Tyler County Superintendent of Schools Robin Daquilante and the Tyler Board of Education honored retiring board members Ken Hunt and Larry Thomas for their service to Tyler County Schools on June 16.
Also, Barbara Lynch appeared before the board to express her concerns over a safety issue when unloading children and parents from school buses in the back parking lot. She stated there is a need for a sidewalk for loading and unloading of students, chaperones, school personnel, and equipment. She said they have to get out of the buses onto the grass and most of the time it is muddy. Kids try and get out of the mud and it causes a safety issue as they go between vehicles. She asked if there was anything that the board could do. The board thanked her for bringing it to their attention and assured her they would work on getting the issue corrected.
Superintendent Daquilante reported she would like to see the board reinstate the employee sports pass. She said since the pass had been removed it has not made any difference financially to the county. A lot of teachers have other passes (SSAC) and it has had absolutely no effect one way or the other. She also said it is employee deserved. It was moved by the board to reinstate the pass.
Tyler County Superintendent of Schools Robin Daquilante is pictured presenting board members Ken Hunt and Larry Thomas with plaques recognizing them for their time, 20 and 15 years, respectively, dedicated to the betterment of the Tyler County School System.
Board member Jimmy Wyatt said he was in favor of the motion, but he didn't feel it was the board's responsibility to pass it. He said he felt that was the job of the principal and the athletic director. He said the board never took the privilege away in the first place. The board did approve the motion with all members voting in the affirmative.
The board also approved the 2014-2015 board meeting dates, with an amendment of Aug. 5, instead of Aug. 4,
Jeff Davis, treasurer for Tyler County Schools, presented the board with a request for Bus #25 and Bus #29 to be declared surplus. He also asked for approval of Security Life, the Student Accident Insurance Plan for 2014-2015. This is a voluntary insurance plan for families that don't have other coverage. The board approved both requests and also approved the year-end budget revisions and the committed fund balance.
Under policy reviews, Susan Boyles explained the Changes in Tyler County Policy 11, Grading System/Honor Roll, ID Class Ranking, GBE Weapons on School Property, and GBM Vehicle Usage. She said there were minor changes in the grading system/honor roll and class ranking and the latter two policies remained basically the same. One change mentioned was that senior students will be able to pick up college credit from WVNNC for $75 per course. These will be online courses which will be taken at school and count as credit as they enter college. These four policy changes were approved unanimously.
Also under policy review, there are five policy changes which require a two-week comment period. There will be changes to IC Graduation Requirements; IA Basic Instructional Programs; IAA Instructional/Accrued Instructional Time; IAD Experiential Learning; and IR Instructional Term/School Year. All of these policies were given to the board to look over for the next two weeks and told if they had any questions to get in touch with Boyles. They will be brought up for review at the next board meeting on July 7.
The athletic schedules for the following were also approved: Tyler Consolidated High School 2014-2015 Freshman Basketball; Tyler Consolidated High School 2014-2015 Wrestling; and Tyler Consolidated Middle School 2014 Volleyball.
Requests were approved for the following: Joe Griffith for Sistersville Cub Scout Pack 153 to use the practice field to shoot off model rockets to fulfill the requirements of the Model Rocket Activities Badge; Christie Curran for her children, Quinn Curran and Madison Curran, to be released from Tyler County Schools for the 2014-15 school year, in order to attend Doddridge County Schools, pending their approval; Michael Thomas for his son, Denton Thomas, to be released from Tyler County Schools for the 2014-15 school year in order to attend Wetzel County Schools, pending their approval; Michael Mullett for his son, Trevor Mullett, to be released from Tyler County Schools for the 2014-15 school year, in order to attend Wetzel County Schools, pending their approval; Brittany Billiter for her child, Peyton Kilburn, to be released from Tyler County Schools in order to attend Wetzel County Schools, pending their approval.
A trip request was approved for Wayne Smith, band director, to take the marching band to the following events, with buses for transportation: Doddridge, Calhoun, Buffalo, and Magnolia football games; Cabell Midland, Ripley, and Spencer band contests; and to the following parades; Paden City Labor Day, Sistersville Oil and Gas, Middlebourne Alumni, Sistersville Halloween, Sistersville Christmas, and Middlebourne Christmas.
Employments and transfers were approved as follows: Jennifer Stephens, as art teacher, Tyler Consolidated Middle and High Schools, effective July 1 Maggie Fisher, as yearbook advisor, Tyler Consolidated High School, effective July 1; Jake Roberts, bus operator, Bus Route #1, effective July 1; Jake White, bus operator, the Mid Ohio Valley Technical Institute morning run, effective July 1; Chad Gruber, as community service coordinator, Tyler Consolidated Middle School, effective July 1; Chan Gruber, as National Honor Society advisor, Tyler Consolidated Middle School, effective July 1; Abby Robinson, as yearbook advisor, Tyler Consolidated Middle School, effective July 1; Jeff Davis, as mentor for a Professional Accountant, effective July 1.
The board approved the minutes of the June 2 regular meeting and the June 9 special meeting. They also approved authorization for the payment of bills.
The next regular scheduled meeting will be July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tyler County Board of Education Office.