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Tyler bus mechanics rated top in state

By Staff | Mar 4, 2015

Tyler County Schools’ bus mechanics have the greatest improvement in the state at keeping their buses running safely.

The commendation, through a letter from the Director of the State Department of Transportation, was read by Superintendent Robin Daquilante at Monday’s meeting of the Tyler County Board of Education.

The maintenance department was also commended for keeping their buses the cleanest. They were named as the number one county role model for the state and were shown by inspection to be number one from primary defects on their buses. It was noted the maintenance department is now taking care of the Head Start buses and have made many needed repairs to get them running safely again.

The superintendent and the board thanked the maintenance department, including Transportation Director Troy Smith, for their hard work and dedication in keeping Tyler County’s equipment running properly and looking out for the safety of all the children riding the county buses.

Rosanne Eastham from the Middlebourne Public Library and Heather Weekley from the Sistersville Public Library both appeared before the board to thank them for their past support for the libraries. They both gave the board a rundown on their activities at the libraries and both said they are planning new activities.

Eastham said she is trying hard to get the middle school students involved with programs at the library, but so far she hasn’t had any show up. She would like to start a theatrical program for the middle school kids.

Weekley said the Sistersville library depends upon the financial support of the board and she said without it the library would cease to exist. She mentioned several projects going on at the library and said they depend upon the support to help pay wages. She also mentioned the library received a new roof this past year.

After hearing from the two library directors, the board thanked them for all they do to keep things working at the libraries.

Susan Boyles, Tyler County Schools’ executive director of curriculum, instruction, and professional development, gave a review of the school’s comprehensive counseling program and how it is applied to children from Pre-K through 12th grade. She said it sets standards that define the knowledge, skill, and dispositions that all students must demonstrate at each programmatic level.

She said it also sets objectives which are steps toward accomplishment of content standards. Objectives build across grade levels as students advance developmentally and in their knowledge of skills.

She said the program enhances opportunities for every student to achieve school success through academic, career, and personal and social developmental experiences, preparing all students to become globally responsible citizens.

The board unanimously approved the review and renewal of several Tyler County School Policies. Approval was also given for the Tyler Consolidated Middle School 2015 Track schedule.

Matthew Jennings, A.I. Boreman Elementary School Music Specialist, was approved for his students to attend the Tyler County All-County Choir dress rehearsal at Tyler Consolidated High School on March 18, with bus for transportation.

Janet Cline, TCHS Business Teacher, was approved to transport four juniors to WVUP on March 11 to attend the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored High School Business Symposium.

Jennings was approved for the after school choir to attend the West Virginia Music Educators Association’s Solo and Ensemble Honors Recital on March 12, with bus for transportation.

Melinda Walton’s request for Best Life Therapy to be approved for contracted services for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year was approved.

Charlene Galluzzo was approved for the Ohio River Valley Volleyball Officials Association to use the library, gymnasium, and computer lab at Sistersville Elementary School to train new officials for the 2013-16 season. The dates are April 2, 7, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, May 5, and 7.

Galluzzo was also approved for the Ohio River Valley Volleyball Officials Association to use the library, gymnasium, and computer lab at SES to hold required board meetings for WVSSAC officials for instruction and business associated with the Board. The dates are July 27; Aug. 10 and 24; Sept. 13, 20, and 27; and Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25.

The resignation of Chad Gruber, assistant boy’s basketball coach, TCMS, was approved effective March 1.

Lori Franks was approved for transfer to Biology, Human Anatomy and Physical Science Teacher at TCHS effective July 1.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Tyler County Board of Education will be held at TCHS March 16, 7 p.m.