Wetzel Board Approves Superintendent Recommendations
The Wetzel County Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, February 10, 2020, at the County Office in New Martinsville. The meeting began with the Pledge of Allegiance led by New Martinsville Boy Scout Owen Coulter of troop 128.
The Superintendents report was presented by Assistant Superintendent of schools Darren Cook, in the absence of Superintendent Ed Toman who was present via phone. Cook reported they would be monitoring for high water in case they need to have school closures. He also spoke about the recent snow day and explained the snow packs needed to be filled out to avoid being counted absent and to get credit for the grade.
Board member Brian Price brought to the Boards attention some questions concerning the snow pack and said there was concern from some parents and some misunderstandings. He said he believed there needed to be some clarification on the matter. After a short discussion it was relayed that the requirement to fill out the snow packs was proper.
No delegations were present to speak. A motion by Price and seconded by Jay Yeager who was present by phone, was unanimously approved to accept the minutes of the January 27, 2020 regular meeting. Board Member Amy Cooley was absent from the meeting.
The following Superintnedent recommendations were unanimously approved:
Under Personnel Matters: Joe Flesher, retirement from evening custodian at Magnolia high school, effective June 30, 2020. Susan Flesher, retirement from position as second Grade teacher at Paden City Elementary, effective June 30, 2020.
Resignations: Michael J. Herrick from position as Boys’ track coach at Short Line School, effective January 24, 2020. John Shephard from position as Welding Instructor at WCTEC, effective March 32, 2020.
Service Personnel approvals: Kimberly J. Bates, employment as countywide substitute cook, effective February 11, 2020. Morgan M. Bates employment as countywide substitute Supervisory teacher aide, effective February 11, 2020. Lucinda Frierson, employment as countywide substitute supervisory teacher aide, effective February 11, 2020. William L.Gainer, change in assignment from daytime custodian at Valley High School, 683/C, 228-day contract, to painter/custodian at New Martinsville School, 683/C. 261-day contract, effective February 11, 2020. Kimberly Leek, employment as countywide substitute cook, effective February 11, 2020. Raye Ann Lloyd, employment as countywide substitute cook, effective February 11,2020.
Chandra Mecrkle, employment as countywide substitute cook, effective February 11, 2020. Donna Shank, employment as countywide cook, effective February 11, 2020. Jason T. West, for change in assignment from bus operator, bus number 18-2, Huff/Schupbach/American Ridges, to Temporary bus operator, bus number 15-6, downtown New Martinsville, effective February 11, 2020.
Extracurricular: Georgeann A. Bartrug, employment as head baseball coach at Valley high school, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 WVSSAC season. Dianna L. Briggs, employment as extra duty cook 11 position at Long Drain School, effective February 11, 2020. Jill C. Householder, employment as 7/8 boys’ track coach at Paden City high school, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 WVSSAC season. Candace O, Landers, employment asextra duty cook 11 position at Paden City Elementary, effective February 11, 2020. Kelly J. Lloyd, employment as boys’ track coach at Short Line school, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 WVSSAC season. Sharon A Scyoc, employment as extra duty cook 11 position at Short Line school, effective February 11, 2020. Cee J. Wykert, employment as extra duty cook 11 position at New Martinsville school, effective February 11, 2020.
Routine Matters: Request to attend Wetzel County Schools: Nichole Utt for her child, Abby Utt, to continue attending Wetzel County schools (Paden City Elementary) for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
Out of State Trips: Request from Tmmy Chambers for Denise Minger and Shery Stanly to take Pre-K and Kindergarten students from Paden City Elementary on a field trip to Stacy Farms in Marietta, Ohio on May 26, 2020. Funded through student fees.
Request from Denise Greene for Katie Smith and Mady Ice to take the second grade students from Short Line School on a field trip to Stacy Farms in Marietta, Ohio on May 26, 2020. Funded through student fees.
Request for Ben McPherson, Edward Davis, Josh Weekley, and James Froelich to attend Brainstorm K12 Educational Technololgy Conference in Sandusky, Ohio on May 3-5, 2020. Funded through previously budgeted funds.
Chaperones/Volunteers:Request from the school principal for the following Chaperones/Volunreers for the 2019-2020 school year. Long Drain School: Jeremy Hess.
Request to use school Facilities: Request from Carol S. Haught, Clerk of the Wetzel County Commission, to use the following facilities for the 2020 Primary Election: Hundred High School; Short Line School; Valley High School; Board of Education Office; Paden City Elementary; New Martinsville School; Wetzel County Technical Education Center (WCTEC).
Short Line School Sanitation Plant Project: In other matters the Board unanimously approved the replacement of the sanatation plant at Short Line School at a cost of $399,985.00. It was noted there were four bidders on the project and Litman Excavating of New Martinsville was awarded the contract as the lowest bidder.
Job Shadowing Program: Request from Tammy Wells and Kathi Schmalz for additional students emrolled in the job shadowing program. The additional placements include the field of Veterinary, Hotel Management and Hospitality, and Restaurant Management.
The Board also approved the Treasuers Report for the month of January, 2020 and gave approval fopr Transfers and Increases in the budget:
In other business the Board held the first reading of new and revised Wetzel County Policies: Approval of the first reading of New Wetzel County Policy DJE, Purchasing Card Policy, Revised Wetzel County Policy; GCPA-R, Reduction in Force, Revised Wetzel County Policy; JEPC, Nonresidents Students; and Revised Wetzel County Policy JC, School District Attendance Area and Students Transfers: Approval was given unanimously.
Brian Jones updated the board on Valley High School saying there was good new concerning the construction of the new fieldhouse. He said they were working with the winning bidder and believe the it will now be a metal building on a concrete foundation elevated four foot high off the ground. He believes the contractor will be able to complete the project in time for the season and following a change order should be able to start work right away.