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Board of Education convenes after devastating storm

By Staff | Jul 18, 2012

The Tyler County Board of Education held a re-scheduled meeting Monday evening, originally to be held Monday, July 9, but cancelled due to the statewide power outage resulting from the devastating storm on July 29.

President Linda Hoover called the meeting to order, which was opened with a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance. Minutes of the previous minutes were approved by board members and it was noted that all members were present.

In her opening remarks, Hoover told the board she had recently attended the WV School Board President’s Retreat at the Bridgeport Conference Center. Howard Super was speaker at the meeting.

“He was very informative, and a fine speaker,” said Hoover. “It was a very good experience.”

Superintendent Robin Daquilante presented the board with the upcoming schedule for their 2012-2013 meetings, which was unanimously accepted by the members. Daquilante also noted she had taken the required Superintendent’s bi-annual TB test and the results were negative.

“Superintendents are the only ones in the school system who are required to take the test,” said Daquliante, noting that at one point all teachers had to take the test as well.

The board voted to approve the WVDE recommended resolution to retain legal counsel for the upcoming year, if needed, and chose Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love as representatives. The firm has represented the board in previous years.

Under policy reviews, seventeen policies were approved by the board. These policies are unchanged from the previous year, explained Daquilante prior to the vote.

Trip requests were approved for Sheila Forrester to take two buses from the Tyler County 4-H camp grounds to Lewis Wetzel Pool in New Martinsville on July 19; and for Wayne Smith, TCHS band director, to take the marching band to football games at Doddridge County, Aug. 31, Magnolia, Sept. 7, Calhoun, Sept. 21, and Braxton County, Oct. 26; and to band contests and parades including Elkins Band Show, Sept. 8, Oil and Gas Festival Parade, Sept. 15, Ripley Band Show, Oct. 6, Middlebourne Parade, and Spencer, Oct. 13, Sistersville Halloween Parade, Oct. 31, Sistersville Christmas Parade, Dec. 7, and Middlebourne Christmas Parade, Dec. 15. The motion was made by Larry Thomas, seconded by Jimmy Wyatt, and the was unanimously approved by the board.

Several requests involving students gaining permission to attend Tyler County Schools, crossing county lines, were approved, as well as students in the county being released from attending schools in the county to cross county lines and attend school in other counties.

Under employments and transfers, Jesse Lenz was hired as Assistant Boy’s Soccer Coach, TCHS, pending CIB results and certification; Maggie Fisher, hired as Secondary English Teacher, TCHS, effective immediately; Angela Watts, hired as Fifth Grade Teacher, SES, effective immediately; and Stefanie Suter, Interventionist and Diagnostician, SES, effective immediately.

Authorization for payment of bills was approved by the board, with Jimmy Wyatt making a motion for payment, P.J. Wells seconding the motion.

Under requests for the upcoming agenda, Larry Thomas noted that the American flag flying at A.I. Boreman Elementary school was tattered and in disrepair. The board will undertake the matter and replace the flag.

Thomas also questioned the procedure concerning keys to the school property being used by non-reqular staff and personnel.

“Are these keys turned in once the seasonal personnel are no longer employed?” asked Thomas.

Thomas was told by Superintendent Daquilante the keys were not turned in, but were de-activated when the employee’s duties were completed, noting that seasonal personnel were also considered as staff personnel and were allowed to use the keys during the school year.

Thomas was of the opinion that such personnel should not have access throughout the year, but board member Jimmy Wyatt said, “That can present a problem, when a seasonal worker is coming to the school to use the facility, such as training in the weight room, and is denied access.”

“If you have an issue with an individual you believe is not behaving responsibly, you should take this matter up with the superintendent,” added Wyatt.

Superintendent Daquilante told Thomas that she was aware of the issue in question and would address the matter.

The next regular meeting of the board will be held Monday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the board office. Members in attendance at the meeting included board President Linda Hoover, members Jimmy Wyatt, Larry Thomas, Ken Hunt, P.J. Wells, and Robin Daquilante, Superintendent of Schools.