Tyler BOE Holds Budget Workshop
By MADDISEN EIDEL
The Tyler County Board of Education held their regular meeting at Arthur I. Boreman Elementary School on May 6 at 7 p.m. In attendance was Superintendent Robin Daquilante and board members Linda Hoover, Katrina Byers, Dave Roberts, PJ Wells, and Larry Thomas.
The meeting began with Wells making a motion to approve of the April 16 regular meeting minutes. Thomas seconded this motion, and it was quickly carried.
Immediately following this, Chief School Business Officer Jeff Davis presented the preliminary budget during a Budget Workshop with the board members. Davis told the board that on May 20 there would be a public hearing of the budget the board will approve. Once these things pass, the budget will be sent to the state Board of Education for approval.
Davis shared the proposed revenue saying that 84.82 percent is local funds, and the rest is state revenue. He also explained that for the first time, Tyler County will not receive state aid.
The following are proposed changes to the budget that Davis presented to the board: a five percent pay raise across the board for all employees, the state pay raise, all student admission for all athletic games covered, 100 percent of bus bills covered by the board, all students kindergarten through grade 12 being able to have an Ipad to take home, SBA Roof project, painting and paving at Tyler Consolidated, and security camera upgrades.
Davis also said that teachers and principals had been asked what positions can be added to their schools that would be beneficial to both the students and teachers. The following positions were recommended: two Steam teachers – one in the elementary schools and one at Tyler Consolidated, an additional countywide school nurse, a countywide social worker, a countywide maintenance worker, an elementary art teacher, and it was also recommended that they make the assistant band directors at Tyler Consolidated a stipend position.
The entire preliminary budget was in need of approval. Wells made a motion to approve of it, Roberts seconded it, and the motion was carried.
In other business, Daquilante announced that she had recently attended a statewide Superintendent Meeting in order to go over the information gathered at the Education Forums held all over the state.
She explained that this report will be presented to the state Board of Education in the near future.
It was proposed that the special election might be held sometime in June.
Also discussed at this meeting was small county consolidation of services and additional rules for homeschool students.
Following this, the board reviewed instructional materials that were recommended by the K-12 Social Studies Committee that would be used from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2023. Kindergarten through seventh grade chose McGraw-Hill Impact Social Studies materials. For eighth grade, Clairmont Press: West Virginia and McGraw-Hill: World History was chosen.
The following were also recommened: Cengage- U.S. History for U.S. Studies and also for Contemporary Studies, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for Civics, Psychology, and Sociology, and McGraw-Hill for Geography and Economics. This did not need approval as it was on a two meet comment.
Approval was then needed for the TCHS Locker Replacement Bid. Davis said that the lockers on the high school side as well as in the high school locker rooms would all be replaced as they were all 25 years old and have been giving students issues. He also told the board that the lockers they would be replaced with would be bigger for the student’s benefit, although there would be less lockers.
The bid was from Davis Athletics for $162,000. This bid was approved with a motion from Wells that was seconded by Thomas. The motion was carried.
The following requests were then reviewed: Jill Lemasters to take the Kindergarten class at AIB to Boggs Pizza, Long Reach Credit Union, the Middlebourne Fire Department, and the TCHS Greenhouse on May 8, Scott Wall to take the First Grade class to the Stacy Family Farm on May 16, Matt Jennings to take the TCHS Jazz Band and Concert Band to an adjudicated event at Norwin High School in Pittsburgh and later to Kennywood Amusement Park on May 11, Matt Jennings to also take the TCHS Band to the Sistersville High School Alumni Parade on May 25 and the VFW Memorial Day Parade in Middlebourne on May 27, Seth Patterson to take the TCMS/HS FBLA Clubs to Fairmont on May 20 to participate in the state-sponsored Winners Circle, Seth Patterson to also take the TCMS/HS FBLA Clubs to San Antonia, Texas on June 27 to July 3 to particiapte in the nationally-sponsored Leadership Conference, Bryce Neggie to take the TCMS and TCHS Choirs to perform at the Sistersville and New Martinsville Genesis Health Care Centers on May 17 and 20, and Suzette Miller requested that five students be released and excused from school to attend the Young Writers Contest Award Ceremony on May 10 at the University of Charleston.
