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BOE Set to Interview Four for New Superintendents

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Apr 2, 2021

The Wetzel County BOE held a regular scheduled meeting March 22, 2021 via You-Tube from the Board office.

President Brian Price called the meeting to order after member Amy Cooley led the Pledge of Allegiance and himself delivered the invocation. All members were present.

One item not listed on the agenda, but brought up at the meeting was the announcement of four candidates for Superintendent of Wetzel County Schools. The list includes Teresa Staniford Wetzel County Administrator Staff/Director of Curriculam and Instruction for Pre-K, and Tammy Wells, Director of Secondary and Vocational Education, along with Dr. Rhonda Combs (Brooke County), and Superintendent Jeff Woofter of Barbour County.

At a previous meeting last month the Wetzel County Board of Education voted 3-2 not to offer a contract to current Superintendent Ed Toman, whose contract expires on June 30. 2021. Board President Brian Price announced they would hold a special meeting on April 10, 2021, to conduct interviews with the above candidates.

At Mondays meeting, Elliott Kendle, Representative of the WCEA stated he would like to have the positive COVID-19 cases in the schools reported. He also spoke about upcoming reduction in force (RIF’s) and transfers in the county, he felt they should consider other personnel rather than the teachers instructing the students.

Roger Clegg, appeared before the board to ask them to reconsider Superintendent Ed Toman’s contract and put in place a Performance Improvement Plan to solve any issues. He said, no one knows what type of Superintendent the county will get moving forward, he informed the board they should attempt to resolve the issues with Mr. Toman.

Sharon Snyder, teacher from Short Line spoke about her concerns of the school calendar and certain dates that needed amended.

Assistant Superintendent Darren Cook recognized the 25-year club and presented certificates to William Steve Dakan, Leslie A. Lively, Teresa J. Loy, and Kimberly L. Underwood for their service.

The approval of the minutes for the Regular Meeting March 8, 2021, and Special Meeting March 16, 2021 were given unanimous approval. The personnel matters were all unanimously approved by the board.

Resignations: Travis Emch, resignation from position as head boys’ track coach at Magnolia High School, effective at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

Jessica Jones, acceptance of resignation from position as countywide substitute cook, effective March 15, 2021.

Extracurricular: Mary Baker, for employment as spring events coordinator at Magnolia High School, effective March 23, 2021.

Ron Brill, for employment as assistant softball coach – JV team at Magnolia High School, effective the beginning of the 2020-2021 WVSSAC season.

Routine matters were unanimously approved by the board.

Release requests from Wetzel County Schools for the 2021- 2022 school year, as submitted.

Approval for Superintendent Toman, to employ college students for the summer of 2021, effective June 14, 2021 through August 13, 2021. Students may only work for 2 years in this program.

The request from Tammy Wells and Kathi Schmalz for the students enrolled in the Senior Year Redesign program at Magnolia High School to participate in the job shadowing program to begin second semester. Placements will include the field of pipeline work, hospitality, and retail work.

The board voted down a motion made by President Price, and seconded by member Cooley, to change Monday, April 5, to an in person learning day. However, all members except for Price voted no on the motion. Price made another motion to ammend his original motion and leave the calendar as follows, Monday April 5, as NTID day, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, a day for Students/ Faculty Senate, Friday, May 28, 2021, 1/2 day (last instructional day for students) / Faculty Senate, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, Prep for closing – Wednesday, June 2, 2021, CD – June 3, 4, 7, 2021, OS Days of the revised school calendar for the 2020-2021 school year as recommended by the Superintendent was given unanimous approval.

Approval for Transfers and Increases in the Budget by the treasurers’ report were unanimously approved by the board.

The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission Policy Committee of the First Reading of Deleted Policies LC, LCA, LE, LEAA, LEB, and LJ, and Revised Policy LDA were given unanimous approval by the board, (in packets… also located for public review at www.wetzelcountyschools.com).

The West Virginia Support and Accountability: school performance; student outcomes; academics; student achievement was updated by Principal Tammy Wells. She said that all schools through the academic recovery plan, show students are raising their grades. Wells said she was happy to report that all Wetzel County athletes are eligible to participate in athletics because they are were 2.0 by the Governors mandate of March 19th.

Assistant Principal Cook said he would add more at the April 12, 2021 meeting on the RIF’s and transfers for Wetzel County Schools.

Date and time of next regular meeting is April 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.