Tyler County Board of Education Holds April Meeting
The Tyler County Board of Education met on April 16 for a regular meeting. In attendance was board members Linda Hoover, Katrina Byers, Dave Roberts, PJ Wells, Larry Thomas, and Director of Human Resources Tricia Feldmeier. Superintendent Robin Daquilante was absent from this meeting.
The first order of business handled was to continue the meeting from March 18 as required by law. Chief School Business Officer Jeff Davis sought the board for approval of the Regular and Special Levy Rates for the fiscal year 2020. He explained that the proposed levy order and rate sheet that had been approved by the board in March was sent to the State Tax Department. Davis told the board that nothing had changed from the proposed levy, and that this was a statutory meeting to set the levy rates.
The board approved of the rates with a motion made by Thomas, and seconded by Wells. The motion was carried. The continued meeting was then adjourned.
The regular meeting began shortly after this, starting with approval of the minutes from the April 1 regular meeting. Wells made a motion to approve, Byers seconded it, and the motion was carried.
Feldmeier gave the Superintendent’s Report. She told the board that the Tyler County 4-H and Farm Community Center Association had contacted Daquilante and informed her that they’d like a represenative from the board to sit on their council. Byers explained that this group is not affiliated with the 4-H as a group, but rather the facility itself. It was said that the association desires a board member on their council in order to aid with decisions regarding the facility, who can rent the grounds, how much the rent will be, and other various decisions like this. Roberts volunteered to be the represenative to this group.
Following this, the board reviewed the Monthly Attendance Report provided by Melinda Walton. Feldmeier reported that they had lost four students between the beginning of March and April.
Davis then informed the board that the Transportation Director Troy Smith was requesting that the following vehicles be declared surplus: Bus 2, Bus 12, Bus 14, Bus 26, and Bus 32. A motion was made by Wells to approve of this, and Roberts seconded it. The motion was carried.
Approval was also needed by Davis for the paving of the high school, middle school, and the board office. Davis reported that they had three bidders on the paving, and recommended choosing Kelly Paving. He also recommended that they approve the base bid which was $260,620, and the student lot bid. Davis also said that the lot would be striped as well. The paving was approved with a motion made by Roberts and seconded by Byers
Thomas questioned if there was going to be an area paved that would be designated for buses as the parking lot can get congested when there are sports games and other such events. Davis said that at this time there is no plan for that.
Davis then told the board that there were two bidders for painting at TCHS. He recommended Petticord & Son, and informed them that the base bid was $223,180. Davis explained that most of the work will be a spray job with many of the areas having not been painted in twenty-five years, and said that the middle and high school commons would be having the decking and ducts painted as well. Wells made a motion to approve of hiring Petticord & Son for painting, and Byers seconded the motion. The moion was carried.
Also in need of approval was the TCHS Girls Soccer Schedule for 2019-2020. Thomas made a motion to approve, Byers seconded it, and the motion was quickly carried.
In other business, the following trip requests needed the approval of the board: Rebecca Thomas to take the Fourth Grade class at SES to the Clay Center in Charleston on May 15, Sue Weekley and Jan McCaskey to take the Second Grade class at AIB to the Smart Center in Wheeling on May 2, Darlene Koerber to take the TCMS Eighth Grade class and six or seven chaperones to Kennywood amusement park on May 21, Suzette Miller for Madison Stollings to attend the WV State Social Studies Fair at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston on April 26, Suzette Miller for three students to attend the Golden Horseshoe Ceremony on May 3 at the State Capital in Charleston, Becky Barth to take the Third Grade class at AIB to the Tyler County Courthouse and the TCHS Science Department for a “Science Day”on May 17, Brenna Myer to take the Third Grade class at AIB to the Power Baseball Field in Charleston on May 13, TCMS Counselor Linda Duncan to take the TCMS Eighth Grade class to the MOVTI center on May 15, Debbie Miller to take the Fifth Grade class at AIB to the Planetarium at Marietta College in Marietta on May 14, Connie Stewart to take the FCCLA and the Knight Riders 4-H club to Pizza Hut and Valley Cinema 3 in New Martinsville on May 9, Scott Wall to take the Fourth Grade class at AIB to the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh on May 3, Krista DeVaughn to take the Fifth Grade class at SES to the Annual Progressive Agriculture Safety Day at the Tyler County Fairgrounds on May 15, Angela Watts to take the Fifth Grade class at SES to the Farm at Walnut Creek, Sugarcreek on May 14, and Susan Gilbert to take the TCHS seniors to tour the Tyler County Courthouse on May 2.
The following chaperones were requested for the aforementioned trips: Rebecca Thomas requested Judy Thoburn, Rebecca Thomas, Tammy Satterfield and Jackie Long; Sue Weekley and Jan McCaskey requested Stephanie Brown; Becky Barth requested Brenna Myer, Tisha Wall and Beth Andexler; Brenna Myer requested Becky Barth, Tisha Wall and Beth Andexler; Debbie Miller requested the Fifth Grade Teachers; Connie Stewart requested Haley Stewart; Scott Wall requested Cathy Boggs, Stephanie Landis, Steve Rogalski, and Amy Yost; and Angela Watts requested Mrs. Suter and two other resource staff members.