Regarding the aforementioned trips, six trips requested bus transportation. The following chaperone requests were also made for the trips listed above: Lemasters requested Jessica Knox, Shawna Cochran, Stephanie Higgins, Shawna Hamilton, Beth Rucker, and Sam Lemasters; Wall requested JoAnn Seckman, Melissa Smith, Logan Long, and Shanna Glover; Jennings requested Brian Bailey, Sally Conklin, and Maggie Fisher for both of his trips; Patterson requested Amy Yeater; and Miller requested Tina Myer. Another request made came from Patterson, who asked the board to contribute $500 per student for the trip to Texas.
All of these requests were approved with a motion made by Wells. The motion was seconded by Roberts, and the motion was carried.
The following requests were also reviewed: Corrie Stover for her three children to cross county lines to continue to attend Tyler County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year, Tim and Julie Cozard for their son to also cross county lines to continue attending Tyler County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year, Matt and Ashley Moore for their two children to cross county lines to attend Tyler County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year, Staci and Slade Buchanan for their daughter to cross county lines to attend TCHS for the 2019-2020 school year, Ashley Tennant for her two children to do the same for the 2019-2020 school year, Selena Hunter for her daughter also to cross county lines to attend Tyler County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year, and Sharon Thomas on behalf of the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce to use the grassy area on the Board Office grounds on May 7 for the Tyler County Law Enforcement K-9 demonstration.
Wells made a motion to approve of all requests, and Thomas seconded it. The motion was carried.
The last request reviewed by the board was made by Suzette Miller for Tammy Satterfield to complete Pierpont Culinary Academy Nutrition Practicum/Internship program during the Summer Feeding Program at TCMS/HS under the supervision of Amanda Kimble and Trudy Pethel. Roberts made a motion to approve of this request, Wells seconded it, and the motion was carried.
In other business, the board reviewed two resignations, both from Chad Gruber. Gruber resigned from his positions of Head Girls Track Coach and Assistant Girls Soccer Coach at TCHS. His resignation as Head Coach will be effective at the end of the 2019-2020 track season, and the other position is effective immediately. Gruber also resigned from his position as Social Studies Teacher at TCHS, effective at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. Thomas made a motion to approve of this, and Byers seconded it. The motion was carried.
The following employments and transfers were reviewed: employment of Russell Blatt, Melissa Gump, Martin Parrish, Jacob Roberts, Lisa George, Tim Patterson, Sarah Patterson, Jim Drain, and Steve Eastham as Summer Painters, effective July 1; emplyment of Bessie Billings, Brian Dennis, Jim Drain, Steve Eastham, Dylan Harter, Kennedy Patterson, Sarah Patterson, and Tim Patterson as Summer Custodians, effective June 3; Merritt Grimes as English Language Arts Teacher at TCHS; Tim Patterson as Bus Operator of Bus and Route #9; Samantha Crowe as Second Grade Teacher at AIB; Mariah Ennis as Second Grade Teacher at SES; JC Kimble as Head Boys Basketball Coach at TCMS; and Bonnie Richeson as Half Time Cook for Summer Foods.
Wells made a motion to approve of all employments. Thomas seconded it, and the motion was carried.
Following this, Wells made a motion to authorize the payment of the bills. Thomas seconded it, and the motion was carried.
A motion was then made by Thomas to go into an Executive Session for the purpose of discussing the hiring of the Superintendent. Roberts seconded it, and the motion was carried.
The Tyler County Board of Education will hold their next regular meeting on May 20 at 7 p.m. at Tyler Consolidated High School.