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Wetzel Board of Education Honors All-State Volleyball Players

By Staff | Dec 18, 2019

Wetzel County BOE Members present award to New Martinsville teacher. L-R Jay Yeager, Brian Price, Amy Cooley, Superintendent of WC Schools Ed Toman, Bill Jones, Board President Warren Grace present awards to Paden City volleyball players Mallory Yeater and Hope Weber and Magnolia’s Kyndra Pilant for being named first team All-State. Pilant was absent from the picture.

The Wetzel County Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, December 9, at 6 p.m. at the Board office on Foundry Street in New Martinsville. Following the opening Pledge of Allegiance, along with the Invocation, Superintendent of schools EdToman announced three members of the 2019 All-State Volleyball team.

Board Members led by President Warren Grace presented awards to first team selections Mallory Yeater and Hope Weber from Paden City who were present for the presentation. Magnolia’s first team selection to the team Kyndra Pilant was absent from the presentation.

New Martinsville Speech Therapy Teacher Candace McBee was recognized by the board of education on Monday for writing a grant to seek funds for communication boards for all Wetzel County elementary schools’ playgrounds. As a result of her work the Barth Trust Trust Awarded a grant for $7,977.76 on November 18, 2019 to Wetzel County Schools to make this dream a reality. Each of the county schools will receive one or more communication boards. At each school there are multiple playgrounds so multiple boards are needed.

Wetzel County Schools have many students that are nonverbal and /or are struggling to communicate. They use other means to communicate such as a PECS book (Picture Exchange Communication System), sign language of an ACC device (Augmentative and Alternate Communication).

A communication board is a unique, pernament free-standing structure that displays pictures that are accessible for a student to communicate their wants and needs. For example, if a child needed to go to the restroom, were hurt or just wanted to swing, there would be pictures on this board for the child to point towards to form a sentence stating “I need the bathroom” or “My knee hurts” or “I want to swing.”

Board members congratulated McBee and expressed their appreciation for her work on behalf of the local schools and students.

Also the Wetzel County Board of Education Members and Superintendent Ed Toman gave recognition to Paden City High School as the West Marching Band State Champions.

The Board also unanimously approved the following personnel matters: Several Resignations, Professional Personnel changes and employments, a change in Service Personnel, Extracurricular employments, and two leave of absense requests.

Under routine matters on the agenda the Board unanimously approved a request for use of facilities, and for Chaperones and Volunteers for Hundred High School and Short Line High School.

Early Dismissal was approved for four student at Magnolia High School to attend school on a half day basis for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year per provisions of State Board Policy and Wetzel County Policy IKF, and on the recommendation of the school principal. The students are in the Career Prep Course, as part of the Senior Redesign program, and will be placed in a paid intermship.

The Treasurer’s Report was given and unanimously approved by the board.

The board unanimously voted to enter into executive session to discus legal matters. Upon returning it was announced no action had been taken on the legal issues.

Under Board Member Committee Reports there was no discussion.

Other items discussed included Superintendent Toman’s presentation on Jason Argonaut Learning Expeditions. He also gave a report on recent teachers , board members and his own experience in spending a day shadowing a student. He explained it was a challenge to follow a student around all day an participate in all they do. Others also spoke briefly about their experience.

The next meeting of the board will be a special meeting/budget work session at the county office on December 19, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Meeting was adjourned on a unanimous vote of the board.

Wetzel Board of Education Honors All-State Volleyball Players

By Staff | Dec 18, 2019

Wetzel County BOE Members present award to New Martinsville teacher. L-R Jay Yeager, Brian Price, Amy Cooley, Superintendent of WC Schools Ed Toman, Bill Jones, Board President Warren Grace present awards to Paden City volleyball players Mallory Yeater and Hope Weber and Magnolia’s Kyndra Pilant for being named first team All-State. Pilant was absent from the picture.

The Wetzel County Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, December 9, at 6 p.m. at the Board office on Foundry Street in New Martinsville. Following the opening Pledge of Allegiance, along with the Invocation, Superintendent of schools EdToman announced three members of the 2019 All-State Volleyball team.

Board Members led by President Warren Grace presented awards to first team selections Mallory Yeater and Hope Weber from Paden City who were present for the presentation. Magnolia’s first team selection to the team Kyndra Pilant was absent from the presentation.

New Martinsville Speech Therapy Teacher Candace McBee was recognized by the board of education on Monday for writing a grant to seek funds for communication boards for all Wetzel County elementary schools’ playgrounds. As a result of her work the Barth Trust Trust Awarded a grant for $7,977.76 on November 18, 2019 to Wetzel County Schools to make this dream a reality. Each of the county schools will receive one or more communication boards. At each school there are multiple playgrounds so multiple boards are needed.

Wetzel County Schools have many students that are nonverbal and /or are struggling to communicate. They use other means to communicate such as a PECS book (Picture Exchange Communication System), sign language of an ACC device (Augmentative and Alternate Communication).

A communication board is a unique, pernament free-standing structure that displays pictures that are accessible for a student to communicate their wants and needs. For example, if a child needed to go to the restroom, were hurt or just wanted to swing, there would be pictures on this board for the child to point towards to form a sentence stating “I need the bathroom” or “My knee hurts” or “I want to swing.”

Board members congratulated McBee and expressed their appreciation for her work on behalf of the local schools and students.

Also the Wetzel County Board of Education Members and Superintendent Ed Toman gave recognition to Paden City High School as the West Marching Band State Champions.

The Board also unanimously approved the following personnel matters: Several Resignations, Professional Personnel changes and employments, a change in Service Personnel, Extracurricular employments, and two leave of absense requests.

Under routine matters on the agenda the Board unanimously approved a request for use of facilities, and for Chaperones and Volunteers for Hundred High School and Short Line High School.

Early Dismissal was approved for four student at Magnolia High School to attend school on a half day basis for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year per provisions of State Board Policy and Wetzel County Policy IKF, and on the recommendation of the school principal. The students are in the Career Prep Course, as part of the Senior Redesign program, and will be placed in a paid intermship.

The Treasurer’s Report was given and unanimously approved by the board.

The board unanimously voted to enter into executive session to discus legal matters. Upon returning it was announced no action had been taken on the legal issues.

Under Board Member Committee Reports there was no discussion.

Other items discussed included Superintendent Toman’s presentation on Jason Argonaut Learning Expeditions. He also gave a report on recent teachers , board members and his own experience in spending a day shadowing a student. He explained it was a challenge to follow a student around all day an participate in all they do. Others also spoke briefly about their experience.

The next meeting of the board will be a special meeting/budget work session at the county office on December 19, 2019, at 9 a.m.

Meeting was adjourned on a unanimous vote of the board.