JRTC Monthly Report





February 12, 2019


            The Joint Board of Control for Jackson River Technical Center met in regular monthly session on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 with the following members present:


Bert Baker                                           Covington City

Eddy Clemons                                    Covington City

Tamala Preston                                   Covington City

Gerald Franson                                   Alleghany County

Jennifer Seckner                                 Alleghany County

Randy Tucker                                      Alleghany County     

Jacob Wright                                       Alleghany County



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


Mr. Wright called the meeting to order at 12:02 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. Mrs. Seckner seconded the motion, and the motion was carried by unanimous aye vote.


Administrative Reports (19-26):

            First Semester Honor Rolls. Mr. Spangler presented the board members with copies of the A and A/B honor rolls for the first semester. He noted that students are included on the honor roll based not only on grades, but on attendance as well.


            Enrollment Report. Mr. Spangler reported that there are currently 325 high school students and 3 post graduate students enrolled at JRTC this semester. He stated that this is close to normal numbers for the spring semester. He mentioned that enrollments for this semester are affected by the advanced level marketing courses, which do not normally get the high enrollment numbers that the regular marketing courses do.


            SEDF Fall Report. Mr. Spangler reviewed the fall SEDF report with the board. This report details a summary of enrollment trends over the past 3 years. It also documents the female and male non-traditional enrollments. For the fall report JRTC had 17.16% female non-traditional enrollment and 10.98% male traditional enrollment, for a total of 15.95% total non-traditional enrollment. The report also lists the dual enrollment numbers, however, because this report is generated from a snapshot date, dual enrollment numbers are listed as 0. This is due to the fact that no students were yet dual enrolled as of the date the report was generated, and is not an accurate picture of dual enrollment at JRTC. Mrs. Preston asked Mr. Spangler if he had an exact number of dual enrollment students. He stated that he did not have the number in front of him at the meeting, but that he believed around 28 students were enrolled in dual enrollment courses.


            Director’s Report.  Mr. Spangler updated the board on the HOSA trip coming up in March. He stated that the final head count for students attending the state conference is 20 students.  He also mentioned that third year nursing students are currently in clinical rotations, and will be completing their state testing at the end of April.


            Mr. Spangler noted that regional Skills USA contests have been taking place over the past couple of weeks. Contests in carpentry, welding and electrical have already been completed, the auto competition was being conducted today, and the culinary arts and cabinetmaking competitions are tomorrow. The regional awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 21, 2019.


            Mr. Spangler stated that 9th grade tours will be taking place at the end of this month. CHS freshmen will be touring on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, and AHS freshmen will be touring on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Mrs. Preston asked whether or not 9th grade parents are included or contacted with regards to JRTC classes. She stated that she believes it would be a good idea to get the word out to the parents or perhaps to have a meeting to include the parents in the 9th grade introduction to JRTC.


            Mr. Spangler also noted that the machine shop is up and running and that night classes are taking place every Tuesday and Thursday evening. The classes running at this time are DSLCC classes. Mr. Spangler stated that hopefully day students will also be able to get some experience in the new lab  in the near future as well.


Old Business:



New Business:  


Approve Skills USA State Conference Field Trip (19-27):

            Mr. Spangler asked that the board approve the trip to the Skills USA State Conference in Virginia Beach on April 12-14, 2019. This trip will be open to any students eligible to participate and their advisors. Mr. Tucker made a motion to approve the trip. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Preston, and passed by unanimous aye vote.


Discussion of Compensation for Instructors for summer competitions. Mr. Wright stated that he believes that student organizations such as Skills USA and HOSA give JRTC an excellent opportunity to showcase the talent that is developed here. The skills displayed at these contests are a byproduct of the effort that JRTC’s instructors put into training the students. Mr. Wright would like to see some formal plan to compensate teachers for their time and effort when they have students going to national competitions that fall outside of the contracted school year.


            After some discussion of possibilities for compensation, it was determined that a stipend would be the most viable option. Mr. Spangler was asked to research this option and bring the resulting information to the board by the next meeting.


            Mr. Franson asked if there was some way to advertise how many contest winners JRTC has had over the years to get the word out about the school’s success. Mr. Wright suggested a possible hall of fame to serve this purpose.  



Pay Bills (19-28):

            Bills in the amount of $34,429.71 were approved for payment on motion by Mr. Franson, seconded by Mr. Tucker. The motion carried unanimously.


Salaries and bills in the amount of $95,554.69 were also paid in accordance with approved salary and benefit schedules.




The meeting adjourned 12:32 p.m. on motion by Mr. Franson, seconded by Mr. Baker.



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      Date Approved                                                                        Clerk