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School System Loses Experience With Resignations/Retirement

By Staff | Sep 2, 2009

The Wetzel County School System lost a combined 71 years of experience Aug. 17 when the board of education approved one retirement and two resignations.

Sandra K. Doty’s retirement was approved as of July 1. She had been an English teacher at Paden City High School for 40 years.

The board accepted the resignations of Fred L. Channel as instrumental music teacher and band director at Magnolia High school. The board also accepted the resignation of Julie A. Channel as Title I Reading Teacher at Short Line School. Fred Channel has been with the county school system for 15 years; his wife, one year longer.

In addition, the board accepted Kimberley D. Kehrer’s resignation as countywide IEP/transition coordinator, based at the Wetzel County Center for Children and Families. Kehrer’s resignation was effective immediately.

In other personnel changes at SLS, Cathrina Jade Spencer was employed as Reading Initiative Teacher and contracted services were approved for Charles R. Blair as mentor teacher, social studies. Blair also was approved for contracted services as mentor teacher, special education.

At Long Drain School, the board approved a change in assignment for Rebecca A. Winters, taking her off the Reduction-In-Force List and moving her to “temporary” countywide supervisory teacher aid in special education. At the same time, the board okayed a maternity leave-of-absence for Abigail D. Tennant as supervisory teacher aide at the school.

At Hundred High School, contracted services were approved for Ronald A. Dennis as mentor teacher, physical education, health and driver education. In addition, Rita C. Roberts was approved for a contracted services position as mentor teacher, English.

Kimberley S. Doty-Arrick and Mary C. Wright were approved as non-certified athletic co-trainers at New Martinsville School for the 2009-10 WVSSAC season.

At Valley High School, a contracted services position was approved for Kristina L. Earley as mentor teacher, art. Meanwhile, the same type of position was approved for Mark D. Blair as mentor teacher in physical education and health at Magnolia High School.

In the only other employment change at MHS, Sandra K. Hinerman was approved for a contracted services position as mentor teacher in mathematics.

Mandy S. Morris was approved for employment as countywide supervisory bus operator and Samuel Snyder was added to the list of approved countywide substitute teachers.

A request from Shawna Christner was approved for two children to continue attending Wetzel County School for the 2009-10 school year, contingent on space availability and release from Tyler County Schools.

Similar requests from Chasity and Jim Means and from Chris and Denise Neff were approved for their children to continue attend schools in Wetzel County, all pending release from Tyler County.

At the same time, requests were approved from three families to allow their five children to attend school in Tyler County for this school year.

The board approved an out-of-state trip for Steven W. Jones to take the PCHS Band to Marietta on Oct. 10 to perform at the Marietta High School Band-O-Rama or to Oakland, Md. for the Autumn Glory Festival. Funding will be from the Paden City Band Patrons.

The board also added a number of school groups permitted to raise funds in their schools’ names and okayed chaperones/volunteers for the 2009-10 school year at HHS.