New RESA rep introduced
Tyler County Superintendent of Schools Robin Daquilante introduced the new Executive Director of RESA V, Ralph Board, at the most recent regular board of education meeting.
RESA (Regional Education Service Agencies) is a goal-oriented program that utilizes financial and human resources to establish cooperation between county school systems and other education-related agencies. RESA initiates and implements numerous programs of benefit to students, county schools and their respective communities.
West Virginia Board of Education Policy 3233 emphasizes six areas of services for RESAs to assist in implementing standards based accountability. These areas of service, with the first two areas constituting the most important responsibilities for the agencies, include:
Providing technical assistance to low-performing schools and school systems;
Providing high quality, targeted staff development designed to enhance the performance and progress of students;
Facilitating cooperation among the county boards in purchasing; sharing of specialized personnel, technology; curriculum development; and operation of specialized programs for exceptional children;
Installing, maintaining and/or repairing technology equipment and software with special attention to the state-level Basic Skills and SUCCESS programs;
Receiving and administering grants under the provisions of federal and/or state law;
Developing and/or implementing any other programs or services as directed by law or by the State Board.
Mr. Board, a former principal at Parkersburg High School, addressed the board after his introduction.
“My goal is to make RESA known,” he began. “People sometimes don’t know what RESA is all about. I want to change that.”
“The third word of RESA is ‘Service” and that’s what I want to do,” continued Board. “I want to serve the people of RESA V.”
RESA programs include the areas of adolescent health, adult education, environmental training, public service training, special education, and other services. RESA V serves Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Wirt, and Wood counties.
Daquilante and board members welcomed the new Executive Director and thanked him for attending the meeting.
“I want to commend you for being here and taking the time to make us award of what RESA has to offer,” Daquilante commented.
The next issue addressed by the board concerned a letter received by Rosalie Henry pertaining to Tyler County Schools performance on test results (Adequate Yearly Progress testing under the federal No Child Left Behind Act).
“These tests are much more rigorous than the standardized tests students used to take,” explained Daquilante. “Actually, not one county in the state met the standard for the AYP tests.”
“The testing standards took a big jump this year,” added board President Linda Hooper.”We were also required to a new graduation calculation.”
It was pointed out that there had been improvement and growth, although the school did not meet the AYP standard.
In other matters, board members voted to re-approve Tyler County Policy GAB, substitutes in areas of critical need and shortage.
Approval of trip requests included Melinda Walton, Tricia Feldmeier and Krista DeVaughn, all students to attend the Harvest Festival Oct. 7; and Harriet Gorby, AIB, fifth grade class to Blue and Gray Days (Civil War Re-enactment) Sept. 30 in St. Marys.
Personnel requests for professional leave were granted to staff members Darlene Koerber, Chad Snider, and Charlene Galluzzo for training purposes.
The board also accepted the resignation of Kathleen Zarb-Cousin as substitute cook, county-wide, effective immediately.
Minutes and authorization of payment of bills was approved by the board, at which time President Linda Hoover called the meeting into executive session in order to discuss personnel matters.
Those in attendance at the meeting included Robin Daquilante, Linda Hoover, and board members Larry Thomas, Ralph “Doc” Boone, Jimmy Wyatt, and Ken Hunt, as well as Ralph Board, RESA V. The next meeting of the Tyler County Board of Education will be held at 7 p.m, Oct. 3, at the board office.