Wetzel Board Passes Requests And Honors Students
The Wetzel County BOE met Monday, February 24, 2020 in regular session at the Board office in New Martinsville. The meeting was started with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mr. McPherson and Brian Price delivered the invocation. Superintendent Mr. Ed Toman started off the meeting by suggesting the need for getting our students the proper training for the jobs in the area, such as Gas and Oil, Chemical Plants and other industry. Toman then turned the meeting over to Mandy McPherson to explain more about other schools that have had great success with training of their students, by showing a slide presentation of Starbase Victory in Portsmouth City Schools, Virginia.
Mandy, along with Mr. McPherson and Mrs. Wells attended and toured the Victory Elementary School, January 28 and 29, to check out the program and the way it works.
It is made up of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students that attend four days a week, Monday-Thursday, with the students rotating instructors every two days for professional development. The program has worked well for the Victory Elementary school in developing their students professionally and the McPherson’s and Mrs. Wells are hoping to try and implement it in our schools.
Then Mr. Toman honored Logan Morris and Matthew Riley from Hundred High School, who recently spent time at the Capitol in Charleston as Honorary Secretary of States for their efforts in to register voters. Superintendent Toman spoke about rewarding the students in the county for Academic Achievement’s through scholarships for the top 10 percent of students with the highest GPA’s. Toman turned it over to their teacher Mrs. Wells that has recently been working on the program and to moving forward in getting it implemented.
Linda Fonner questioned the Board about the RIFT,(Reduction in Forces) program and her concerns of how the cuts were being made. The Board acknowledged Mrs. Fonner’s concerns.
Under Personal Matters;
Board accepted retirement of Sandra K. Hinerman from position as Mathematics Teacher at Magnolia High school. Effective June 20, 2020.
Board also accepted retirement of Brian S. Jones from position as Director of Ancillary Services, effective June 30, 2020.
Board approved Christa M. Nash for employment as countywide noncertified substitute teacher, effective February 25, 2020.
Service Personnel Approvals:
Sarah E. Johnson, approval for change in assignment from daytime Custodian at New Martinsville School, 682/B, 228-day contract, to afternoon Custodian at Valley High School, 682/B, 228-day contract, effective February 25, 2020. Stacey L. Evans, approval for employment as countywide substitute supervisory teacher aide, effective February 25, 2020. Lauren D. Fluharty, approval for employment as countywide substitute supervisory teacher aide, effective February 25, 2020. Madison B. Howell, employment as countywide substitute supervisory aide, effective February 25, 2020. Tammy L. Minor, employment as countywide substitute supervisory aide, February 25, 2020. Leslie A. Moser, employment as countywide substitute supervisory aide, February 25, 2020. Cody L. Post, employment as countywide substitute supervisory aide, February 25, 2020. Makleigh J. Young, employment as countywide substitute supervisory aide, February 25, 2020.
Unanimous Aprroval was given for the following:
Resignations:Kody Jenkins, position as Boy’s Track Coach at Valley High School, effective February 7, 2020.
Extracurricular:Jeremy Blain, as Assistant Softball Coach at Magnolia High School, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 WVSSAC Season. Non-Certified. William T. McDiffitt, employment as Assistant Softball Coach at Magnolia High School, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 WVSSAC Season. Non-Certified (not a county-funded position). Tanner M. Wright, employment as Boy’s Track Coach at Valley High School, effective beginning 2019-2020 WVSSAC Season.
Leave of Absence: Angela Beardmore for extension of her family medical leave of absence from her position as Pre-K Special Needs Teacher at New Martinsville School, which began January 3, 2020 through February 28, 2020, to extend through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Routine Matters:Nicole Utt for her child, Elizabeth Utt, to continue atending Wetzel County schools (Paden City Elementary) for the remainder of the 2019-2029 school year.
Ryan and Tammy Chamber for their child, Talan Chambers, to continue attending Wetzel County Schools (Paden City High School) for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. pending release from Tyler County Schools.
Out of State Trips: Kathi Schmalz for Mr. Harwick, Mr. Ross and Mr. Seckman to take the Magnolia High School Science National Honor Society and Anatomy students to the Mummies of the World Exhibition at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pa, on March 6, 2020. Funded through students fees.
Fay Pritchard for the first grade teachers to take the first grade students of New Martinsville school on a field trip to Stacy’s Strawberry farm in Marietta, Ohio, on May 19, 2020.
The Following other matters were unanimously approved by the Board.
Hundred High School Field House Addition: Construction project of the field house at Hundred High School at a cost of $178,500.00, by Lee Reager Builds, Inc. 1 Railroad St., Shinnston, WVa.
Chaperones/Volunteers: Magnolia High School for the 2019/2020 school year; Steven Napier, Brenda Napier, and Thomas Fonner.
The Second reading was held on New and Revised Wetzel County Policies: Unanimous approval was given with the exception of Policy GCPA-R reduction in force which will be reviewed at the next meeting, March 9.