BOE Honors Many
It was a night for honors at the Monday, May 1 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education. The board praised students and personnel, alike.
First, on the agenda, were the newest inductees to the board’s 25 Year Club – Phil Hulsey and Debbie Robinson.
Board President Warren Grace read a short biography for each of the teachers. He read that Hulsey attended Marietta College and graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Education. Hulsey also has a master’s degree in Education from Salem.
Hulsey began teaching as a substitute at Short Line School in Special Education before starting full-time in sixth grade math at Paden City Elementary. After moving back to Short Line, Hulsey has taught fifth and sixth grades, with years in second and fourth grades also.
Hulsey is assistant technology site coordinator, and has coordinated the social studies fair at Short Line. He has also helped create the sidewalk walking paths and picnic pads outside the school.
Debbie Robinson started her employment with Wetzel County Schools as a full-time substitute in the library at Short Line School. The following year, Robinson split her time between Short Line School and Long Drain School’s libraries.
In 1993, Robinson became a full-time special education aide at New Martinsville School, and in 1994, Robinson became an aide in kindergarten at NMS, where she spent the next 12 years. After the 12 years at NMS, Robinson accepted a job in middle school special education as a classroom aide. After one year in that position, Robinson took a job as an aide in pre-school at SLS, where she currently works.
In other recognition matters, Sadonna Kimble and Elliott Kendle, teachers at Paden City Elementary, spoke on the county’s social studies fair, which they advised. Kendle said the duo was “very impressed with the quality of all the projects.” He noted that 11 projects were sent to the regional fair, and six projects went to the state-level. He noted that three regional fair projects did place first, but didn’t move to the state level.
Of the six social studies fair that were sent to state, four placed – one placed first, while two projects placed second. One project received an honorable mention.
Of the impressive performance of social studies fair participants, Kendle noted, “This indicates that Wetzel County Schools are on the right track.”
Kendle said this was the second year that Kimble and himself had advised the social studies fair. “We have been working on items to improve the fair next week,” he said. Kendle said he would like to thank students, parents, and teachers for the work they did “to make the fair a success.” Kendle also noted that Administrator Tammy Wells had organized meetings for the fair.
Kendle and Kimble also showed the board members, and those in attendance at the meeting, a short video of the various projects created by Wetzel County students.
In another matter, Service Personnel Employee Johnny Haught was recognized by the board, and administrators, for being the Service Personnel Employee of the Year for Wetzel County Schools. Administrator Brian Jones noted that Haught came to the school system in a time of need.
“John runs our garage; he has changed the environment and culture out there,” Jones said. “It is just so different than what it was.”
Jones noted that as serving for the school’s transportation, Haught affects more kids on a daily basis than any other group in the school system. “he makes sure that all of our buses are functioning correctly, and he’s available 24/7,” Jones said, remarking on Haught’s value to the school system.
Board Member Mike Blair noted that he has known Haught for years, prior to his time at WCS. “Johnny, you’ve done a whale of a job in all aspects,” Blair said.
In other matters, Superintendent Ed Toman noted that he was providing each board member with a laminated “quick guide” to the “Open Meetings Act.” Also, he noted that he would be providing each board member with a copy of a calendar of events, which would include school activities, award ceremonies, and banquets.
Toman noted that he was one of 11 superintendents, through Wetzel County, on the new state superintendent’s advisory commitee. Toman said he would be meeting with the committee May 10, in Charleston.
Also, Toman announced that the school system would be implementing a new program – “Sources of Strength,” a new anti-bullying and suicide prevention campaign. Superintendent Toman said the staff training would be held on May 15. Toman advised that anyone from the community was invited to “see what we can improve.” Anyone interested in participating in the training, is urged to contact their local principal.
“That is just an awesome process and program,” he said. It was noted that the meetings, regarding the program, would take place May 15, with adults beginning at 8:30 a.m. and students beginning at 9 a.m. Toman noted that he has been to one of the preliminary meetings before and “You bond there that day.” He noted of students being bullied, “If kids are worried about how to get through the day, we can’t worry about Math, English, Reading and Science.”
Toman noted that he has an upcoming JASON Learning Argonaut conference call, which will include all the students and teachers attending the Amazon trip this summer.
Also, Toman noted that all of his student advisory groups met at the board office recently. Toman thanked Secretary Jo Beth Simmons for “going the extra mile and getting the pizza” for the group. He noted that the staff was introduced to the students, who got identification photos taken. He said some students even got to sit at his desk in his superintendent’s office.