December 11, 2018


            The Joint Board of Control for Jackson River Technical Center met in regular monthly session on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 with the following members present:


Eddy Clemons                                     Covington City

Tamala Preston                                   Covington City

Gerald Franson                                   Alleghany County

Jennifer Seckner                                 Alleghany County



            Also present were Mr. Eugene Kotulka, Administrator; Ms. Melinda Snead-Johnson, Superintendent of Covington City Schools; Mr. Glenn Spangler, Director; and Ms. Christy Armentrout, Clerk.


Mrs. Seckner called the meeting to order at 12:07 p.m., and led in a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.


Approval of Minutes:

            Mrs. Preston made a motion to approve the minutes as presented. Mr. Franson seconded the motion, and the motion was carried by unanimous aye vote.


Administrative Reports (19-19):

            Director’s Report. Mr. Spangler noted that the first semester of the 2018-19 school year is quickly coming to an end. He reported that the Culinary Arts students have taken the ServSafe test and out of 11 students 7 have passed. Two of the students who did not pass were close to passing and may re-test.


            Mr. Spangler also updated the board that the E-Rate application process, which the board approved last month, is currently in the works and that Mr. Alleman, of Alleghany County Public Schools Information Technology Department, is assisting with this project.


            Mr. Kotulka mentioned that the Studer results from student surveys have come in. He stated that the directions on the surveys were not crystal clear and that some of the students were unclear if they were answering for Alleghany High School or Jackson River Technical Center, and that moving forward the directions should be made clearer. He noted that student and staff surveys will be done again in the spring.



Old Business:



New Business:  



Executive Session (19-20):

Mrs. Seckner requested a motion to go into executive session, pursuant to VA code 2.2-3711.1 to discuss personnel matters. A motion was made by Mr. Clemons to enter executive session. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Preston.


            Mrs. Seckner requested a motion to close executive session and return to open session. Motion was made by Mr. Franson to return to open session. The motion was seconded by Mr. Clemons.


            Mrs. Seckner requested a motion to certify to the best of each members knowledge:

1.      Only public business matters lawfully exempted from opening meeting requirements by Virginia law were discussed in the closed meeting to which this certification applies: and

2.      Only such public business matters as were identified in the motion convening the closed meeting were, discussed or considered by the Board.


Motion to certify the executive session was made by Mr. Clemons. The motion was seconded

by Mrs. Preston.  A roll call vote was taken by the clerk.


  1. Mr. Clemons – yes
  2. Mrs. Preston – yes
  3. Mr. Franson – yes
  4. Mrs. Seckner – yes


Personnel (19-21):

            Mr. Spangler asked that the board approve Ashley Boyd as Nurse Aide Clinical instructor for the second semester of the 2018-19 school year. Mr. Clemons made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Preston and passed by unanimous aye vote.



Pay Bills (19-22):

            Bills in the amount of $18,093.61 were approved for payment on motion by Mr. Clemons, seconded by Mr. Franson. The motion carried unanimously.


Salaries and bills in the amount of $77,224.19 were also paid in accordance with approved salary and benefit schedules.




The meeting adjourned 12:19 p.m. on motion by Mr. Franson, seconded by Mr. Clemons.



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      Date Approved                                                                        Clerk