Board members also approved to rescind the previously adopted by-laws and policies, and adopt the Mason County Schools NEOLA Policy Manual.
A NEOLA representative, Sam Kalbaugh, assured Board members they can feel comfortable with the new policy at hand. He thanked the Board, the staff for taking leadership, and the participants in working with the committee. Kalbaugh, who serves as an Educational Consultant for NEOLA, also said that the policies are updated twice a year, and that by working with BoardDocs©, NEOLA will be accessible through board agendas to be sure everything meets the manual.
“With BoardDocs© and the NEOLA policy,” Kalbaugh said, “I feel Mason County will have the best policy and technology at hand.”
Mr. Greg Martin assured the Board that all existing policies were copied over from the existing policy to NEOLA, with the exception of the grading scale and a technology/business computer class policy. Everything in NEOLA still meets state policy.
Mrs. Linda Rollins, Assistant to the Superintendent and School Psychologist, stated that everyone working with the committee was trained on the new policy, and that everyone including staff in the school system, will be trained.
“This is a living document,” Ruth Caplinger, Director of the Mason County Career Center, said. “As time goes on, tweaks can be made to the policy.”
Dale Shobe, President of the Board, commented that whatever does pass in the new NEOLA policy manual, they will meet the state policies.
“This is a tremendous opportunity to have this in our county,” Board member Randy Searls said.
In other policy approvals, the Board approved the Mason County Schools District Wide, Title I Parental Involvement Policy.
Ruth Caplinger also was appointed as the Interim Chief Business Official/Treasurer at the board meeting. This follows the approval of resignation from John Jenkins.
“Mrs. Caplinger has done and gone through a lot in the last few months,” Board member Teresa Warner said. “I just wanted to thank her for everything she has done and that it is dually noted.”
Letart resident, Mark Clark, was present to discuss several issues he was concerned with. Of those, he had questions about the dirt being moved from the back parking lot of the high school, the Hartford Elementary being rented to a church, the tennis courts becoming a new practice field, and the school bond levy.
Superintendent Dickens said that she will check on Clark’s concerns and contact him with answers.
The Board approved the following list of professional personnel: (Resignations) – Lesa Hackett, substitute teacher, effective Aug. 5, 2010; (Transfers) - Leslie Stepp, RIF, to Teacher, Grade 6, Ashton Elementary; DeeAnn Clendenin, Teacher, LD/MI/BD, 7-12, to Teacher, Grade 5, Ashton Elementary; Janice New, Teacher, New Haven Elementary, to Teacher, LD/MI/BD, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School; Dawn Bays, Teacher, LD/MI/BD, Leon Elementary, to Teacher, Grade 6, Leon Elementary; Judith Browning, Teacher, Title I, New Haven Elementary, to Teacher, Title I, Point Pleasant Intermediate School; Stephanie Morrow, Teacher, Grade 3, Beale Elementary, to Teacher, Grade 1, Point Pleasant Primary School; Charlotte Oshel, Teacher, LD/MI/BD, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School, to Teacher, LMDSSM, Wahama Jr/Sr High School; and Sherry Pullin, Teacher, Grade 2, Ashton Elementary, to Title I Instructional Leadership Coordinator, Central Office Itinerant, effective for the 2010-2011 school year, Title I is the funding source; and (Employments) - Mary Hamm, .5 Teacher, Art, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School.
The Board approved the following list of service personnel: (Resignation) - Jill Kimble, LPN/Aide, Beale Elementary, effective immediately; (Transfer) - Bus operators from the Transfer and Subsequent Assignment list for 2010-2011; and (Employment) - Marsha Casey, Cook, Long Term Substitute, Roosevelt Elementary.
The Board approved the following list of extra-curricular personnel for the 2010-2011 school year: (Employments) - Barbara M. Mitchell, Literacy Coordinator, Point Pleasant Primary School; Melissa Tibbetts, Literacy Tutor, Point Pleasant Primary School; Anna Hadinger, Literacy Assistant, Point Pleasant Primary School; Christina Long, NuPA, Point Pleasant Primary School; Jessica Hitt, Early Childhood Coordinator, Point Pleasant Primary School; Rebecca Lewis, Literacy Coordinator, Beale Elementary; Sheila Flora, Literacy Assistant, Beale Elementary; Amilda Noll Thompson, Literacy Tutor, Beale Elementary; Marcus Rice, NuPA, Beale Elementary; Tonya Bonecutter, Early Childhood Coordinator, Beale Elementary; Amber Cottrill, Literacy Coordinator, Ashton Elementary; Jodi Craft, Literacy Assistant, Ashton Elementary; Nikki Soulsby, Early Childhood Coordinator, Ashton Elementary; and Mary Lambert, NuPA, Ashton Elementary. (Resignations) - Shirley Gue, Yearbook Supplemental Contract, Hannan Jr/Sr High School, effective immediately.
The Board approved the following non-resident requests for the 2010-2011 school year: Tammy Edmunds, for her son, Martin A. Edmunds, to continue attendance at Hannan Jr/Sr High School; Darrin Black Sr., for his children, Darrin Jr. and Pamela Black, to continue attendance at Hannan Jr/Sr High School; and Larry and Dottie Gibbs, for their children, Brian and Bradley Gibbs, to continue attendance at Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School.
The Board approved the following resident requests for the 2010-2011 school year: Linda and Eric Mills, for their daughter, Cierra Mills, to attend school in Cabell County; and Paul and Diane Knowlton, for their son, Matthew Knowlton, to attend school in Jackson County.
