Board Honors Students, Evaluates Superintendent
The Wetzel County Board of Education recognized several students at its regular meeting held Monday, March 20 at the Foundry Street board office.
Cassi Smith was recognized as a 2017 Pittsburgh Public Theatre Shakespeare Monoloque Champion, while Ryan Horn was also recognized for his theatre achievements.
The board also recognized Caleb Nice, the 2017 West Virginia Outstanding Class-A Wrestler. Nice was also the 2017 West Virginia Class AA/A State Champion in his weight class.
The board received some praise as well. New Martinsville School’s student council approached the board and thanked it for the new computers and tablets, as part of the school system’s 1:1 initiative, in which every student will have his or her own computer/tablet to work with for school assignments. The NMS student council presented a short video the board, which showed several different classes at NMS thanking the board for the computers.
During its meeting, the board also retired to executive session to discuss Superintendent Ed Toman’s evaluation. The board reconvened, and Board President Warren Grace said he had accepted evaluations from the other four board members. Grace said he would be formulating a consensus of the evaluations, and the results of the consensus would be made public at the next board meeting, along with “a statement as to how well Mr. Toman has been doing.”
In another matter, the board approved proposed levy rates, regular and excess, which was published in the legals/classifieds section of this, March 22, Wetzel Chronicle. Lancaster anticipated the rates would be finalized in April.
“We will see a reduction in revenue next year,” said Lancaster. “We’ve been talking about this for a while. Our assessed values dropped $315 million, almost $316 million dollars.”
Lancaster said the state aid will increase because of increase in values. However, the overall reduction in revenue would be around $3.7 million.
Lancaster expressed appreciation toward Wetzel County voters, as they have always supported the levy. He added that he would work on how the school system can manage the $3.7 million cut next year.
“We will do it, but we have to scale back on some of the projects we’ve been working on with the increase in Marcellus and Utica, and tax revenue.”
Also at its March 20 meeting, the board held the second public hearing for the 2017-2018 school calendar. The board is expected to vote on the proposed calendar at its next meeting.