Board Approves Changes
In an unusually brief meeting Nov. 17, the Wetzel County Board of Education approved several personnel changes and the second and final reading of two policy changes, which became effective immediately on approval.
One policy revision would award a $500 bonus to administrative and service personnel who announce their retirement on or before Feb. 1 of any calendar year, providing they complete the current school year.
The West Virginia Legislature last year set aside a fixed amount of money for that purpose for teaching personnel, to be paid on a first-come basis.
Assistant Superintendent Jay Yeager, who doubles as personnel director, said the legislature has now authorized those bonuses for administrative and service workers to be paid from locally-generated revenues.
A second policy change establishes 24 annual pay periods for all school board employees, removing an option of 12 such pay periods. Treasurer Jeff Lancaster said the policy change merely formalizes the 24-pay option that all employees have selected for several years.
Proposed changes to a clothing allowance policy, tabled at the board’s Nov. 3 meeting, remained on the table.
Elsewhere, the board approved the June 30, 2009, retirement of Sandra R. Greathouse as supervisory teacher aide at New Martinsville School. The board also okayed a contracted services position for Susan G. Grilli as mentor teacher in special education at the school.
In two changes at Long Drain School, Davette M. Petrucci’s immediate resignation was accepted as SAT Coordinator. William S. Dakan was approved as seventh grade boys’ basketball coach for the 2008-09 WVSSAC season.
Deborah L. Allen’s assignment for the 2009-10 school year was changed from sixth grade teacher at Paden City Elementary School to Kindergarten teacher, providing that position exists at that time and that she remains eligible for it.
At Paden City High School, the board approved Rebecca L. Meckley for a contracted services position as SAT Coordinator. Brittany T. McGinnis was employed as a countywide substitute teacher, effective Nov, 18.
The board also approved a request from Hundred High School senior Samantha Wade to attend morning classes for the remainder of the school year, providing that she meets graduation requirements. The request was endorsed by HHS Principal Sam Snyder.
On advice of the board’s legal counsel, it authorized the following organizations to raise funds in behalf of Magnolia High School: Soccer Parents, Athletic Boosters, Football Boosters, Cheer Parents, Big Blue Baseball Backers, Band Patrons, and Round Ballers.
A special meeting has been set for 6 p.m., Thursday, for expulsion hearings for two students. The final regular board meetings of the calendar year were scheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 at the board offices, 333 Foundry St., New Martinsville.