At the Wetzel County Board of Education meeting held April 16 the board held their first discussion regarding prioritizing the maintenance request list recently compiled for their review and approval.
After much discussion, the board established that the much-needed remodels in the county schools include replacing Magnolia High School's baseball field bleachers and track, similar repairs to baseball/softball fields in Paden City, and roof repair to Long Drain School, New Martinsville School, and Valley High School. Additionally, upgrading the electrical system at the MHS track field is high priority along with repairing the steps at the board office, including the installation of a rail down the center of those steps.
While rough estimates for these project proposals were made, the board agreed deeper investigation into possible materials and contractors is needed before coming to a final decision on what projects will receive the green light.
Another request discussed was the repair/remodel of the VHS field house. While the board noted it's a worthy project, the field house simply isn't a liability right now, unlike the repairs absolutely needed to the track and bleachers which pose higher safety risks. The present electrical system at the track field is also a safety issue.
"We have safety issues and we have the money," noted Board President Mike Blair. "We don't get that opportunity very often. Let's look at those safety problems and get them fixed."
In strong agreement with Blair, board members, as well as the superintendent, will explore building options and funding sources including contacting local boosters. Once cost quotes are honed, the board can better examine what projects are feasible with the money and time available, at which point the board will come to a final approval list.
In other matters the board approved the first reading of Wetzel County Policy GDAAD-R regarding the position of Coordinator of Transportation, Child Nutrition, and Maintenance. They also approved all personnel and routine matters along with the treasurer's request for payment of bills for the month of March and transfers in the budget.
Additionally they approved the School Calendar for the 2012-2013 School Year to include early release dates (early dismissal) equivalent to three days for school-wide planning and academic progress analysis. Early release dates will be determined at a later date and based upon progress monitor dates or applicable data collection periods and will be subject to cancellation in the event of missed instructional time.
Lastly, the board established upcoming meeting dates to be held at the county office. On May 7 the board will meet at 6:30 p.m. for the recognition of the new 25 Year Club members followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. And on May 21 they will hold a regular meeting at 7 p.m.