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Tyler BOE Approves Requests

By Hannah Morris - Staff Writer | Apr 14, 2021

The Tyler County Board of Education met for a regular meeting on Monday, April 5. After the minutes were approved, a discussion was held.

Cathy Post of the WV American Legion Auxillary asked council for permission to use the access road across from Boreman Elementary for a Gold Star Mothers memorial. The memorial will be on a small strip of land, about two to three acres. There are four memorials already located around the state, and Post said, “They are dedicated to all who call the mountain state their home and answered their country’s call and gave their life for our freedoms.” She added that the memorial will include 55 apple trees, one for each county; six oaks, one for each branch of service; and a granite bench in memory of the Gold Star Mothers, and other contributors to the project. There will also be a gazebo, three flag poles, and a couple of picnic benches. The apples will be available for use by the FFA and the memorial will serve as a place of teaching history to Boreman students. Council will vote on this discussion at the next meeting.

Superintendent Highley started his report with the Communities and School Grant. It is a three year federal grant worth $95,000 that allows schools to hire a site supervisor to ensure students are making it to school, and it has grown into a type of mentor program. Highley stated that the site supervisors go out into the community and try to create community partners for the students, such as tutors, and will serve as a support system for the students as well.

He also reported on the summer school program, saying this is the first year students will now have the option to take actual classes rather than just credit recovery; they will be hiring summer school teachers as well.

As for vaccines, Highley mentioned the 16 to 19 Pfizer vaccine clinic was held on Friday, April 9, and he is anticipating the next vaccine clinic will include the age group 12 to 15 and could be as early as this week. He went on to explain why the vaccines are being encouraged in schools: “Why they’re pushing this right now, these variants that are coming out of this coronavirus is affecting younger children more often than the original virus did, so they’re really making a push to get as far down as possible with the vaccinations to try to keep schools safe.” Board member Larry Thomas asked about colleges and universities requiring Covid vaccinations, and Highley answered that most aren’t requiring them but are highly reccomending them, however, private schools can require them.

Moving on to project updates, the new bus garage is close to being completed. Moving into the office areas will begin on May first. As for the baseball and softball fields, the stairs leading to the press boxes will need metal handrails installed. More projects include the radio room, which will soon have the equipment moved in, and the new bleacher project for both the middle and high school gyms, which will begin after the basketball season is over. In the high school gym, there will be stadium seats available for reservation.

Under the financial report, there was unanimous approval for parts from the old greenhouse and high tunnel to be declared as surplus. As for policy review, the policies hadn’t changed, and passed unanimously as well.

There were several trip requests up for approval which were approved unanimously. Those trips include: TCMS TASK Special Education students, including four former TASK students, to go to Cedar Point on June 1, 2021; TCHS Jazz Band to go to an event at the WV State Capitol on May 7, 2021; Tyler County 4-H members to go to Jackson’s Mill from June 17, 2021, to June 19, 2021; Amy Yeater’s fourth period transition math students to go to Galaxy on April 8, 2021, and the Junior Class Prom Club to go to Sistersville City Park on April 22 and 23, 2021. All other reuqests were also approved unanimously.

Many new employments, transfers, and rescissions were approved, many including Summer School positions. New employments include: Maggie Fisher as Computer Coordinator at TCMS; Kelly smith as Bus Operator/Custodian at the Bus Garage and Board Office and Maintenance Department; Bonnie Richardson as Half-time Cook II as SES; Angie Watts, Jan McCaskey, Brandy Jones, Logan Kehrer, Missy Smith, Kayla Morris, Jessica Knox, Carla Wells, Taylor Hess, Katie Moore, Jill LeMasters, Shawna Hamilton, LeeAnn Smith, Stefanie Suter and Kyle Ritz as Elementary Summer School Teachers; Megan Campbell as Elementary Summer School STEAM Teacher; Christina Ferrell as Summer School Elementary Special Education Teacher; Susan Gilbert and Teya Henthorn as Middle School Summer STEAM Teachers; Christy Wright as Middle School Summer School Math Teacher; Ed Underwood and Ashley Moore as Summer School Middle School Teachers; Kelly Myers as Summer School Middle School Science Teacher; Tomela Paden and Ashley Ramsden as Summer School Middle School Special Education Teacher; Jeff Wittmer as Summer School High School Math Teacher; Diana Stender as Summer School High School ELA Teacher; Jason Roberts as Summer School High School Social Studies Teacher; Jessie Masters as Summer School High School Special Education Teacher; Robert Jones III as Summer School High School Credit Recovery Teacher and Rebekah Barnes as Substitute Bus Driver. A transfer from elementary school counselor to Middle School counselor was also approved.

As for approval of recomendations for personnel, all those affected have been notified and met with, and were approved unanimously.

Wrapping up the meeting, the payment of the bills was met with unanimous approval, and the next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 PM.