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Wetzel Board Of Education Honors New 25-Year Club Inductees

May 29, 2019
By Telina Frye - Staff Writer , Wetzel Chronicle

The following "Twenty-Five Year Club Honorees" were honored at Monday night's meeting of the Wetzel County board of Education:Tammy Chambers, Paul Huston, Natalie Kitko, Cindy Kocher, Carolyn Palmer, Mark Roberts, Edward Toman and Mark Volin. BOE President Warren Grace stated he appreciates their loyalty to the school system.

The Board also recognized the 2019 Teacher of the Year: Justin Cochran. Superintendent Ed Toman pointed out Cochran is now in competition for the State Teacher of the Year. He is putting his application together now and will find out the results in September.

Also honored at the meeting was the 2019 Service Personnel of the Year: Kathy D. Mace.

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The Wetzel County Board of Education honored those who placed at the State Thespian Competition, including Theater Teacher of the year, Dan Henthorn.

The Board recognized the JASON Argonauts. Drew Schmalz, a teacher at Magnolia High School is going on a bee pollination expedition in Costa Rica. Also going to Costa Rica is Cameron Riggenbach, an eighth grade student at New Martinsville School. Sharon Snider, a teacher at Longdrain School is going on an Amazon Rainforest expedition in Peru. Madison Fetty, a junior student at Hundred High School is going on the Amazon Rainforest expedition in Peru. Hallie McDonald, a freshman student at Paden City High School is going to the Amazon Rainforest expedition in Peru.

Special recognition was given to Lark Higginbothom who made a generous donation in her brothers name, "Woody". The board wanted to recognize his tremendous loyalty and support of the band program at Paden City High School.

Also recognized was the drama/theater program in Wetzel County Schools. Gracce pointed out the program has grown every single year he's been involved and every year they seem to get more awards. Grace honored Dan Henthorn, who is the W.Va. theater teacher of the year. As well as the rest of the award winners.

In another matter, Dr.Eleanor Smalley with JASON Learning was at the meeting to talk about the program. Grace, thanked her for the program and said without her, none of this would have happened. Smalley stated she had an incredible day, the day of the meeting. She went around to the schools and saw the amazing programs, teachers and students. She started her day with Sonya Holiday learning about dirt in her kindergarten class. Smalley commented on what a nice job she did. She stated "if everyone understood dirt like the kindergarten kids, it would be a good start for all of us, it was great".

She then saw Jeremy Kelch with the TSA Program which she described as breathtaking. She said she travels all over the country and what we have here is as good as any place in the country. She then went on to say Sharon Snider who after the kids had been tested all morning, immediately went into wave technology. She noted they were engaged and interested. Smalley described it as fabulous. She then saw Aaron Allen and aquaponics and learned about what they have been doing with lettuce and feeding the entire school and possibly the whole county, which she described as pretty impressive.

She ended with Leslie Lively who was starting the Argonaut bottle rocket experience. She described her day as a fabulous day. Looking at it holistically, she reported it was project based learning at its best. Every class she went into, kids were engaged. Teachers were using the socratic method, asking questions. They weren't just telling to kids to do this or do that. They had the kids contributing and she described the teaching as student led which is the best form of instruction. Smalley stated you hear about the next generation science standards all the time and what they're really trying to do is exactly what she saw. They are trying to get kids engaged and get teachers to ask socratic questions.

She noted she saw all of that. She was looking for the level of instruction as she was going around and she stated it was at a very high level of instruction which was perfect. Students were engaged in groups. She noted you don't get that kind of group work unless teachers have worked with students. She said it was textbook. She said part of what JASON is, is trying to teach culture. Culture is about experimentation. Authentic and real learning and that's what she saw all day long. She also noted Wetzel County has one of the most amazing cultures she's seen in a school district because it's geniune engagement. You can see the teachers and students care about each other and it's safe to ask questions. Smalley thanked the Board for the opportunity to observe.

In other matters, the following matters were approved at the meeting: Craig A. Schneid, approval for employment as Summer Tutor, Hundred High School, effective July 1, 2019. Sharon A. Scyoc, approval for employment as Summer Cook/Van at Short Line School, effective June 17, 2019. Sharon A. Scyoc, approval for employment as Summer Cook/Van at Short Line School, effective July 15, 2019. Sarah M. Tustin, approval for employment as Summer Cook/Van at Paden City Elementary, effective June 17, 2019. Sarah M. Tustin, approval for employment as Summer Cook/Van at Paden City Elementary, effective July 15, 2019.

