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Board Must Still Fill Key Positions

By Staff | Aug 19, 2009

Valley High School will need a new principal for the 2009-10 school year, as the Wetzel County Board of Education Aug. 3 approved a change in assignment for Shawn L. Coen to assistant principal at New Martinsville School, effective Aug. 7.

Assistant Superintendent Jay Yeager said he hopes to have a recommendation for Coen’s successor before students return on Aug. 26.

She will replace Larry W. West, who was called out of retirement last year to fill the slot. West, himself a former NMS principal, remains on the substitute teacher list and coach of the Magnolia High School Freshman Basketball team.

The board will also need to find a new band director at Magnolia High School. Fred Channel’s resignation from the position was accepted at the Aug. 17 meeting.

In other matters at the Aug. 3 meeting, the Hundred, New Martinsville, Paden City, and Pine Grove public libraries received checks for $1,500 each. The funds are from proceeds from a December 2007 voter-approved excess levy.

In other personnel changes at NMS, the board took Shannan P. Palmer from the Reduction-In-Force list for reassignment as first grade teacher and removed Debra D. Kocher from the transfer list and approved her as kindergarten supervisory teacher aide.

The board also voted to retain Rebecca K. Goff as full-time teacher at Hundred High School, repealing a previous vote to assign her to teach an additional class at Long Drain School. In addition, contracted services for Goff were approved as the high school’s SAT coordinator.

Contracted services also were approved for Tammy H. Wells, county director of secondary and vocational education, as mentor principal at HHS.

At LDS, the board okayed contracted services for Beth A. Sigley as technology site coordinator and Ted G. Summer was taken from the RIF list and assigned as countywide MI/LD/BD with Autism.

Juliann M. Allman was approved for employment in the same countywide position, based at Short Line School, and Julie R. McArtney was approved for employment as countywide special needs teacher, based at both SLS and LDS.

In addition, contracted services for Patricia S. Potts were approved as SAT coordinator at SLS, as were contracted services for Margaret K. Sine as the school’s mentor principal.

At MHS, Heidi K. Johnson was employed as mathematics instructor, pending state certification. She also was approved as assistant coach of the girls’ soccer team for the 2009-10 season.

Vance E. Ash was approved as non-certified assistant baseball coach and Paul R. Mateer was employed as non-certified assistant boys’ soccer coach.

Contracted services were approved for Sarah E. Benson as SAT coordinator at Paden City Elementary School, while Jennifer L. Brooks was employed as non-certified assistant cheerleader coach at Paden City High School and Alex R. Thoburn as PCHS golf coach, a non-certified position.

The board approved contracted services for Mark C. Fawcett as chief GED testing examiner at the Wetzel County Center For Children and Families. Contracted services also were approved for Mary L. Toth as assistant GED examiner and for Wendy J. Slider as Adult Basic Education instructor.

The board approved a number of persons as countywide substitute teachers for the 2009-10 school year: David A. Cisar; Rea N. Coen, halftime; Eddye S. Gauding; Roger L. Hill; Kandi L. Loy; Darlene A. Michalic; David A. Snyder; Stacey L. Werkau; and Carolyn S. Zeppuhar.

Rebecca A. Winters was employed as countywide substitute supervisory teacher aide and contracted services were approved for Janice A. Moore as countywide workbased learning/advisory site coordinator.

The board passed, on first reading, the deletion of Schools That Work coordinators. The state department of education did not reauthorize the Schools That Work program in several counties, including Wetzel.