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Despite Funding Change, Program Will Continue

By Staff | May 16, 2012

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money has not been made available for the 2012 Summer Food Program.

Therefore, Wetzel County Schools will sponsor a food service program this summer under the West Virginia Department of Education, USDA Summer Food Service Program for Children at the following schools, July 5-27. Hundred, Magnolia, and Valley High Schools will serve breakfast 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30-noon, Monday through Friday. Long Drain, New Martinsville, and Short Line Schools will serve breakfast 8-8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30-noon Mondays through Fridays.

These programs at each school are contingent upon adequate enrollments.

Also, during the May 7 Board of Education meeting, approval was made for Wetzel County Schools to participate in the Donated Foods Program, as well as the National School Lunch and Breakfast program for the 2012-2013 school year.

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In another matter, Mindy Mall was granted approval for two school buses and bus operators to transport approximately 125, 4-H youth during 4-H Camp this summer to and from the Lewis Wetzel Pool during the week of June 10-15. This is funded through 4-H leaders.

Approval was also granted to Lance and Diane Cain for two buses and bus operators to transport approximately 85 children on the evening of July 18 from the Wetzel County 4-H Campground to the Paden City Church of Christ and back to the 4-H Campground. This is funded through Camp Appalachia (Lance and Diane Cain).

Approval was granted from the description of Educational Needs Plan for the Improvement of Instruction Program (Step-7) for the 2012-2013 school year.

A request for approval was granted to Darla Stout, for her son, Austin Mitchell Stout, to be released from Wetzel County Schools (Valley High School) to continue attending Harrison County Schools for the upcoming school year. Also, approval was granted to Scott R. and Leticia D. Wall for their daughter, Braeden Reese Wall, to be released from Wetzel County Schools to continue attending Tyler County Schools for the upcoming school year.

Jill Householder was given permission for her daughter, Kaitlyn Householder, to attend Wetzel County Schools for the 2012-2013 school year, pending release from Tyler County Schools.

Several out of state trips also met the approval of the board at Monday night’s board meeting.

Donna Dennis was given approval to take the fifth grade class at Long Drain School to the Laurel Caverns and Fort Necessity, both of which are located near Uniontown, Pa. This trip will take place on May 21 and is funded through the fifth grade class.

Paul Huston, Jackie Jenkins, Richard Ochsenbein, Fay Pritchard, and Jay Salva were given permission to attend the Transitioning to the Common Core Conference in Columbus, Ohio, on May 3. This trip was funded through each School Professional Development fund that has a principal attending.

John Jennings was given permission to take the seventh grade students at Short Line School to the Carnegie Science Center and the Pittsburgh Zoo. This trip will take place on May 18 and is funded through student fees.

Jeanine K. Watson will be taking Hundred High School Travel Club students to Italy in the spring of 2013. This trip is also being made possible through various fundraisers and student fees.

Donald Taylor was given permission to take the Valley High School Band members to Sandusky, Ohio, June 4-6. This trip is funded through student fundraising efforts.

Donald Taylor will also be attending the 2012 National TSA Conference in Nashville on June 22-25. This is funded through student fundraising and business donations.

The following were approved as chaperones and/or volunteers for the 2011-2012 school year:

Long Drain School: Charlotte Cain, Jimmy Earley, Tiffany Garrison, Cassie Pierce, Amanda Postlethwait, James Postlethwait, Bonnie Rice, and Sarah Tedrow

Paden City Elementary School: Jeff White

Valley High School: Lynn Adams, April Dulaney, Christy Loy

Approval was also given regarding the affiliation agreement by and between the West Virginia University Board of Governors on behalf of West Virginia University School of Nursing, including the school’s joint nursing program at Glenville State College and the school’s joint nursing program at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, and the Wetzel County Board of Education in regards to the placement and supervision of the above college’s clinical students and student teachers. This agreement shall be effective for the period beginning March 2, 2012, through March 1, 2017, a five-year term.

Three 77 passenger international 2013 “IC” Corporation, Model CE, Type C Conventional school buses are also being purchased for the 2012-2013 school year. These buses are being purchased from Heritage Bus Sales, located in Cross Lanes, W.Va. The total cost for these buses amount to $287,259.18.

Discussion took place at Monday night’s meeting on a possible upgrading of the county’s high school stadiums, specifically Magnolia and Paden City High Schools. Bleachers will need to be removed, as well as concrete put into place underneath the bleachers. Two contractors have currently given estimates for the project.

The board’s approximate budget for the project is about $200,000, but resurfacing of Magnolia’s track will cause the amount to increase $30,000 to $40,000 above the estimated budget. Repair of the track cost $17,500 in 2008; resurfacing of the track will be more than $60,000.

The board also discussed matters pertaining to the training of employees in the WebIS data processing system and the possible job posting of a position in data processing.