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Wetzel BOE Adopt Universal Masks Mandate

All Wetzel County Schools Required to Wear Masks

By Rick Loy - Staff Writer | Oct 6, 2021

The Wetzel County Board of Education met for a regular meeting at the County Office on September 27, 2021, to discuss many items. All board members were present. Member Amy Cooley led in the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Board President Brian Price delivering the invocation before turning the meeting over to Superintendent Tammy Wells for her information.

Superintendent Wells said that the State Legislature, and the CDC ruled on all schools adopting universal masks wearing inside all schools by students, staff, and all school personnel no matter the DHHR Color map color. Mrs. Wells said it would limit the contract tracing currently taking place in our schools and all health officials agree.

Superintendent Wells said that Wetzel County Schools are offering an Administration Instruction Course that people can start signing up for October 1st through the 31st of October to help train for administrative positions as they arise.

The board approved unanimously the previous meeting minutes for the September 13, 2021, session.

The Superintendent recommended approving all Personnel Matters. The board by a unanimous vote approved all the personnel matters as follows.

Personnel Matters: Retirements: Anita Lemon, acceptance of retirement from position as Human Services/Family & Consumer Science Teacher at Paden City High School, effective the end of the 2021-2022 school year. Alexis J. Robinson, acceptance of retirement from position as Special Education Teacher at New Martinsville School, effective September 30, 2021.

Resignations: Jane Conley, acceptance of resignation from position as Assistant Volleyball Coach at Valley High School, effective September 13, 2021. Summer Hanson-Shafer, acceptance of resignation from position as Science Teacher at Short Line School, effective September 10, 2021. Kody Jenkins, acceptance of resignation from position as Assistant Girls’ Basketball Coach at Valley High School, effective immediately. William T. McDiffitt, acceptance of resignation from position as 8th grade Girls’ Basketball Coach at New Martinsville School, effective immediately. Kasey Sapp, acceptance of resignation from position as Girls’ Basketball Coach at Valley High School, effective immediately. Jason Stoneking, acceptance of resignation from position as 7 th grade Girls’ Basketball Coach at New Martinsville School, effective September 20, 2021.

Professional Personnel: Megan R. Martin, approval for employment as countywide substitute teacher, effective September 16, 2021. (non-certified) Service Personnel: Tammy S. Debolt, approval for employment as countywide substitute secretary, effective September 28, 2021. Brittany N. Haines, approval for change in assignment from countywide substitute cook to Cook II, 676/B, at New Martinsville School, effective September 16, 2021. Jessica C. Lemasters, approval for employment as countywide substitute secretary, effective September 28, 2021.

Extracurricular: Marlee E. Amos, approval for employment as Mentor-Tutoring Behavior Support Teacher at New Martinsville School, effective the 2021-22 school year. Holly M. Cain, approval for employment as Mentor Teacher – Science at Magnolia High School, effective the 2021-22 school year. Brigitte M. Gapen, approval for employment as Mentor Teacher – PE/Health at Long Drain School, effective the 2021-22 school year. Ashley L. Greene, approval for employment as Mentor Teacher – Art at Paden City Elementary, effective the 2021-22 school year. Anita M. Howell, approval for employment as Mentor Teacher – Language Arts at New Martinsville School, effective the 2021-22 school year. Alison R. Toman-Zwick, approval for employment as Mentor Teacher – Virtual Spanish at New Martinsville School, effective the 2021-22 school year. Diana J. Wheeler, approval for employment as Mentor Teacher – Kindergarten at Long Drain School, effective the 2021-22 school year. Mary A. Young, approval for employment as Mentor Teacher – Special Education at New Martinsville School, effective the 2021-22 school year.

Mutual Agreement/Transfer for the 2021-2022 School Year: Martha Mercer, assignment from 5-8 Special Education Teacher at New Martinsville School to K-8 Special Education at New Martinsville School, effective October 1, 2021, in accordance with WV Code 18A-4-7a(u).

Routine matters recommended for approval by Superintendent Wells was approved unanimous by the board as follows.

Routine Matters: Approval of request to be released from Wetzel County Schools for the 2021-2022 school year, as submitted.

