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BOE Honors Scouts, Approves Matters

By Staff | Nov 29, 2017

Photo by Lauren Matthews Local scouts were honored at the Nov. 20 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education. From left to right are Andrew Yeager (Troop 149), Alex Yeager (Pack 128), Victorino Valentin (Pack 128). Back row are Sammy Tate (Pack 128), Wyatt Huffman, (Pack 102), and Connie Yeager (Cubmaster, Pack 128).

The Wetzel County Board of Education approved several matters at its Nov. 20 meeting.

The meeting began with the board recognizing local members of New Martinsville’s Boy Scout troops.

Leader Connie Yeager remarked highly in regard to several of the scouts. She noted that the youth had participated in New Martinsville School’s Veterans Day program, learning the flag ceremony within 30 minutes of the program.

“I was very proud of them,” she said of the boys.

In other board matters, members discussed a possible Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) American College Testing (ACT) Preparation and Incentive Plan. The board plans to discuss this matter further at its first December meeting.

Also, at the Nov. 20 meeting, the board recognized Nov. 13-27 as American Education Week. Board president Warren Grace read a proclamation, recognizing the 96th annual observance. The board further agreed to dismiss school staff at 12:30 on Friday, Dec. 22.

Through his report to the board, Superintendent Ed Toman spoke briefly on the 2018 JASON Argonaut program, naming several trip locations. He said students Aubrey Neff and Haley Feldmeier, along with teacher Leslie Lively, had spoken at several of the area schools regarding their Amazon rainforest experience. Toman said teachers Sharon Snider and Brittany Mason, along with student Travis McCoy, would be participating in speaking engagements in Spring 2018.

Toman informed the board of the possibility of having Dr. Eleanor Smalley, of JASON Learning, visit Wetzel County Schools. Smalley would evaluate the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs in the county’s schools and then give a review of the programs, along with discussion of future opportunities. Toman said this review would carry a price tag of around $10,000. The superintendent also discussed the possibility of one day having a visit from Dr. Robert Ballard, who discovered the ruins of the Titanic.

Besides these possibilities, Toman wish the board a “Happy Thanksgiving.”

Board President Warren Grace and Vice President Bill Jones agreed with the superintendent’s sentiments, noting the school system has “a lot to be thankful for.”

Jones remarked that the Hundred Executive Boosters group – an organization that supports athletics and academics – recently held a pie auction, raising $4,000. Jones remarked that the event was “well done,” and “put together right.”

Other board matters, approved, are as follows:

Personnel Matters:

Heather R. Norton, approval for change in assignment from countywide substitute teacher to MI/LD/BD with Autism teacher at Short Line School, effective Nov. 21. (Alternative certification)

Christie L. Dudley, approval for change in classification from Cook II, 676/B, at Paden City Elementary, to Cook III, 677/C, at PCE, effective Dec. 6.

Serena A. Huggins, approval for change in assignment from supervisory teacher aide at Hundred High School to supervisory teacher aide/special education/Autism mentor at Magnolia High School, effective Nov. 27.

Christena L. Shaw, approval for change in classification from Cook II, 676/B, at New Martinsville School, to Cook III, 677/C, at NMS, effective Dec. 6.

Jeremy D. Joy, approval for employment as middle school athletic director at Paden City High School, effective Nov. 10.

Michael T. Owens, approval for employment as head varsity wrestling coach at PCHS, effective the beginning of the 2017-2018 WVSSAC season.

Michael T. Shreves, approval for employment as assistant varsity wrestling coach at PCHS, effective the beginning of the 2017-2018 WVSSAC season.

Routine Matters:

Approval of request from Jan Emch and Michael Harwick for the MHS 10th grade science teachers to take their students to the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, Pa. on February 22, 2018. Funded through student fees.

Approval of request from Stacy Barcus and Holly Cain to take the ninth grade Advanced Academics English students and the Honors English 12 students from MHS on a field trip to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14. Funded through student fees and fundraisers. (Received prior board approval).

Approval of request for Mary Young, Michelle Weekly, Joshua Weekley, James Froehlich, Edward Davis, and Benjamin McPherson to attend the Future of Education Technology Conference on January 23-26, 2018 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Funded through technology funds.