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JRTC Board Meeting Notes


What follows are the notes from the February 13, 2018 meeting of the Jackson River Technical Center Joint Board of Control. You are encouraged to contact Eugene Kotulka if you have questions regarding this information.


Present: Cindy Bennett (Covington City), Eddy Clemons (Covington City), Jennifer Seckner (Alleghany County), Gerald Franson (Alleghany County), Randy Tucker (Alleghany County), Craig Lane (Alleghany County), Glenn Spangler (JRTC Director), Christy Armentrout (Clerk), Melinda Snead-Johnson (Covington City Superintendent) and Mary Jane Mutispaugh (Alleghany County Director of Instruction, attending in Mr. Kotulka’s absence).


1.      The minutes of the January meeting were approved.

2.      Mr. Spangler reviewed honor rolls.  He noted there were 68 students on A Honor Roll and 83 students on A/B Honor Roll, which is 44% of the total student body.  Students make the Honor Roll by grades, and also by attendance.

3.      Mr. Spangler gave the enrollment report.  There are 333 high school students and 1 post-graduate student.  Of these, 285 are Alleghany students and 48 are Covington students. 

4.         Mr. Spangler informed the Board of upcoming events.  The Open House is February 22.  Tours for AHS 9th graders is February 14 and on February 27 for Covington freshmen.

5.      Mr. Spangler congratulated students who recently attended the Skills USA District competitions. Out of the ten students competing, four won first place, two won second place, and one took third place.  The results are as follows:  


            Skills USA District VII Competitions

·         Commercial Baking - Kayla Mailliard, and Brittney Perkins

·         Culinary Arts - MacKenzie Hale

·         Automotive Service Technology - Shawn Simmons – 1st Place

·         Cabinetmaking - Colton Swearengin – 1st Place

·         Carpentry - Steven Unroe – 2nd Place

·         Electrical Construction Wiring - Bradley Brackenridge – 1st Place, Zachary Humphries – 2nd Place

·         Welding - Hannah Wolfe – 1st Place, and Cody Via – 3rd Place


6.    Board members received copies of the 2016-2017 audits of the Joint Board of Control and Internal accounts. Mr. Spangler requested the audits be approved as presented. Mr. Franson questioned a $30,000 over-expenditure on structural costs.  Mr. Spangler replied that the expenditures were over budget in some categories, but under budget in others and that overall the center finished the year $41,000 under budget.  The audit was approved by unanimous vote.  

7.    Mr. Spangler requested approval of a trip to the Skills USA State conference for the four students who placed in district competitions, their advisors (Mr. Fridley, Mr. Starcher, Mr. Huffman, and Mr. Graham) and Mr. Spangler. The conference is April 19-22, 2018 in Virginia Beach. Mr. Spangler noted that the competition will begin on the 20th, but those going could possibly need to leave the day before. Mr. Spangler is pricing hotel rooms, which are expected to run $99-$129/per night and that the majority of the costs will come from the Student Activity fund and the Skills USA fund. The trip was approved unanimously.

8.    Mr. Clemons suggested that JRTC should be represented at the annual Streetscene in Covington on August 11th, 2018.  He noted it would be a great opportunity for JRTC to show what the students are capable of doing. Mr. Clemons also suggested promoting JRTC through the local Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development agencies by sending them a letter or mailer about the center for them to distribute to their contacts.

9.    Mr. Lane suggested Mr. Spangler be present at the high schools during scheduling times to promote more enrollment in the CST courses. Mr. Spangler said that he had done that last year and planned to do so again this year. Mr. Spangler expects next year’s numbers in CST to increase because students have heard more about the program throughout this school year.  Mrs. Seckner noted that she has a connection with a Cybersecurity firm that is willing to help with the CST classes in whatever way possible. She stated that Karen Cole, CEO of Assura had contacted her and that she would share her contact information with Mr. Spangler.

10.    Bills in the amount of $38,532.92 were approved.   Bills and salaries in the amount of $91,295.53 were also paid in accordance with approved salary and benefit schedules.


The meeting adjourned at 12:20 p.m. 

The next meeting will be held on March 13 at 12:00 p.m.