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Plans Continue to Evolve For School Reentry

By Staff | Jul 29, 2020

The Tyler County Board of Education met on Monday, July 20 at the Tyler County Board Office. The meeting began with the approval of minutes from the previous meeting.

Superintendent Highley then addressed the Board regarding the new 2020-2021 school year and what it may look like. He discussed the virtual option saying some parents have been interested in this option, but his worry is that the students who start virtually will fail and be even more behind when they do return back to school.

“Virtual school, how it works, is you log in and you get access to the virtual classroom so you have to have good internet because that’s how they do everything. They have to be available for a tutor, things like tutor time,” explained Highley.

“They’re still our students. That’s the difference between homeschool and virtual school.”

Highley then reported it is costly for a student to be virtually schooled, around $2,200 per student that, as of now, the parent is responsible for paying.

The school would still provide the student with meals, according to Highley.

He also reported the schools will be going to a nine week grading period rather than the previous six weeks grading period.

As for Wi-Fi access points, Highley says there are many places that may be utilized including Galaxy, IGA, Dairy Queen, and Lakeside General Store.

Mrs. Feldmier, Director of Human Resources, reported it would not be the Tyler County Schools staff that would be teaching the virtual school. “This is the first time we’ve had it for little people, so that’s going to be very challenging” she said. According to Feldmier, it puts a tremendous amount of responsibility on the student.

Highley reported if you go online to WV Virtual School, you can get more information about the virtual schooling.

Highley then spoke about the new Robotics Team and the response has been great. “There’s all kinds of coding activities,” said Highley, noting it is a great opportunity for students hoping to get into engineering.

Highley also gave an update on the Stadium project, saying the turf is down and the scoreboard is expected to be delivered soon.

As for the new Bus Garage, he reported the road is complete and they are going to begin putting in the concrete floor. He reported they are hoping to be finished by Thanksgiving. However, they have until January to finish the project.

The Board then approved the Golf Schedule for 2020-2021.

The next items approved were the resignation of Emily Puffer as a substitute teacher, Cindy Hilvers as a substitute aide, and Heather Weekley as a substitute cook.

They then approved the employment of Denton Thomas as a substitute bus operator.

Following the approval of paying the bills, the meeting was adjourned.