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Board Expels PCHS Student

By Staff | Jul 20, 2010

A male Paden City High School student was expelled for 365 days July 19 for alleged willful disobedience of a school official and using profanity, both violations of the West Virginia Safe Schools Act.

The alleged misconduct occurred May 27 on school property. It was the 11th expulsion of the 2010-11 school year and the first in recent memory for a summer-recess expulsion. The vote of the Wetzel County Board of Education to expel was unanimous.

The board adopted a revised policy on Emergency School Closings that requires the cancellation/postponement of “all co- and extracurricular activities for that day, including practices and/or scrimmages” that are caused by inclement weather.

Requests for exceptions “must be made to the Superintendent by the Building Principal of the affected student group or activity.” The exception may be granted “where doing so is reasonable under the circumstances and in the best interests of the students.” The policy also stipulates that “no students will be required to attend” any activity that is excepted.

Bad weather closing on a Friday will cause the cancellation/postponement of activities for the weekend. However, exceptions may be allowed for weekend activities in the foregoing manner.

The policy noted that because of the diverse terrain of Wetzel County, “it may be appropriate to close certain schools while keeping others open” during inclement weather. It also provides for reasons other than inclement weather for the closing of a school, a delay in the start of school, or an early dismissal.

The policy make the county superintendent responsible for notifying the transportation supervisor and building principals, who are to notify staff. The superintendent also is required to notify a number of broadcast media.

The board approved a second policy revision to update school service employee supplemental pay, which is in addition to statewide salary schedules. For a secretary I, II, or III and for executive secretary, it is $700 per school year, based on a 200-day schedule. For a coordinator of services, $1,600 and for the maintenance supervisor and WVEIS coordinator, $1,600 each.

The policy also stipulates that when an individual holds more than one classification, the supplement be paid for both. Pay supplements are funded through local taxation.

The board approved the appointment of Teresa L. Standiford as assistant principal at Magnolia High School, effective Aug. 4, under a 220-day contract. She will replace Marilyn McWhorter, who retired in June.

Standiford has been with the school system 11 years, most recently as a transitional kindergarten teacher at New Martinsville School.

In other employment changes, the board accepted the resignation of Heidi K. Johnston as assistant girls’ track coach at MHS and of James G. West as eighth grade basketball coach at Short Line School. Both resignations are effective immediately.

The board approved Urey P. Mortimore as halftime social studies teacher at MHS, effective Aug. 18. Effective with the 2010-11, Mortimore also will become halftime countywide substitute teacher.

Shannon D. Smith’s assignment was changed from halftime guidance counselor at MHS and NMS, to a 215-day contract in that position at MHS.

The board also approved Michael J. Findling as assistant MHS football coach for the coming school year and Brian S. Jones as head boys’ soccer coach.

At NMS, the board approved Paul E. Barcus III for the position of sixth grade teacher and Dana M. Gerenyi as countywide MI/LD/BD with Autism teacher. Both appointments are effective Aug. 18.

In addition, the board approved Roger L. Kimble as countywide substitute teacher for the 2010-11 school year and Mollie A. Toppe as Title I Reading Teacher at Short Line School. The board also approved Meredith L. Tusic as countywide preschool special needs teacher based at SLS and Long Drain School.

Beth A. Sigley was hired as 7/8 grade head boys’ cross county coach at LDS, a position not funded with public monies.

Jeanne L. Fox will become head coach of the PCHS softball team at the beginning of next school year.

In the only action affecting Hundred High School, the board approved Jonathan C. Pollock as English teacher, effective Aug. 18.

Dewayne A. Morris’ employment was reclassified from electrician II/general maintenance/sanitation plant operator on a 240-day contract to a 261-day contract. That change was made effective July 20.

The board approved a request from James and Mary Baker for their son to attend PCHS for the 2010-11 school year. The board did the same for Rick and Dawn Myers for their two children to continue attending Wetzel County Schools.

Doug and Tammy Wayman’s request also was approved for their daughter to continue attending NMS.

Meanwhile, the board denied a parental request for their child to attend Wetzel County Schools in the 2010-11 school year.

The board approved releases from the Wetzel County School System from Bernard and Georgia Bland for their daughter and for Craig and Amy Fluharty for their two daughters.

An agreement was approved with the state board of regents for students at the West Virginia University College of Human Resources and Education to do student teaching in Wetzel County Schools during the 2910-11 school year. The agreement runs from Aug. 25 to June 30, 2011.

Finally, the board selected the Clarksburg CPA firm of Tetrick and Bartlett to perform the school system’s annual audit in the fiscal years 2010 through 2012.

The board’s next regularly-scheduled meetings are set for 7 p.m., Aug. 2 and Aug. 16, at the board offices, 333 Foundry St., New Martinsville.