Updated on Wednesday*:
The Calhoun County board of education met Monday at 6
p.m. for its last meeting before students return on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
Superintendent Roger Propst reported on progress at
Pleasant Hill School. He said that the upstairs bathrooms should be done
two to three weeks after school starts.
“We will only be losing the three kindergarten
classrooms and it appears we only have two kindergarten classes this
year,” said Propst.
He added that the school’s drainage problem “is pretty
Frank Tetrick said that there will be a trailer at the
school for all construction equipment, so the parking area can be free.
Bus drivers will use an “in lieu of” day by putting
furniture back into the multi-purpose room at the school.
Under OEPA (Office of Education Performance Audits),
Propst said that Calhoun Middle/High School has made “significant
progress in addressing the deficiencies in the initial onsite review.”
“Kudos to everyone who worked hard on the staff,” said
Board member Lee Evans said, “It is a great
accomplishment when you achieve that. I really applaud you on that.”
Principal Karen Kirby addressed the board on how much
the summer youth workers have accomplished. Twenty-four students and
three supervisors worked on landscaping, washing classroom walls,
cleaning auditorium seats, power washing, and painting.
“They have really made the school shine,” said Kirby.
Kelli Whytsell reported that a three-year $20,000 grant
had been received for tutoring at the middle school and a ninth grade
Also approved were AURA
funds of $18,568 for after-school tutoring at the elementary schools two
days a week, plus a counselor to work with the elementary schools and
the middle school.
Propst recommended the following: “That the board
authorizes the superintendent to take steps necessary for the board to
join as a party plaintiff in litigation seeking to relieve county boards
of education from the requirements of Chapter 5 Article 16D of the W.Va.
Code, with respect to the reporting and funding of other post employment
benefits (OPEB), including relieving the (board) from any allegation to
contribute to the W.Va. retiree health benefit trust fund, in any amount
over and above the minimum annual employer payment.
“With the understanding that such litigation will also
seek to declare the State’s responsibility for all reporting and funding
requirements of the same statute with respect to OPEG benefits on behalf
of employees of county boards of education.”
A motion to accept the recommendation was approved.
After a 38-minute executive session that began at 6:31,
the following personnel items were approved:
--Employment, Matthew Walker, half-time health teacher,
CM/HS; Ruth Hill, science teacher, CM/HS; Mike Worf, assistant
principal, CM/ HS (board member Evans opposed); Angela Ferrell,
executive secretary, central office; Christ Morris, assistant varsity
wrestling coach; Mike Sims, head CMS boys basketball coach; Jeffrey Church, assistant
varsity softball coach; Kristie Ritchie, CMS
cheerleading coach (fall);
Marshall Bever, activity run (North End) bus driver
(Heads Up); Mitchell Morgan, activity run (South End) bus driver (Heads
Up); Richard Trites, activity run (North End) bus driver; Roger
Chenoweth, activity run (South End) bus driver; Marshall Bever, Kenneth
McCumbers, Career Center runs; Jill Metz, Betty Bourne, Pamela Blair,
contract bus drivers; Bridgette Harper, band director; Faye Chambers,
--Voluntary transfers, Shirley Chenoweth, reading
specialist, AES; Connie
Summers, elementary teacher, AES;
Gina Freed, data coach/interventionist, AES;
Lori Parsons, data coach/interventionist, PHS.
--Substitute service personnel, Tricia Brown, Denzil
Dye, Jimmy Gregory, Scotty Jones, Christopher Lacy, Richard Metheney,
Roger Sweppenhiser, Richard Trites, Phillip Waggoner, substitute bus
drivers; Kathryn Counts, Janet Cunningham, Rhonda DeWeese, Margaret
Kirby, Esther Laughlin, Brenda Morgan, Earlene Thomas, Dawn Thompson,
Jacqueline Yoak, substitute cooks;
Tricia Brown, Lester Channel, Mark Geiger, Jimmy
Gregory, Blanche Marie King, Christopher Lacy, Bernard Miller, Larry
Radcliff, Stephen Sams, Donna Schoolcraft, Shelia Schoolcraft,
substitute custodians; Marisha Collins, Ada Overbaugh, emergency
--Substitute teachers, Tracy Arden, Allison Beall,
Sallie Chapman, Joseph Cottrell, Wendy Cottrill, Lois Cruz, Kevin
Cunningham, Michael Edwards, Brandon Fox, Jason Fox, Marissa Fox,
Melanie Garrett, Curtis Garretson, Kristen Garretson, Sandra Harding,
Sarah Trabucco-Higgs, Gloria Jones, Kelley Houchin, Patty Mangus,
Jacob McCumbers, Rachel Meeks, Melba Jean Miller,
Krystina Mistyhn, Melissa Morris, Toni Morales, Amy Nicholas, Patricia
Propst, Lisa Reip, Amy Riddle, Brandi Sampson, Jean Simers, Donna
Steigleder, Kristin Stewart, Gina Stump, Mike Stump, Matthew Walker,
Jennifer Walsh, Bessie Welch, Norman Workman.
