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New employees are introduced to board

By Staff | Sep 10, 2014

Tyler County Director of Human Resources Duane Dober introduced the newest employees of Tyler County Schools on Aug. 18.

Joining the staff at Tyler Consolidated are Brenna Haggerty as a teacher and coach, Jason Roberts also as a teacher and coach, Jennifer Stevens as a teacher, and and Melissa Snyder as Bus Operator.

Under staff reports: Amanda Kimble, director of support services and safety for Tyler Consolidated Schools, presented the board with a chart breakdown of the ACT scores and achievements of students from the Tyler County School District. She explained the ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of education development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework.

According to Kimble, 62 students from Tyler Consolidated were tested in 2014 and 26 qualified for the state promise scholarship. Tyler Consolidated students also ranked higher than the state average in all ares tested. She said Tyler Consolidated tries to prepare students for the exam by offering them the courses which will help them achieve the highest scores. Typically, students who take three years of mathematics will test higher than those who take fewer than three. In addition, those who take more advanced mathematics courses substantially increase their ACT math score. The same holds true in science courses. She also explained how Tyler Consolidated works with students to engage them in early college and career awareness and help them to set high aspirations, to ensure they plan a rigorous high school coursework program.

Kimble also presented the board with the Advanced Placement exam results for Tyler Consolidated students. AP examinations taken by students at Tyler Consolidated High School consisted of Studio Art 2D, Studio Art 3D, Psychology, US History, Calculus AB, Statistics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. A total of 16 students participated in the Advanced Placement exams and the total number of exams taken was 28. Exams were graded on a scale of five being equivalent to an A and four equal to an A-, B+, and B in college. AP exam grades of three are equivalent to grades of B-, C+, and C in college. Tyler students performed very well in all areas of the AP testing.

Kimble said Tyler County Schools has launched a new, free mobile app. This provides a convenient way for parents and the school district to connect and access all the information they need. Parents can customize the app, so they receive news and information from their children’s schools. They can now receive notifications on school closings, lunch menus, and even pay for school meals. More information will be sent home on how to connect to the site on phones.

The board approved the athletic schedule for the Tyler Consolidated Middle School boys’ basketball team for 2014-15.

Trip requests:

Stefanie Suter, Tyler Consolidated High School head cheer coach, was approved for the cheerleaders to attend the following competitions for the 2014-15 school year. Queen of the Hill cheer tournament at George Washington High School on Oct. 25, WVSSAC Region 1 tournament at Parkersburg High School on Nov. 8; LKC Cheer tournament at Williamstown High School on Nov. 20, and the OVAC Cheer tournament at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling on Feb. 7, 2015, with buses for transportation.

Matthew Jennings, AIB Music Specialist, was approved to take the fourth and fifth grade choir to attend a dress rehearsal at Tyler Consolidated High School for the Tyler County All County Choir Concert on March 18, 2015, with bus for transportation.

Brian Bailey, Sistersville Elementary School music specialist, was approved for the SES choir to perform at the Farmers’ Market at Witschey’s on Sept. 6.

Other requests:

Marjorie Wilcox approved for her son, Jason Wilcox, to be released from Tyler County Schools for the 2014-15 school year, pending approval from Wetzel County Board of Education.

Kenny Livingston approved for his children, Alexis and Kenzie Livingston, to be released from Tyler County Schools for the 2014-15 school year, pending approval from Frontier Local Schools in Ohio.

Cathy Hinkle approval for her son, Matthew Lohr, to cross county lines to attend Tyler County Schools for the 2014-15 school year, pending approval from Wetzel County Board of Education.

Pamela Tarnecki approved to use the SES gymnasium and cafeteria two days per month from September through May in order to hold Girl Scout and Brownie meetings.

Luke Reynolds, TCHS head cross country coach, approved for the following board employees to be drivers for the cross country teams: Luke Reynolds, Brenna Haggerty, Jami Nelson, Tomela Paden, and Linda Dennis.

Matthew Jennings, AIB music specialist, approved for the following individuals to serve as chaperones for the Bobcat Choir trips: Daphne Nash, Kelly Cecil, Tamora Conrad, Brian Ebert, Amanda Ebert, Kelly Fletcher, Tammy Shepherd, Maggie Shepherd, Toni Vancamp, and Samantha Lemasters.

Denise Neff approved for her children, Amber, Aubrey, and Isaac Neff, be released from Tyler County Schools for the 2014-15 school, pending approval from Wetzel County Board of Education.

Doug Long approved to use the softball field for skill building practices with dates to be determined.

Tomela Knisely approved for her son, Julian Lashbrook, be permitted to cross county to attend Tyler County Schools for the 2014-15 school year, pending approval from the Wetzel County Board of Education.

Personnel:

Resignations: Alexandra Dieringer, speech language pathologist, AIB Elementary School, effective Sept. 8.

Employments or Transfers: Transfer Kenny Paden, bus operator, from Bus Route #9 to Bus Route #24, effective Sept. 3.

Employ Alisha Craven, substitute aide, Temporary Aide III and Transportation Aide to fill a vacant temporary position resulting from an approved leave of absence per 18-A-4-15 retroactive to Aug. 14.

Employ Cathy Boggs, as assistant girls’ basketball coach, Tyler Consolidated High School, effective immediately.

Employ Jacob Myer, as assistant girls, basketball coach, Tyler Consolidated Middle School, effective immediately.

Employ Jessie Masters, mentor teacher, at Tyler Consolidated High School to mentor one special education teacher at TCHS.

Employ Terry Smith, substitute bus operator, countywide, effective Sept. 4.

Employ Michelle Hadley, substitute bus operator, countywide, effective Sept. 4.

All were approved by the board.

The board also approved the minutes of the Aug. 18, regular meeting and allowed and authorized the payment off bills.