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BOE asked to endorse competitive salaries

By Staff | Nov 12, 2014

Judi Hamrick, president of the Tyler County Education Association, addressed the Tyler County Board of Education and Superintendent Robin Daquilante at the Nov. 3 meeting to support a state request for competitive salaries.

She presented the board with a letter she asked them to sign and send to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin. Hamrick said she was there to talk to them about W.Va’s competitive pay campaign. She said the goal is to have competitive pay with the surrounding states.

“Last year you were one of 52 counties who signed on to the resolution which was sent to the Governor for his signature,” said Hamrick.

The governor then included it in his State of the State address and the legislature eventually passed language that included a $1,000 across the board pay increase for teachers and a two percent increase for service personnel. She said Senate Bill 341 also set increases for teachers pay.

It stated the minimum salary for beginning teachers in the year 2019 should be $43,000, this would be an increase of more than $11,000 from the current starting salary.

Hamrick went on to say it’s all about the future. “Fewer and fewer of our high achieving high school students are pursuing careers in education. Research shows that the reason they are pursuing other careers is because of long hours, hard work and low pay of educators,” said Hamrick. “We need to begin the process of reversing those trends and making education a more attractive profession.”

She said more and more school systems are faced with vacancies they can’t fill and especially a shortage of substitutes. Without significant changes in salaries, said Hamrick, those shortages are only going to become more acute.

“The goal of increases in pay can help with the shortages, but we need help in making the goal become a reality,” she said.

“We are here tonight to ask the board to sign and send a letter to Governor Tomblin, encouraging him to continue the progress and develop a plan in order to reach the salary goal that was passed during the last legislative session.” She said the local affiliates in each county are making similar presentations at board of education meetings throughout the month of November.

She thanked the board for their time and said if they would sign the letter, she would see that it gets to the Governor’s desk.

In other matters, the board approved several requests:

Trip Requests

Joe Griffith, Tyler Consolidated High School Biology Teacher, was approved to take a team of students to compete in the RESA Region V Annual Science Bowl on Dec. 3 at the RESA V Building in Parkersburg, W.Va. Transportation will be provided by Griffith.

Joe Semple, TCHS Art Teacher, was approved to take the Advanced Science Classes and Art Honor Society to Pittsburgh, Pa., on Dec. 10 to visit the Cathedral of Learning and Heinz Chapel, Carnegie Museums of Science and Art, and the Phipps Conservatory, with bus for transportation. Griffith and Brandy Glover-Frye will serve as chaperones.

Joe Semple, TCHS Art Teacher, was approved to take four National Art Society students to the West Virginia University School of Fine Arts on Nov. 14, to participate in a ‘cast iron pour’ and take a tour of the facilities. Transportation will be provided by Semple.

Wayne Smith, Tyler Consolidated Band Director, was approved to take middle and high school band students to the following events: Select students to Fairmont State University for All State Band auditions on Jan. 9, 2015; Wheeling Park High School for Region One Honor Band on Jan. 16, and 17, 2015, for select middle and high school students; West Liberty University for the West Virginia Northern Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest on Feb. 7, 2015.

Also, West Virginia All State Band for select high school students from March 12-14, 2015; John Marshall High School for the West Virginia Northern Regional Concert Band Festival on April 23, 2015; John Marshall High School for the West Virginia Northern Regional Concert Band Festival on April 24, 2015; high school band to Pittsburgh, Pa., for a Concert and Jazz Band Ratings Festival on May 16, 2015; high school band to Sistersville for the Alumni Parade on May 23, 2015.

Other requests:

Kimberly Wilson approved for her son, Spencer Billings, to be released from Tyler County Schools for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year in order to attend Wetzel County Schools.

Chad Deaton approved to use the field house behind the old Tyler County High School from November 2014 through March 2015 for wrestling practices.

Personnel:

Cathy Boggs resigned from assistant girl’s basketball coach, Tyler County High School, effective Nov. 4.

Elizabeth Al-Janaby was employed as Bus Operator, Bus Route #15, effective Nov. 4.

Cathy Boggs, was employed as head girl’s basketball coach, Tyler Consolidated High School, effective Nov. 4.

Robert Lasure, employed as substitute Bus Operator, countywide, pending completion of the state certification test scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 1.

Tracy Koontz, was employed as temporary cook 11 at Sistersville Elementary School, effective Nov. 4.

Tonya Wable was transferred from special education aide and autism mentor at A.I. Boreman Elementary School to special education aide for telespeech assistance, countywide, with initial placement at A.I. Boreman Elementary School.

The transfer will be deferred as provided in 18-A-5-8 (2) (b) (i). This transfer will be effective with the start of the 2015-16 school year.

The board approved the reading of the minutes from the Oct. 20 regular meeting and allowed and authorized the payment of bills.

The next regular meeting will be held Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., at the Tyler County Board of Education Office located on Dodd Street in Middlebourne.