Two new members officially joined the Joppa-Maple Grove District 38 school board on Monday night.

The oath of office was administered to new members Rachel Henson, Cory Willenborg and incumbent Danny Burnett, who were elected during the April 6 Consolidated Election.

The board voiced its appreciation to outgoing board members Gail Stubblefield and Stacey Reames for their years of service, 28 and nine, respectively.

Board officers were voted on as a first order of business: Burnett as president, Denise Meyer as vice president, Henson as secretary and Deanna Latha as treasurer.

Joppa High School’s Beta Club will be attending the national convention in Florida. The board approved their participation and a $2,500 contribution.

JHS will hold its graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 14. Eighth-grade graduation at Joppa Junior High School will be held at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 18.

“We must be cognizant of how we celebrate this time in a way that honors the governor’s request to wear a mask, be socially distanced and maintain a 50-person capacity limit for Phase 4-Revitalization guidelines,” JMG Superintendent Dr. Vickie Artman said.

In other business

• Approved the Consolidated District Plan for 2021-22, which is required to apply for federal grants.

• Approved the Wellness Policy Triennial Assessment, which addresses the district’s meeting of nutrition and activity needs of students during the school year.

• Approved food service bids.

• Renewed the annual Illinois High School Association membership agreement for 2021-22.

• Approved the re-employment of board treasurer Deanna Latha.

• Approved the employment of Lisa Davis and Lydia Hosman as instructional aides.

• Renewed the contract for bookkeeping services with Justin Miller through School Financial Services for fiscal year 2022.

During the superintendent’s report, Artman:

• Recognized the work of volunteers lead by JHS athletic director Ashlin Lowery and Molly Stephens to prepare the JHS softball field on Sunday, prior to the team’s first game on Monday, April 26.

• Recognized the success of a fundraiser conducted by JHS Construction Trades class, which made two sets of corn boards from bleacher wood and conducted a silent auction that raised $1,850 between bids and donations that will be used for supplies.

• Acknowledged Kelsey McNichols with Massac County Mental Health. McNichols is transferring to the Massac Unit 1 School District and will be replaced by Brittney Woods. “We have been fortunate to have the services of Kelsey and look forward to the continued services Brittany will provide our students,” Artman said.

During the principal’s report, Dr. Jeff Dufour acknowledged:

• Lacey Wright for being selected to receive the 2021 King-Mertz Award of Excellence from Eastern Illinois University. Wright is a Title Reading teacher at Maple Grove Elementary School.

• The JHS WYSE team, which placed first at regional competition held at Shawnee Community College. The team now advances to sectionals at SIU Carbondale. Academic team members receiving awards were: Sky Keeling, first place in engineering graphics and second in mathematics; Libbie Lumbley, first in English and third in mathematics; Ava McNeill, first in computer science; Aubrey Stubblefield, first in physics and second in English; Cheyenne Lang, second in computer science; Troy Latham, second in mathematics and third in biology; Matthew McGinness, second in physics; and Carly Peck, third in chemistry. Rachel Cox placed third in physics and will compete at the state level.

The board voted to continue holding its meetings on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the JHS library. However, its next meeting will be May 17.

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