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Board of Education holds regular meeting

By Staff | May 30, 2012

Tyler County Board of Education held their regularly scheduled meeting May 20 at the board office. All members were present. After the call to order, a moment of silence was observed before reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Approval of the minutes of the last meeting were approved by members.

Ralph Board, RESA V Executive Director, spoke to the board about the agency’s programs during the past school year and thanked the board for their support of the RESA V agency.

“I appreciate the support from all the counties, and all the hard work that you do,” said Board. “It’s been a real joy and a lot of fun working with RESA this past year.”

RESA (Regional Eduction Service Agencies) assist in providing technical assistance to low-performing schools and school systems; high quality, targeted staff development designed to enhance performance and progress of students; and developing and/or implementing other programs and services as directed by law or the State Board of Education.

Superintendent of Schools Robin Daquilante said that Board had been invaluable in working with the school system. “He’s been great,” she told the board, “and I appreciate it.”

Following Board’s presentation the board called an executive session to discuss “the discipline, suspension, or expulsion” of a student (as per WV School Law 6-9A-4 regarding student control). At the conclusion of the session the board voted unanimously to expel a student for a period of 365 days, with a review for re-admittance at the end of that time.

Superintendent Daquilante also announced the Summer Food Program would be open at the school during the summer break. Meals are free to all students and a nominal fee is charged to adults. The public is invited and the program is open to all.

Jeff Davis, Financial Manager and Treasurer of Tyler County Schools, spoke to the board concerning the 2012-2013 budget and its final approval.

Public library funding for the upcoming fiscal year was determined at $12,300 for the Sistersville Public Library and $7,000 for Tyler County Public Library in Middlebourne; county extension office funding was approved in the amount of $19,300, and the day rate pay for after school supervisors was elevated from $45 to $54.

The budget and revisions were approved by the board, with member Ralph “Doc” Boone offering the motion to accept.

Trip requests were also formally approved by the board, although verbal approval had already been given by the superintendent.

“I think the end of the year snuck up on us,” said Daquilante. “I got phone calls from teachers who had forgotten to schedule their trip requests, so I granted approval. These are trips the students take every year (to Farm Safety Day at the Tyler County fairgrounds).

Several other requests were also granted by the board concerning students who wish to cross county lines to attend school in Tyler County, as well permission for Joe Griffith, TCHS golf coach to hold a Junior Golf Camp at the Sistersville Country Club June 18-20; and Jeff Davis permission for the Middlebourne Youth League be allowed to use the TCHS baseball field from May 26-July 30 for Colt Baseball League.

Resignations were accepted from Charlene Galluzzo, head softball coach, effective immediately; Kayla Kinney, School Day Plus Coordinator, effective May 24; Kay Underwood, substitute custodian, effective immediately; and Dena Brant, Social Studies teacher TCHS, effective August 31.

Under employments/transfers, Preston Ferrell and Kenneth Lancaster were approved as bus operators for Middlebourne and Sistersville areas, respectively; and Gregg Goodfellow, Luke Reynolds, Ben Thomas, Jami Nelson, and Tisha Wall for the positions of summer radio coordinator, head cross country coach, extended school year autism teacher AIB and TCHS, and summer reading specialist, all effective immediately.

Other matters approved included rescission of the RIF of Jerry Zwick, who was reinstated to the position of supplemental math teacher, TCMS, effective immediately.

Payment of bills was authorized and approved and the meeting was adjourned. All members were present at the meeting.