The regular meeting of the Tyler County Board of Education was held Thursday at the board office in Tyler Consolidated High School. The meeting was called to order by board President Linda Hoover. All board members were present, with the exception of Jimmy Wyatt who was present via phone.
Under communications, Superintendent Robin Daquilante read a letter she received from Levi Stombock thanking the board and expressing his appreciation for the letter of condolence they sent to him on the death of his father, former Tyler County educator Ed Stombock.
He also commended the Tyler County school system on their academic excellence and thanked the board for having hired both of his parents into the Tyler County school system, stating he was indebted to them for that. He was grateful to have grown up in Tyler County and felt very fortunate to have received his diploma from Tyler Consolidated High School in 2002. He said that after almost 12 years, it still serves him well.
Superintendent Daquilante presented the board with a request to officially change Duane Dober's title from Personnel Director to Director of Human Resources. The request was approved.
The 2014 softball schedule for Tyler Consolidated High School was approved.
Under personnel requests: Susan Gilbert was granted permission to use three professional days and two sick days to go on a mission trip April 11-17. Lindsay Snider was granted maternity leave per Tyler County Policy GL, effective approximately March 17. Megan Campbell was granted maternity leave per Tyler County Policy GL, effective approximately Jan. 27. Gloria Lowther was granted a request for a leave of absence for medical reasons in compliance with Tyler County Policy GL, effective immediately.
Trip requests were approved for the following trips: Robert Jones to serve as chaperone and transport four students to Charleston for the 32nd annual West Virginia Youth and Government Seminar for eight grade students Feb. 3-5. Stefanie Suter, TCHS Cheer Coach, for the cheerleaders to compete in the 2014 OVAC Cheerleading Competition at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling on Feb. 1, with bus for transportation. Wayne Smith to take select members of the TCHS Band to the West Virginia State Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest at West Liberty University on Feb 8, with bus for transportation. Matt Jennings, AIB music specialist, to take the fourth and fifth grade choir students to Oglebay Lodge in Wheeling to perform for the West Virginia Society for general music at the WV Music Educators Association on March 22, with bus for transportation.
Approval was granted for Martha Yost's request that her daughter, Shyann Martinez, be released from Tyler County Schools for the remainder of the 2013-2014 school year in order to attend Wetzel County Schools, pending approval from Wetzel County Board of Education.
Under personnel: Approval was accepted for Brenda Starkey for retirement effective June 30, and for Kristen Wince's resignation effective Jan. 24.
Approval of employment and transfers was given to Lauren Kennedy, substitute teacher, county wide effective Jan 7; Elizabeth Dippold, substitute teacher, countywide, effective Jan. 7; Hannah Warner, substitute teacher, countywide, effective Jan 7; Casey Miner, substitute teacher, countywide, effective Jan 7; Vance Ash, assistant baseball coach, Tyler Consolidated High School, effective Jan 7, pending CIB results.
Approval was given to allow and authorize payment of bills.
Board Member Larry Thomas brought up a request for the next meeting agenda. He mentioned the need for repairs and lining of the parking lots. Superintendent Daquilante said they were looking into doing the needed work.
Daquilante spoke about the weather causing school to be closed already for seven days and as a result they have six OS days which are now gone. The seventh day will be used May 29, which is a curriculum development day.
"That means we can miss one more day and we have one more day to make up, then after that we are out of days," said Daquilante. "So as of right now the last day of school is May 29. Spring break is the first week in April and that week is protected because nobody is paid to be working that week, so no one will lose those days. They also have good Friday and Monday off for Easter and they can't lose those days either."
Discussion was held concerning legislation that was introduced in Charleston which would allow the governor to appoint local board members instead of them being elected. It was mentioned that the board and members of the public should call representatives to express concerns on this plan. The meeting was adjourned and the next regular meeting will be held on Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tyler County Board of Education Office located at TCHS.