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Tyler County BOE Appreciates Retirees

By Hannah Morris - Staff Writer | Jun 16, 2021

Superintendent Shane Highley and Board of Education Members. Front Row, left to right: Linda Duncan, Deborah Miller and Jill Wagner.

To kick off the June 7 meeting, the Tyler County Board of Education was presented with an idea for an NASP archery team by Beau Thomas, an incoming Freshman at Tyler Consolidated. Thomas mentioned that archery is safer than every ball sport, and a sport where everyone can participate. There are competitive teams in the area, but it is not yet considered an SSAC sport. The board discussed the idea and planned to have it on the agenda for the next meeting.

Superintendent Shane Highley then gave tokens of appreciation to staff members who have retired this year. “On behalf of the Board of Education, and all the students whose lives you guys have touched over the years, thank you.” He also thanked them for their loyalty, and said that you can’t replace the wisdom, experience, and dedication that they have given to Tyler County Schools.

Superintendent Highley couldn’t give away too much information about state testing, but he announced that grades third through fifth were double digit points above the state average, and the middle and high schools have some room to improve. Overall, Highley was pleased with the results.

With federal money coming in, the Board will have to present what they will be spending it on. There are non-discretionary funds that will be put towards finishing the HVAC project. They are also being encouraged to spend some of it on hiring more teachers, however, there is a lack of applicants for the middle and high schools.

The concept of Dinner Data Meetings was brought up, which will be offered for teachers on Wednesdays to collaborate and exchange ideas for classrooms. They also discussed summer school and other after school programs; survey results from parents requested math training for them as well as technology training.

Superintendent Highley mentioned that he received a call from the New Martinsville Walmart saying that they over-ordered Covid supplies. Hand sanitizing wipes and antibacterial soap were some of the items provided, and Highley thanked Walmart for their generosity. In total, about two pickup truck loads of supplies were picked up for use in the schools.

Some project updates include the middle and high school bleachers, which are almost entirely removed. The construction for the new bleachers is set to begin July 1. The lockers at Boreman Elementary are being taken out as well, with Sistersville Elementary next. As for the greenhouse, after a small mixup with the company, the Board plans on some of the maintenance crew to install the greenhouse; this will end up saving money in the end. The bus garage, dubbed the “Garage Mahal,” has a programmable wash system that leave the busses spotless, as well as a new lift system; Superintendent Highley described it as little mobile robots that pick the bus up.

The Sick and Personal Leave Incentive program had funds added, and the old Title IX policy was removed and re-written; both of these policy reviews were approved unanimously, as well as the athletic schedules for Boys and Girls Basketball, Lady Knights Soccer, Golf, and Volleyball for the 2021-22 school year.

When transferring schools over county lines, students are no longer required to request permission from the county they are leaving; the Board must accept them regardless of where they are coming from. It should also be noted that expulsions follow students when transferring. All student transfers, teacher resignations and employments were approved.

The next scheduled meeting will be held Monday, June 21.