In other matters, the following were approved at the meeting:

Personnel Matters: Retirements: Brenda L. Fisher, acceptance of retirement from position as Supervisory Teacher Aide/Media Assistant at Short Line School, effective June 30, 2019. Debra S. Sims, acceptance of retirement from position as Supervisory Teacher Aide at New Martinsville School, effective the end of the 2018-2019 school year.

Resignations: Mary R. Baker, acceptance of resignation from position as Academic Advisor at Magnolia High School, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Shayne Minor, acceptance of resignation from position as Head Football Coach at Hundred High School, effective March 11, 2019. Lisa D. Wharton, acceptance of resignation from position as evening custodian at Hundred High School, effective May 17, 2019.

Professional Personnel: Jill C. Householder, approval for change in assignment from half-time English Teacher at Paden City High School and half-time English Teacher at Magnolia High School to English Teacher at Paden City High School, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Tara Jackson, approval for change in assignment from the 2019-2020 Transfer List to third grade Teacher at New Martinsville School, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Heather Riggle, approval for change in assignment from the 2019-2020 Transfer List to first grade Teacher at Paden City Elementary, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Service Personnel: Sarah J. Kinczel, approval for change in assignment from Attendance/Student Support Secretary/Medicaid Billing at the County Office, 230-day contract, to Secretary at New Martinsville School, 536/E, 220-day contract, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. Jonathon T. Snider, approval for change in assignment from Secretary at Long Drain School, 220-day contract, to Secretary at New Martinsville School, 536/E, 220-day contract, effective the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.

Extracurricular: Pamela A. Chapman, approval for employment as Summer Tutor, Riverfront, effective July 1, 2019. Amy J. Coen, approval for employment as Summer Cook at Short Line School, effective July 1, 2019. Jeffery E. Derby, approval for employment as Summer Tutor, Valley High School, effective July 1, 2019. Robert A. Gomez, approval for employment as Summer Tutor, Riverfront, effective July 1, 2019. Holly F. Harris, approval for employment as Summer Cook/Van at Hundred High School, effective June 17, 2019. Holly F. Harris, approval for employment as Summer Cook/Van at Hundred High School, effective July 15, 2019. Kristin L. Herrick, approval for employment as Summer Cook at Paden City Elementary, effective June 17, 2019. Cheryl S. Hillberry, approval for employment as Summer Cook at Hundred High School, effective June 17, 2019.

Appointment of Treasurer: Grant approval for the re-appointment of Jeffrey A. Lancaster as Treasurer for Wetzel County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

Re-Employment of Professional and Service Personnel Going From Probationary to Continuing Contract for the 2019-2020 School Year:

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL: Countywide: Terri L. Beaty, Edward S. Davis, Tiffany R. Heinzman, Amy N. Lynch, Keri A. Miller, Caryn L. Puskaric, Jennifer C. Rose, Jacqueline N. Watkins, Long Drain School: Jamie K. Snyder. Magnolia High School: Mary R. Baker, Travis A. Emch, Robert A. Gomez, Cole E. Simms; Paden City High School: Carolyn R. Hizer, Jill C. Householder; Short Line School: Joseph S. Candella, III , Brenda E. Glasscock; VAlley High School: Tanner M. Wright.

SERVICE PERSONNEL:Aides: Long Drain School: Sara L. Eller 200 days; Magnolia High School: Stacy L. Pyles 200 days; New Martinsville School: Roberta A. Mercer 200 days, Sheila M. Nelson 200 days; Paden City Elementary: Mary C. McGinnis 200 days, Hannah S. Shreve 200 days; Short Line School: Roxanne M. Barker 200 days;

Bus Operators: Laura J. Hayhurst 200 days, Jeremy M. Shepherd 200 days, Tia I. Wright 200 days;

Cooks:New Martinsville School: Christie L. Dudley 200 days; Paden City Elementary: Shana J. Loy 200 days; Short Line School: Christena L. Shaw 200 days Temporary.

Custodians: Magnolia High School: Guy F. Duke 228 days, Valley High School: Steven C. Zajdowicz 228 days, Mechanic Assistant: Terrell K. Haught 261 days.

