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Grant Will Upgrade VHS?Field

By Staff | Jul 13, 2011

At a special meeting held July 5, the Wetzel County Board of Education approved to accept and use the McGuane Foundation Grant in the amount of $100,000 to upgrade Valley High School’s Baseball Field and facilities.

A graduate of VHS, Michael McGuane has gone on to be a very successful attorney in the Wheeling area and has made many donations to the schools in the area. While details aren’t finalized, renovations to VHS’s facilities may include new bleachers and possibly separating the baseball and football field, as both sports are presently shared on one field.

In other matters, the board began their meeting with the annual review of Wetzel County policies BK and GCEB, and approved the June 20 meeting minutes as recorded.

The board also set the regular meeting schedule for the coming year. They agreed to continue meeting on the first and third Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. That schedule can change in the case of special meetings.

Relatedly, it was agreed to hold the next regular board meeting Aug. 1 at 7 p.m. at the county office located at 333 Foundry Street, New Martinsville.

The board also took a moment to extend their congratulations to the Magnolia and Valley High School TSA teams. Both teams placed, fourth and 10th, respectively, at the National TSA Conference held in Dallas, Texas, on June 21-25.

Under routine matters, the board approved to declare the following surplus property and sold by sealed bid:

One 1996 Ford E250 truck with 4/9L/bad motor and body; one 1994 Ford Aerostar truck with 4.0L/bad motor; one 1994 Ford E350 truck with 7.3L/bad body; one 1992 Ford E150 truck with 4.9L/bad body; one 1987 Ford E150 truck with 4.9L/bad motor and body; two 1997 Thomas Transit 89-passenger buses, 3116 Cat motor/bad body; one 1996 Thomas Transit 89-passenger bus, 3116 Cat motor/bad body; one 1995 Thomas Transit 89-passenger bus, 3116 Cat motor/bad body; and one 1991 Thomas Transit 89-passenger bus, 8.2L Detroit motor.

The board inquired about the condition of the above mentioned vehicles, to which Transportation Director Brian Jones stated those vehicles, which are often purchased at auctions, are used everyday and simply get worn out over time.

In other matters, the board approved the Memorandum of Understanding which outlines the responsibilities of Fairmont State University and those of the Wetzel County School System in regards to the placement and supervision of Fairmont State University clinical students and student teachers.

Under personnel matters, the board accepted Bryan L. Ensinger’s retirement from his position as Teacher at New Martinsville School, effective June 30; and Sara L. Grimm’s resignation from her position as Summer Program Cook at Short Line School, effective June 23.

The board further approved the following employment and/or changes in employment to the following individuals:

Lance L. Binegar for change in assignment from the Reduction-In-Force/Preferred Recall List to Countywide MI/LD/BD with Autism Teacher based at SLS, effective the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year; Dana M. Gerenyi for employment as Countywide MI/LD/BD with Autism Teacher based at NMS, from Temporary Professional Permit/Autism to Professional Certificate, effective at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year; Stephanie L. Tison for change in assignment from Countywide half-time ESL/half-time Spanish Teacher at MHS/NMS to half-time Spanish Teacher at Paden City High School and Countywide half-time ESL/Spanish Teacher based at NMS, effective the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year; Carla N. Wade for change in assignment from the Reduction-In-Force/Preferred Recall List to Kindergarten Teacher at SLS, all effective the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year; and Melissa L. Scyoc for employment as Countywide School Nurse based at SLS, from First Class/Full Time Permit-School Nurse to Professional Student Support Certificate-School Nurse, effective Aug. 10.

Under Service Personnel, the board approved Rosemary Bucher for change in assignment from half-time Cook III at SLS to Cook III at SLS, effective the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year; and Theresa A. Headley for change in classification from Custodian II (682-B), 228-day contract at NMS to Custodian III (683-C), 228-day contract at NMS, effective July 29.

Additionally, the following were approved for contracted services summer positions, effective July 5:

Cheryl S. Hillberry, Cindy L. Long, and Paula M. Mackey as Summer Cooks at NMS; and Theresa A. Jones as Summer Program Cook, and Nancy J. Shewmake as Summer Custodian, both at SLS.

Also, Eva A. Rogalski was approved for a contracted services position as Countywide Extended Year-Supervisory Teacher Aide/Autism Mentor based at SLS, effective July 5.

The following teachers were approved for re-employment for the 2011-2012 school year on the basis of a permit or out-of-field authorization (all pending receipt of the appropriate State Certification):

Paul E. Barcus III: continuing contract as Driver Education Teacher at MHS; Lance L. Binegar: first year contract as Countywide MI/LD/BD with Autism Teacher based at SLS; Barbara L. Blain: second year contract as Mult. Cat. MI/LD/BD with Autism Teacher based at NMS; Jennifer L. Eller: second year contract as Reading Initiative Teacher at SLS; Leslie C. Emch, Ashley L. Greene, Margeau R. Hafer, Amanda J. Ice: continuing contracts as Countywide Pre-School Special Needs Teachers based at the Wetzel County Center for Children and Families; Julie R. McCartney: continuing contract as Countywide Pre-School Special Needs Teacher based at Long Drain School; Brittany T. McGinnis: second year contract as Countywide MI/LD/BD with Autism Teacher based at SLS; Alexis J. Robinson: continuing contract as Countywide Autism Teacher based at NMS; Velisha I. Shepherd: third year contract as Countywide MI/LD/BD with Autism Teacher based at SLS; Cathrina J. Spencer: third year contract as Title I Reading Teacher at SLS; Eliza N. Sprowl: continuing contract as Reading Intervention Teacher at NMS; Danielle M. Standiford: continuing contract as Countywide Pre-School Special Needs Teacher based at SLS; Stephanie L. Tison: continuing contract as Countywide half-time ESL Teacher based at NMS; and Chris M. Wilson: second year contract as Countywide MI/LD/BD with Autism Teacher based at LDS.

Lastly, the board approved the following requests from parents/guardians:

Cathy Hinkle for her son, Matthew Alexander Lohr, to be released from PCHS to continue attending Tyler County Schools for the 2011-2012 school year; Rick and Dawn Myers for their children, Olivia M. Myers and Clayton D. Myers, to continue attending MHS/NMS for the 2011-2012 school year; and Rebecca Voight, parent of home-schooled students Phillip Charis Voight (senior) and Careva May Voight (junior), for Phillip to participate in the welding class (his second year) and for Careva to participate in the Health Occupations Class, both offered through MHS (MOVTI), for the 2011-2012 school year, providing their is space in those classes.