 pm

Motion to adjourn

By: Henry Meeuwse Seconded by: Kathleen Beebe

There was no notable discussion on the motion.