Chaperones/Volunteers: Approval of request from the School Principal for the following Chaperones/Volunteers for the 2021-2022 school year. Short Line School: William Adams, Donna Adams, Linda Adams, James Anderson, Sharon Anderson, Valerie Ash, Aryean Baker, Penny Baker, Rebekah Barnes, Leanna Barnette, Grace Barr, Heather Barr, John Barr, Normal Barr, Sarah Bassett, Ashley Blake, Amanda Booher, Amelia Booher, Danny Booher, Heather Boston, Michelle Brewer, Carrie Brown, Darla Brown, Jeffrey Brown, Whitney Brown, Justin Bucher, Jeremiah Burch, Jessica Burch, Kayla Burch, Kimberly Campbell, Alyson Cochran, Angie Lee Coen, Becky Ann Coen, Debra Coen, Jade Cooper, Jaclyn Dallison, Samantha Dallison, Tomasina Dallison, Jacqueline D’Amico, Terri Dotson, Marah Dudgeon, Tammy Dulaney, Tabitha Dunch, Leah Dunlap, James Eastham, Mary Eastham, Alyssa Elder, Tonra Elder, Hanna Fluharty, Kyle Fluharty, Lauren Fluharty, Michael Fluharty, Tasha Fluharty, Erma Fox, Kim Gallagher, Amanda Greathouse, Sharon Gump, Crystal Guthrie, Roger Harrison, Sarah Harrison, Denise Haught, Misti Hawkins, Alex Hayes, Tommi Hayhurst, Amanda Hendershot, Bill Hendershot, Belinda Henderson, Kimberly Henderson, Olivia Henderson, Ruth Ann Henderson, Abigail Highley, Sarah Hornbeck, John Horner, Mary Ann Horner, Antonia Hupp, Cassie Hostuttler, Mandy Ice, Theresa Jones, Tiffany Kearns, Sierra Lemley, Charles Lemley, Maria Long, Jackie Loy, Ashley Martin, George Martin, Kelsie Martin, Yancy Martin, Myra Martin, Arisha Mason, Heather McDougal, Courtney McFadden, Earl McFadden, Brittany McGinnis, Kyra McGraw, Brandy Miller, Michael Miller, Amber Moore, Anna Moore, Danielle Moore, Gabrielle Mullins, Martika Murphy, Kayla Najeski, Zach Neff, Kaylee Nice, Cody Norris, Maranda Norris, Melanie Norris, Ashley Page, Robert Page, Roxana Partridge, Rebecca Pingley, Danielle Pittman, Jessica Pittman, Talesia Roberts, James Schilling, Cody Scott, Kayli Scott, Mary Jane Scyoc, Jenny Shannon, Thomas Shannon, Amanda Shimp, Jay Smallwood, Jonathan Smallwood,, Savanah Smallwood, Kristina Soles, Betsy Stackpole, Chad Stackpole, Jordan Stackpole, Krista Stackpole, Kristen Starkey-Bucher, Caylin Stephen, Alyssa Stickler, Mitchell Stoneking, Raquel Stoneking, Collette Streets, Laci Streets, Tammy Swiger, William Swiger, John Tedrow, Heath Tennant, Leslie Tennant, Logan Tennant, Tameka Thomas, Amanda Trader, Joyce Ueltschy, Jessica Underwood, Jason VanDyne, Tamara VanDyne, Taylor Wade, Tabitha Wallace, Amy Watson, Ashley Wells, Ashley White, Basil White, Melissa White, Tiana White, Jerry White, Jason Wichterman, Whitney Wichterman, Aaron Wilcox, Tarra Wilcox, Tabitha Willey, Sarah Willis, Kaila Wise, Alanna Wright, Candace Wright, Turner Wright, Joseph Wyatt, Tana Wyatt, Carolyn Yoho, Laura Yoho, Melissa Yoho, and Rick Yoho.

Out of State Trips: Approval of request from Kathi Schmalz, Principal, for John Smith and Scott Ash, Ag Teachers at Magnolia High School, to transport ten students to the 2021 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, on October 26-30, 2021. Funded through student fees and chapter funds.

Treasurer Jeff Lancaster’s report for Transfers and Increases in the Budget was unanimously approved by the board.

Mr. Lancaster said with the carry-over and available funds, that with the board’s approval, he was going to move forward on the PCES project of building a Gymnatorium, elevator, and new sprinkler system at the approximate cost of 3.4 million dollars. Lancaster said PCES is also in need of a new HVAC system with an estimate of 3.5 million. He said that Mr. Batton, Jamie Doty, and himself have been working with McKinnley Associates on the designs and they are pleased with the progress. The board approved moving forward with the project.

Advanced Placement into Kindergarten by originator Teresa Standiford, was given unanimous approval of Second Reading of the Deleted Policy, JECAA by the board. (In packets…also located for public review at www.wetzelcountyschools.com).

The board went into executive session to discuss a request from Superintendent Wells to post/hire two secretaries, one at WCTEC and the other for the Financial Department to assist Treasurer Lancaster on the extra workload being placed on him.

After the executive session, the board heard from Amanda McPherson and Lancaster on why the positions were needed, the board voted 4-1 to only post one position to cover both. Member Cooley was opposed.

Assistant Superintendent Darren Cook was asked by Teresa Standiford to hire another Roaming-Aide at NMS to help with the younger students because of the increased numbers. The board approved the request unanimously.

Todd Barcus said that MHS will hold a training on vaping at the school to deal with the problem. He also updated on the attendance numbers due to quarantined students.

Paul Huston reported that all Wetzel County High School students will be required to take semester exams in December but will have a choice to retake the test in January if they struggle with test. Instructors will help students where needed.

Date and time of next meeting, October 11, 2021 – Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m