Johnsburg Central approves teacher evaluation plan

— Board members decided to table a motion to approve the five step “return to play” guidelines for students who have received a concussion. Board President William Conner noted that while the guidelines clearly define the activities for each step, it wasn’t clear how students should progress through the steps. Specifically, he wanted to know whether there was some timeline or objective criteria for determining when students were ready to proceed to the next step. The board decided to look into the question more deeply before moving forward with the motion.

Markwica told the board that the school has an effective Concussion Management System in place where all students in grades 7-12 take a pre-test on a computer which will establish and record their baseline response times so that in the event of a concussion a student will take the test again. He noted this is not meant to supersede a doctor’s evaluation but to add another check to ensure student safety and provide doctors with added information.

JCS Principal Nadeen Kearney reported that the recent Holiday Café Concert was a great success, with 129 people attending, not including students. Board member Thomas Ordway shared with the board that while attending that event himself he was approached by a resident who had just moved to the area and told that he couldn’t believe what a talented group of students the school had and that he had heard nothing but good things about the school.

The next School Board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 14.

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