Reduction In Force recommendations were relatively small in Tyler County Schools for the 2014-15 school year.
The Board of Education approved the net elimination of two professional and one service positions during their meeting Monday night. The professional positions eliminated were one Kindergarten teacher at Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School, one first grade teacher at AIB, and one fourth grade teacher at AIB, all for a lack of need.
However, one fifth grade teacher was added at AIB.
Personnel Director Duane Dober explained that the county is 9.77 professional positions over the state formula. He recommended two RIFs, Amber Tustin and Rob Schupbach, and one formal transfer, Stefanie Suter, from AIB first grade to fifth grade. The net reduction to the state aid for those changes is approximately $89,000.
Both Tustin and Schupbach were placed on the preferred recall list, effective July 1, 2014.
The service personnel position eliminated is for a special needs bus operator, for lack of need. Jacob Roberts, who has 12 years of seniority, was driving that route.
He will be transferred to a subsequent assignment and the least senior bus operator, Amanda Spencer with one year seniority, will be placed on the preferred recall list.
Those changes also require the least senior bus transportation aide, Cassie Long, to be recommended for transfer from her special needs bus route to AIB full time, and the elimination of her assigned transportation duties. Cindy Fulks, a more senior transportation aide on the bus route being recommended for elimination, will be recommended to serve as an aide in the position held now by Long.
The net reduction of state aid for the service personnel changes is approximately $27,000.
While the measures were approved by the board Monday, Board Member P.J. Wells voted against the RIFs, saying he hated to see anyone laid off. Board Member Larry Thomas was not present.
In other matters, under the policy reviews: Tyler County Policy;GAV Medication Administration and Tyler County Policy: EN Wellness were both approved.
Approval of requests: Approval was granted to Charles and Ashley Moore for their son Cole Moore to cross county lines in order to continue attending Tyler County Schools for the 2014-2015 school year, pending approval from Wetzel County Board of Education.
Tricia Feldmeier, AIB Principal, was granted permission for all PK students to travel to the Middlebourne Library once a month through May 2014, with transportation to be provided by the PK bus.
J.C. Kimble, TSA Advisor, was given permission to take approximately 50 TSA students to attend the Technology Students Association's spring conference at Cedar Lakes from March 27-29, with buses for transportation. He also requests Professional leave for himself and two chaperones, if necessary.
Ashley Moore, TCMS TSA advisor, was given permission to take approximately 11 students to attend the TSA spring conference at Cedar Lakes from March 27-29, using the same buses as the high school. She also requests professional leave for herself for these days.
Joyce Haggerty, National Junior Honor Society advisor, was granted permission to take members to Sistersville Center, a nursing home, on Feb. 23, with transportation provided by parents.
Amanda Kimble, director of support services, was given permission to take six students who are the Farm 2 School grant recipients to Morgantown, W.Va., on Feb 28, to attend the West Virginia small farm conference. Transportation to be provided by Amanda Kimble.
Personnel: Resignations; Stephanie Landis, resignation as Student Council Advisor at A.I. Boreman Elementary School approved effective May 30, 2014.
Employments or Transfers: Steven Blake, approved as Student Council advisor, Tyler Consolidated High School. effective Feb. 18; approval of mutual consents for transfer for schedule and route adjustments executed by Preston Ferrell, Mike Hickman, Cindy Fulks, and Andrea Wagner; also approval of mutual consent for schedule adjustment executed by Judi Hamrick for adjustments at both A.I. Boreman Elementary School and Sistersville Elementary School.
The next regular board meeting will be held March 4, 7:30 p.m. at the Tyler County Board Office located at Tyler Consolidated Middle/High School.