The Board approved a list of volunteers for the 2010-2011 school year.
The Board approved the out-of-state field trip request from Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School, grades 9-12, for approximately 30 students to travel to Washington, D.C. during April 24-28 to visit the United States Holocaust Museum and the World War II Museum with teacher, Rachel DeHainaut and chaperon, Kerri Lewis. Other adult chaperons will be announced later. Funding will be through fundraisers. There is no school bus required.
The Board approved the agreement between Southwestern Community Action Council, Inc., Child and Family Development Program, Head Start, and the Mason County Board of Education.
The Board approved a Contractual Services Agreement between the Mason County Board of Education and Sunbelt Staffing, Inc., for provision of three Speech/Language Pathology Assistants for the 2010-2011 school year. Special Education will be the funding source.
The Board approved the contract between the Mason County Board of Education and Solution Tree to provide six contracted service days for school improvement corrective action. The total cost is $39,000, and the funding source in the Point Pleasant Intermediate School Improvement Grant.
The Board approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Mason County Board of Education and Pleasant Valley Hospital for Physician Consultative Services with Carrie Dillard, MD to provide services for the county school nurses at a cost of $7,200. Medicaid will be the funding source.
Those present included Superintendent Suzanne Dickens, President Dale Shobe, Vice President Mick Cottrill, and other board members Randy Searls, Teresa Warner and Tom Nunnery.
“My first day on the job, we had a busy day and pizza,” Dickens said. “We got a lot accomplished and I am looking forward to the beginning of school with this Board.”
Other comments were made from board members.
Cottrill requested that maintenance work needs to be checked out at Wahama Jr/Sr High. This includes lights, the bleachers, and other work. His concerns are with the code that the work is being conducted under.
Caplinger responded to Cottrill’s concern that the bleachers at the high school will be repaired before the first home game. He feels that the bleachers still need to be completely torn down and rebuilt.
Searls added that he would really appreciate to see work being done on the bleachers at Wahama Jr/Sr High School.
Cottrill also commented on his concern with the end of the activities bus. By understanding, according to Larry Wright, Director of Transportation/Safety, the study conducted on the bus routes during the summer showed low numbers of interest in continuing the activities bus after the deadline of Aug. 17. Dickens said the activities bus will be running until she informs them to stop.
All board members welcomed Mrs. Dickens to the Mason County Board of Education.
“I feel we are at turning point with Dickens on board,” Searls added.
Warner commented on the Silver Knights team and the charges they have with using the athletic complex. She suggested that Dickens meet with the booster organizations with the high school on building a concession/restroom area on the visitor’s side of the football field, to see if this is something that will truly happen.
“Tax payers have already paid for this facility,” Warner said. “They don’t need to be charged again to use a porta potty.”
A pilot program, following state nutrition guidelines, was requested through Warner who presented the idea to the board at the conclusion of Tuesday’s meeting. She would like to see if this is something that could be phased into the school sometime near the beginning of the year.
Shobe made his comments about the sports pass for employees. This is one person per employee ID for sporting events.
“I hope we can continue to do this,” Shobe said.
Dickens said she had no intentions of changing this.
The next regular business meeting will be held at 4 p.m., Aug. 26, at the Mason County Career Center.
Minutes from Aug. 12 meeting:
The Board approved the resignations from the following: James Toth, Teacher, Social Studies, Wahama Jr/Sr High School, effective July 30; Laura D-Amico, Teacher, Kindergarten, New Haven Elementary, effective July 27; Ann Parker, Teacher Grade 5, New Haven Elementary, effective July 31; Wanda Parsons, Teacher, Grade 5, Point Pleasant Intermediate School, effective Aug. 5; Nathaniel Hall, Teacher, Special Education, Wahama Jr/Sr High School, effective July 22; Clarence Rice, Substitute Bus Operator, effective July 12; James Toth, Varsity Football Assistant Coach, Wahama Jr/Sr High School, effective July 30; and Gary Sayre, Alternative Education one-on-one tutor, effective Sept. 1.
The Board approved the following list of transfers: Charla Martin, School Counselor, New Haven Elementary, to School Counselor, Alternative School; Tracie Price, Teacher, LD/MI/BD, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School, to Teacher, LD/MI/BD, Alternative School; Patricia Bonecutter, Teacher, Grade 3, Ashton Elementary, to Teacher, Grade 2, Ashton Elementary; Richard Nease, Teacher, Theatre Arts, Wahama Jr/Sr High School, to Teacher, English 7-12, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School; Stephanie Dickens, Teacher, LD/MI/BD and Math/History, Wahama Jr/Sr High School, to Teacher, LD/MI/BD, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School; Jessica Loudin, Teacher, Grade 6, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High School, to Teacher, Grade 4, Point Pleasant Intermediate School; and Jamie Cochran, Bus Operator Route 2085, to Bus Operator Route 2031.
The Board approved the following list of employments: Dwayne Russell, Teacher, Music/Choir/Band, Hannan Jr/Sr High School and Ashton Elementary; Michael Wallace, Junior High Football Head Coach, Hannan Jr/Sr High School; John McClung, Junior High Football Assistant Coach, Hannan Jr/Sr High School; Kellie Thomas, Athletic Trainer, Hannan Jr/Sr High School; Frankie Hudnall, Athletic Assistant, Hannan Jr/Sr High School; and Alan Camp, Athletic Assistant, Hannan Jr/Sr High School.