School Board Agrees To Buy 14-Acre Tract Near Lakeside Academy; Supt. Johnson Gets High Marks From Board

Thursday, November 19, 2020

The County School Board voted Thursday to acquire a 14-acre tract near Lakeside Academy.

The location is on Jersey Pike near Highway 58.

The purchase was for just under $1 million. The property was initially listed at $1.2 million.

Voting against were Steve Highlander, Rhonda Thurman and Joe Wingate.

Mr. Highlander said he had talked to three realtors and they all felt the price was too high.

Ms. Thurman said she did not understand what the land was going to be used for.

She said, with many businesses failing due to the pandemic, it was not the time to buy property.

Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson received a total composite score of 4.05 out of a top score of 5.0 from the Hamilton County School Board on his annual evaluation for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Board members rated Dr. Johnson's performance in seven key areas: strategic planning, student achievement, staff and personnel relationships, school leadership, post-secondary opportunities, business and finance, and the board relationship. He earned the highest marks (4.44) for developing a strategic plan and identifying and implementing necessary organizational changes to improve student achievement.

 

"The 2019-2020 school year brought unique obstacles for students, families, and staff, and Dr. Johnson responded with strength,said Joe Wingate, board chairman for the Hamilton County School Board.  "He has maintained a commitment to ensuring every student is future-ready - even during difficult circumstances - and Hamilton County is fortunate to have him as our Superintendent."


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