POINT PLEASANT — Out-of-state travel for the choir, new school bus drivers and new coaches were all under discussion at the recent Mason County School Board meeting.
Board president Randy Searls called the meeting to order. Also present were Superintendent Suzanne Dickens, Vice-president Greg Fowler, and board members Thomas Nunnery, Paul Sayre and Dale Shobe.
The board approved the employment of the following bus drivers drivers for the 2013-2014 school year: Matthew Douthit, Summer Mitchell and Kim Napora. Driving records have been checked by the West Virginia Motor Vehicles Division. The board also approved new volunteers at Ashton Elementary, New Haven Elementary, Point Pleasant Primary and Roosevelt Elementary, for the 2013-2014 school year.
The board voted to approve the out of state travel for the Wahama High School choir, Rachel Reynolds, and approved volunteers to travel to Cleveland, Ohio from June 4- 5, 2014. Wahama Choir Boosters will be the funding source. Out-of-state travel was also approved for David Rankin to travel to Springfield to observe English and language arts embedment in career technical eduaction programs, from November 24-26, 2013. Funding source will be a Mason County Career Center Technical Centers That Work Grant.
The board approved the use of the gymnasium at Point Pleasant High School as temporary emergency housing for Lakin Hospital, in the event of an emergency. The board voted to accept the following resignations: William Cox, Point Pleasant High School teacher, effective October 25, 2013; Linda Bragg, kindergarten teacher at Leon Elementary, effective November 30, 2013, due to retirement.
The board also apprioved the transfer of Rebecca Roll, Title I teacher at New Haven Elementary, to Leon Elementary, effective 2014-2015 school year. The board also recommended the employment of the following individuals: Andrew Towner as seventh-twelfth-grade social studies teacher at Point Pleasant High School; Scarlett Enos as substitute teacher for the 2013-2014 school year.
The board ratified the action of the superintendent to suspend the following employees: Linda Little, teacher at Point Pleasant Intermediate School, without pay for 30 days, beginning October 21, 2013; Janice New, teacher at Point Pleasant Intermediate School, for 30 days without pay, beginning October 24, 2013.
The board accepted the resignation of the following individuals: Jerry Lanier mechanic in transportation department; Joyce Zerkle, custodian at New Haven Elementary, due to retirement; Lawrence McDermitt, substitute custodian. The board also approved the employment of Katie Neal as substitute accountant; Lydia Akins, as substitute bus operator; Elijah Carper, Joshua Russell, and Kevin Williamson, as substitute maintenance workers; Brandi Fisher and Sandra Pino, as substitute secretaries.
The board accepted the resignation of Brian Booth, Hannan Junior High School; Bridget White. The board approved the employment of Ruth Billings, Junior High year book instructor at Point Pleasant High School; Bridget Judy, Saturday School Instructor, Point Pleasant High School; Valerie Wolford, interventionist, Hannan High School; Bridget Judy, interventionist, Point Pleasant High School; Bridget Judy, interventionist, Point Pleasant High School; Ruth Billings, homebound instructor, on an as-needed basis, central office itinerant; Dottie Henderson, mentor, central office itinerant.
The board also approved the employment of David Lloyd, archery instructor at Hannan High School; Kellie Thomas, assistantvarsity track coach at Hannan High School; Jessy Painter, assistant varsity girls basketball coach at Hannan High School; Patrick Leggett, 7th grade girls’ basketball coach, Point Pleasant High School. The board also approved the placement of Jeremy Ferrell, athletic assistant, Hannan High School and Stephen Richardson, athletic assistant. These are unpaid positions.
The board also approved the employment of Brian Allen, boys’ basketball coach, Wahama High School and Matthew VanMeter, junior high head softball coach at Wahama High School
The next regular business meeting is set for 4 p.m. November 21, 2013, at Mason County Career Center. The regularly scheduled business meeting for November 26 has been canceled.