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Board Approves Changes

By Staff | Jun 30, 2010

The Wetzel County Board of Education June 21 continued to make staffing and personnel changes, most of them for the 2010-11 school year.

Hundred High School

At the beginning of that year, Natalie R. Balwanz will become non-certified head cheerleader coach and Richard D. Hayes was approved as assistant football coach. Hayes’ position is non-certified.

The board also approved others to non-certified positions: Terry D. Metz, assistant girls’ basketball coach; George M. Ray, head basketball coach; Cynthia S. Varner, assistant cheerleader coach; Larry R. Tustin, assistant softball coach; and Anna M. Watson, athletic trainer.

In addition, Brian K. Bartlett was employed as non-certified head softball coach and Terry L. Riter was approved as non-certified assistant baseball coach for the 2010-11 season.

Long Drain School

Riter also was approved as 7/8 grade girls’ basketball at Long Drain School, while Julie R. McCartney’s assignment was changed from countywide pre-school special needs teacher to the Early Start program based at LDS.

Meanwhile, the board employed Paul C. Huston II as 7th grade boys’ basketball coach.

Paden City High School

The board employed Joe A. Anderson as non-certified assistant football coach and Jennifer L. Brooks as assistant cheerleader coach, also a non-certified position.

James R. Casto was hired as next school year’s athletic trainer and Jeanne L. Fox was 7/8 grade girls’ volleyball coach. Fox’s position will not be paid from public funds and Casto’s position is non-certified.

Robert G. Postlethwait was approved for next year’s non-certified positions as 7th grade boys’ basketball coach and as assistant football coach.

Velisha I. Shepherd was approved as assistant girls’ basketball coach and Lorne K. Sine was hired as 7th grade and 8th grade girls’ basketball coach. Both Sine’s positions are non-certified.

Paden City

Elementary School

At Paden City Elementary School, Barbara A. Cain was approved as halftime cook II for next year. She will retain halftime substitute cook status.

Valley High School

Brooks L. Brown was hired as non-certified athletic trainer for the 2010-11 season, while Constance D. Dakan will become head cheerleading coach.

Molly A. Harris was approved for employment as assistant softball coach, a non-certified position, while Steven M. Ingold was hired as assistant baseball coach, also non-certified. Debra D. Kocher was named non-certified head girls’ track coach for next year.

Contracted services were approved for Janet H. Moore as SAT coordinator for next year and David B. Palmer was employed as non-certified assistant football coach.

The board okayed Gary L. Partridge as head volleyball coach at VHS and as 8th grade girls’ basketball coach at Short Line School. Both positions are non-certified, as was Timothy J. Starkey’s appointment as assistant girls’ basketball coach at VHS.

Magnolia High School

The board approved several non-certified positions at this school: Matthew J. Quinet, head boy’s track coach; David L. Grandstaff and Martin L. Riggs Jr., assistant football coaches; and Cynthia A. Zajdowicz as assistant cheerleader coach.

New Martinsville School

Theresa A. Headley was approved for a 228-day contract as evening custodian at New Martinsville School, effective July 29.


Among several countywide staffing changes, the board accepted the resignation from contracted services from Shelly E. Coen as countywide handyman and approved services for Ralph V. Gainer II and Harold A. Trader for handyman positions, effective July 6.

The board changed the assignment of Yonsell J. Eller from mechanic at the bus garage to supervisor of transportation/chief mechanic. Both are 261-day contracts. The change is effective July 1.

James M. Daugherty was taken from the Reduction-in-Force List and employed as countywide supervisory teacher aide-special education/transportation on Bus #36 at the beginning of next school year.

The board approved two requests for busses and bus operators. One was from the Silver Bebee’s 4-H group to transport 4H youth and chaperones to Kennywood Park June 25. The trip will be paid by the 4-H group.

A request was approved from the New Martinsville Parks and Recreation Commission to transport children and counselors from the Lewis Wetzel Family Center to the Brooklyn area train station and return on June 22. Trip funded by the commission.

A parental request was approved from Marci Bordenkircher for her son to attend the Wetzel County Center For Children and Families for the 2010-11 school year.

A similar request was approved from Rachel and Chad Chaplin for their son. Both requests are pending release from Tyler County Schools.

Rebecca Voight, a home-school parent, was granted permission for her son to attend a welding class offered through MHS and taught at the Mid-Ohio Valley Technical Institute at St. Marys.

The board adjourned to its next scheduled meeting, 7 p.m., July 6, at its offices, 333 Foundry St., New Martinsville.