Bus transportation was also requested for twelve of these trips. All requests were granted approval after a motion was made by Wells. Thomas seconded the motion, and it was carried.
The board also reviewed the following requests: Colleen Rush for her two children to be released from Tyler County Schools to continue attending New Martinsville School for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year, Valerie and Von Ash for their son to be released from Tyler County Schools to continue attending Paden City Elementary School for the 2019-20 school year, Taylor Charkawi for her two children to be permitted to cross county lines to attend AIB for the 2019-20 school year, pending release from Wetzel County Schools, Ryan and Tammy Chambers for their child to be released from Tyler County Schools to continue attending Paden City High School for the 2019-20 school year, Scott Wall for his two children to be permitted to cross county lines to attend Tyler County Schools for the 2019-20 school year, pending release from Wetzel County Schools, and Pam Creighton to use the Sistersville Cafeteria for a Paint Party for staff on either May 10 or May 23. It was said that Pam has agreed to over-see the event, and that they will be completely responsible for clean-up.
Wells made a motion to approve of these requests. Roberts seconded it, and the motion was carried.
The following resignations were then reviewed: Tracy Summers as Social Studies Fair Coordinator and Advanced Placement Coordinator at TCMS/HS effective June 30, and Ben Thomas as Second Grade Teacher at SES, Girls Soccer Coach at TCHS, and Evening Event Coordinator at TCMS/HS also effective June 30. These resignations were approved with a motion made by Wells and seconded by Roberts. The motion was carried.
The board also reviewed the following employments: Matthew Bailey as Health and Physical Education Teacher at TCHS for the 2019-20 school year, pending certification, Maggie Fisher as Librarian/Media Specialist countywide for the 2019-20 school year, Michelle Hadley as Bus Operator for Bus and Route 46 for the 2019-20 school year, Matthew Peters as Physical Education Teacher at TCHS for the 2019-20 school year, Charlie Delauder – DBA Decks & More – as Clerk of the Works and the Summer Painter/Custodian Supervisor, effective immediately, and Trudy Pethel as Cafeteria Manager for the Summer Feeding Program for TCMS/HS.
These employments were approved with a motion made by Thomas, and seconded by Wells. The motion was carried.
Approval was then needed for personnel reductions and realignments for the 2019-2020 school year.
“The figures from the Office of School Finance at the West Virginia Department of Education show that Tyler County is currently funding 18.45 professional positions over formula, and 19.327 service personnel positions in excess of the school aid formula.” Feldmeier explained.
As such, reductions and realignments needed to be made. According to the figures received, the anticipated enrollment of students for the coming year doesn’t support three of the professional position of Kindergarten teacher at AIB. As such, the Kindergarten teacher with the least seniority is required to be displaced and put on preferred recall. This teacher was said to be Jessica Knox. Feldmeier explained that Knox does not have sufficient seniority to displace any less enior teacher in the school, and therefore will be displaced. The elimination of this position will be effective July 1.
The second position being eliminated for the aforementioned reason was the position of Third Grade teacher at AIB. However, Feldmeier said that no one will be displaced as one teacher currently occupying this role – Becky Barth – will be retiring.
Another position being eliminated is one Fourth Grade teacher position at AIB. However, no teacher will be displaced as one teacher who currently holds this title will be retiring.
One Pre-School teaching position at SES is also being eliminated for a lack of need. As a result, the teacher with the least seniority – Moriah Eness – is to be displaced. However, because she does have sufficient seniority, she transferred to Special Education at SES, therefore displacing the least senior teacher, which is Amanda Heasley. Heasley then “bumped” Samantha Crowe, who is a Title One teacher at AIB.
The next position eliminated was a Kindergarten teacher position at SES for the aforementioned reasons. A substitute teacher has been holding one of these positions, therefore she was placed back on the substitute teacher list.
One service personnel position being eliminated is an Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher (ECCAT). The least senior member – Shawna Cochran – was displaced and put on preferred recall.
There were also five transfers of professional service personnel by mutual consent.
Feldmeier then explained that the jobs left vacant by retirement go into what is called a Last Chance Pool, and that the two individuals who were displaced will be automatic bidders in this. She said that there are two open positions as of now, and as such the two educators displaced should be able to bid back in.
All reductions and realignments for the 2019-2020 school year were approved with a motion made by Wells. Roberts seconded it, and the motion was carried.
A motion was then made by Wells to authorize payment of the bills, and Thomas seconded it. The motion was carried.
Following this, Davis informed the board that the budget workshop meeting that was to be held on April 29 would be cancelled as he would be out of town at that time. Hoover also said that the board will be interviewing candidates for the Superintendent job during the following weeks.
Thomas then made a motion to enter into an Executive Session, and Wells seconded it. The motion was carried.
The Tyler County Board of Education will meet again on May 6 at 7 p.m.