Re-Employment of Probationary Professional and Service Personnel for the 2019-2020 School Year:

PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL: Countywide: Kayla A. George (3rd year), Diedra S. Huggins (2nd year), Alexa M. Isaly (3rd year), Marah N. Utt (2nd year) Hundred High School: Shannon B. Duckworth (2nd year), Alyssa W. Henderson (3rd year), Annaliese N. Henderson (3rd year), Cameron L. Phillips (2nd year), Tiana M. Tallman (2nd year) Long Drain School: Katie L. Frick (3rd year)

Magnolia High School: Heather L. Hale (3rd year), Shelly L. Lynch (3rd year), Drew A. Schmalz (3rd year) New Martinsville School: Kayla R. Adams (3rd year), Cynthia R. Anderson (2nd year), Anna M. Barrick (3rd year), Brittany A. Hoskins (3rd year), Tara Jackson (3rd year), Melissa J. Landis (3rd year), Jennifer Piekarski (3rd year), Amanda C. Tallman (3rd year), Bree D. Worley (3rd year) Paden City Elementary: Brooke Liptak (2nd year) Paden City High School: Eric F. Piekarski (3rd year), Robert J. Price (3rd year), Chandra M. Spragg (3rd year) Short Line School: Beverly L. Barr (3rd year), Denise A. Greene (3rd year) TEMPORARY, Amy M. Klug (3rd year), Heather R. Norton (3rd year), Lindsey P. Snider (3rd year) Valley High School: Gabrielle P. Cooper (3rd year), Jessica L. Mace (2nd year) WCTEC: Deborah M. Coen (1st year), John M. Shepard (2nd year)

SERVICE PERSONNEL: Aides: Countywide: Andrea D. Pittman (3rd year) 200 days Magnolia High School: Jacqueline Johnson (2nd year) 200 days, Serena A. Huggins (3rd year) 200 days New Martinsville School: Cindy D. Aliff (3rd year) 200 days, Ashley M. Workman (3rd year) 200 days Paden City High School: Melissa K. Balcerek (2nd year) 200 days Short Line School: Lisa R. Bock (3rd year) 200 days, Belinda A. Henderson (2nd year) 200 days, Laura A. Yoho (2nd year) 200 days Bus Operators: Chad M. Flowers (3rd year) 200 days, Barry C. Kirkland (2nd year) 200 days

Cooks: New Martinsville School: Rebecca G. Haught (3rd year) 200 days Custodians: Magnolia High School: Waneta G. Yoho (2nd year) 228 days New Martinsville School: Josie L. Greathouse (2nd year) 228 days Short Line School: Pfalzgraf, David J. 1/2 (3rd year) 228 days WCTEC: Pfalzgraf, David J.(3rd year) 228 days

Leave of Absence: Approval of request from Michaella L. Goddard for a medical leave of absence from her position as Special Education Teacher at Long Drain School, effective March 25, 2019 through release from physician. Approval of request from Sadonna L. Kimble for a medical leave of absence from her position as Fifth Grade Teacher at Paden City Elementary School, effective May 9, 2019 through release from physician. Approval of request from Debra Robinson for a family medical leave of absence from her position as bus aide, effective May 15, 2019 through June 13, 2019.

Routine Matters: Request to Attend Wetzel County Schools: Approval of request from Shantel James for her child, Jesse James, to attend Wetzel County Schools (Paden City Elementary) for the 2019-2020 school year, pending release from Tyler County. Approval of request from Mollie Baker for her child, Piper Baker, to attend Wetzel County Schools (Paden City Elementary) for the 2019-2020 school year, pending release from Tyler County. Approval of request from Jill Householder for her children, Maddie, Katie, and Noah Householder, to continue attending Wetzel County Schools (Paden City Elementary) for the 2019-2020 school year, pending release from Tyler County. Approval of request from Judith and Lonnie Anderson for their child, Chloie M. Anderson, to continue attending Wetzel County Schools (New Martinsville School) for the 2019-2020 school year, pending release from Tyler County. Approval of request from Kendra Lydick for her children, Levi and Analea Lydick, to continue attending Wetzel County Schools (Paden City Elementary) for the 2019-2020 school year, pending release from Tyler County.

Release from Wetzel County Schools: Approval of request from Staci Buchanan for her child, Landry Buchanan, to be released from Wetzel County Schools to continue attending Tyler County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Approval of request from Aaron and Jennifer Kolat for their children, Michael L. and Adam L. Kolat, to be released from Wetzel County Schools to continue attending Monongalia County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Approval of request from Tim and Julie Cozad for their child, Jackson Cozad, to be released from Wetzel County Schools to continue attending Tyler County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year. Approval of request from Ashley Moore for her children, Cole and Luke Moore, to be released from Wetzel County Schools to continue attending Tyler County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

Out of State Trips: Approval of request from M. Fay Pritchard to take the 8th grade students and five staff members from New Martinsville School on a field trip to the 2019 Education Days at the Pittsburgh Pirates Game, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA on May 31, 2019, funded through student fees.

Approval of request from Kathi Schmalz for Stacy Barcus and the PBIS Group to take students from Magnolia High School on a reward trip to the St. Clair Bowling Lanes in St. Clairsville, OH, on April 30, 2019, funded through PBIS funds.

