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Carmi-White County Unit #5 School Board Met Tuesday Night

The board members approved the implementation of a threat assessment protocol and procedures, and threat assessment team members, as required by the state.  The purpose is to attempt to identify any threat that would not be conducive to a positive learning environment for students.

Superintendent Brad Lee said the district received $4,956,969 in receipts for December, which includes $776,000 in reimbursements from the state and $53,500 from the one percent sales tax.

In the superintendent’s report, Lee noted that Paul Lunsford, their school architect, met with High School Principal Jerrod Newell and Maintenance Director Randy Warrick  to review potential projects at the high school.  Current needs include renovating the science lab, security lighting for the north side of the school, restroom renovations on the first and second floors, and cafeteria flooring.  The number of projects finished will depend on the costs, which is not to exceed $100,000.

Lee also mentioned that the Jefferson School Cafeteria flooded Saturday due to the heavy rains and was cleaned by Tuesday morning in time for the beginning of school.

The district’s most recent enrollment figures show that it has 1,393 students, which is the same enrollment as last year at this time.

The new district website and app went live this past Friday.  Newell gave an update on the changes.  The website is

In other business, the board approved the preliminary adoption of 34 board policy revisions as amended, with final action set for the regular February board meeting.

They approved a board policy targeting school violence protection.

Accepted 20 freshmen, 11 sophomores, seven juniors and nine seniors as Board Scholars for the first semester of the 2019-20 school year.

Accepted a leave of absence request for Sarah Haley beginning approximately March 23rd .  She plans to return to work the first day of the 2020-21 school year.

The retirement of Greg Leggett effective May 31st.

The resignations of Connie Leggett as head cook at Jefferson School May 31st and both Penny Gunter as High School head volleyball coach and Beth Hart as High School assistant softball coach, effective immediately.

And accepted $175  in donations from the Sisters of Precipton Alpha Xi to help students with clothing and/or supplies in the district’s schools and $4,558 for the Brownsville Attendance Center.

The board went into closed session at 7:26 PM.

During the closed session the board voted to deny the request for an unpaid leave of absence to a support staff employee beginning January 7th through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Kayla Emery was employed as a Pre-Kindergarten Classroom Aide at Washington Attendance Center for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Cassie Eaton. Shannon Webb was employed as the Junior High School Assistant Volleyball Coach for the 2019-2020 school year to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Ariana Watts. The board also voted to extend the Superintendent’s contract by one year (through June 30, 2022).