Approval of request from Kathi Schmalz for Stacy Barcus and the PBIS Group to take students from Magnolia High School on a reward trip to the 2019 Education Days at the Pittsburgh Pirates Game in Pittsburgh, PA, on May 8, 2019, funded through PBIS funds.

Approval of request from Teresa Standiford to attend the Model Schools Conference in Washington, D.C., on June 23-26, 2019, funded through WVDE. Approval of request from Amanda McPherson to attend the School Nutrition Association National Leadership Conference in Sarasota, FL, on May 8-10, 2019, funded through the WVSNA.

Approval of request from Edward Toman to take the Superintendent's Student Advisory group and chaperones on a field trip to the Pittsburgh Pirates Game in Pittsburgh, PA, for Education Days on May 23, 2019, funded through county funds.

Approval of request from Kathi Schmalz for Holly Cain, Lindsay Cain, Leslie Day, and Jennifer Emch to take sixteen students from Magnolia High School on a trip to England, Wales, and Ireland on June 16-24, 2019, funded through student fees and Magnolia High School Travel Club funds.

Chaperones/Volunteers: Approval of request from the School Principal for the following Chaperones/Volunteers for the 2018-2019 school year. Paden City High School: Lisa Goddard New Martinsville School: Jessica Arman, Mandy Baldwin, Vanessa Bard, Natasha Barrows, Anthony Bland, Marissa Bland, Cynthia Burgey, Kent Burgey, Chelsea Carr, Dustin Carvoo, Jayma Carvoo, Aaron Cogar, Sarah Cogar, Jessica Davis, Karen Edmondson, Stacey Evans, Savannah Fitzgerald, Cherri Forrester, Debra Glendenning, Dawn Greathouse, Cherokee Hall, Shawn Hartline, Riannon Haslam, John Higgins, Amanda Honeysuckle, Amy Hopkins, Jennifer Iams, Jessi Kelley, Jessica Kirk, Erin LeMasters, Kristen Litman, Chad Lynch, Erica Lynch, Elom Maine, Mandy Baldwin, Kari McClure, Robert McClure, Christy McDiffitt, Todd McDiffitt, Cheyenne McMillan, Tonya McVicker, Heather Moffitt, Jeni Moffitt, Kishna Moffitt, Sandra Morgan, Tracy Morgan, Darlene Morris, Jessica Morris, Matt Morris, Stephanie Noyes, Anel Pardo, Robbie Parsons, Jamie Patterson, Gabby Pavlik, Taylor Pavlik, Brionna Peterson, Mandy Phillips, Raquel Pixler, April Postlethwait, Donnie Postlethwait, Nancy Quinet, Carla Rabel, Jennifer Richmond, Raina Sands, Rosemary Sands, Gail Scheibelhood/Anderson, Melissa Shimp, Shawn Shoemake, Christina Stapel, Sean Stapel, Shane Steele, Janelle Stevens, Ashley Suarez, Xiomara Torres, Tina Travis, James Utt, Nicole Utt, Stephanie Vargo, Aleatha Wade, Charles Wallace, Kristin Wallace, Christina Walters, Rachel Ware, Cyn'd Warren, Heidi Watterson, Jim West, Sheyanne West, Amy Williams/France, Timothy Witt, Ashley Wykert, Roy Yoho

Non-Traditional Instruction Day Packets: Approval to develop and implement Non-Traditional Instruction Day Packets (Snow-Day Packets) to be utilized on days when students do not receive instruction within the school facilities due to cancellation of schools.

TABLED ISSUE: Approval to lay tabled issue (Routine Matters, Item '1', April 22, 2019 Board Agenda), Release from Wetzel County Schools, back on the table for discussion and approval. Request from Nicholas and Shannon Eastham for their children, Destiny, Nathen and Kaitlynn Eastham, to be released from Wetzel County Schools to continue attending Monongalia County Schools for the 2019-2020 school year.

TREASURER'S REPORT: Approval for Payment of Bills for the Month of April, 2019 (invoices approved at this meeting are available for review at the Wetzel County Schools' Financial Office); and Approval for Transfers and Increases in the Budget

APPROVAL OF PRELIMINARY OPERATING BUDGET FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR: Superintendent recommends approval of the Preliminary Operating Budget for the 2019-2020 School Year and the proposed budget be made available for public inspection:

FIRST READING OF NEW WETZEL COUNTY POLICY: Approval of First Reading of New Wetzel County Policy GCBDD: Return-To-Work Policy:

With the date and time of the next meeting being May 28 at 6:30 p.m., a motion was made and approved to adjourn the meeting.

 
 
 

 

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