--Resignations, professionals, Amber Ganoe Welch; Lisa
Walker; service personnel, Jason Walker.
Other items approved included the following:
--Contracted services, Henry Bussey, psychological
services; Professional Therapy Services, Inc., occupational therapy;
Charles Huss, orientation and mobility; Linguacare Associates, Inc.,
speech therapy; Minnie Hamilton Health System, physical therapy; Health
South Western Hills, occupational therapy; Therapeutic Interventions,
physical therapy; Wendy
Garrison/Amie Cook/Smith, visual impairment; School Based Health
centers, Minnie Hamilton; Connie Roberts, finance consultation.
--Volunteer agreements, Angie Hersman, Paul Goodrich,
Derek Metz, Marcus Davis, Tracy Haught, Gaylen Duskey, Zachary Propst,
--Student transfers, Calhoun to Clay, parent, Allison
Haverty, Grades 4 and 6; parent, Benjamin Jackson, PK; parent, Cathy
Craddock, PK and 8th; parent, Crystal Ellison, PK and 2nd; parent,
Darlene Gooslin, 11; parent, Jamie Jarvis, PK and 6th; parent, Marsha
Moore, 4th and 7th; parent: Melissa Brown, PK and 1st; parent, Sherry
Patterson, 7th and 12th; parent, Shondra Moore, 6th; parent, Terrie
Horton, 1st; parent, Tonya Murphy, 7th; parent, Vickie Neal, 9th and
11th; parent, Wendy Taylor, K; parent, Jennifer McCracken, 1st, 7th,
Gilmer to Calhoun, parent, Ashley Fox, 1st; parent,
Jamie McCumbers, 6th; Ritchie to Calhoun, parent, Jamie Goff, 7th, 9th
and 12th; parent, Thomas Smith, 10th; Roane to Calhoun, parent, Julie
Wanstreet, 12th; parent, Stephanie Carpenter, 8th; Clay to Calhoun,
parent, Linda Cadle, 11th; Braxton to Calhoun, parent, Stephanie Allen,
1st and 5th;
Calhoun to Wirt, parent, April Petorvsky, K and 3rd;
parent, Charlotte Blair, 7th; Calhoun to Roane, parent, Diane Carter,
11th; parent, Kandi Pingley, K; parent, Lisa Hall, 8th and 12th; parent,
Lola Waggoner/Timothy Hicks, 4th, 6th and 8th; Calhoun to Ritchie,
parent, Jessica McCumbers, 3rd; Calhoun to Gilmer, parent, Treana Beall,
--Home school requests (parent and grade), Samantha
Erlewine, 2nd; Heather Hall, 5th; Cathy and Roger Hall, 6th; Ronzil and
Ali Haverty, 2nd; Robin Knotts, 3rd and 7th; Jennifer Koehne, 7th;
Connie Metheney, 6th; Christina Miller, 9th; Matthew Morrison, 2nd and
7th; Jeanne Pittman, 8th; Greg Selmon, 9th; Justin Smith, 2nd; Michelle
and Gerald Stehman, 1st; Charles Stephens, 1st; Vickie Farson, 6th.
--Early dismissals, Leslie Garrett, Courtney Sampson,
Aaron Yoak, Brandi Bain, Talia Brady.
--Increase in adult meals, adult breakfast, $2.25 to
$2.75; adult lunch, $2.75 to $3.25.
Under board concerns, Steve Whited thanked the faculty,
administration, students, personnel, teachers and staff for the OEPA
evaluation. Joy Starcher and Cynthia Dale agreed.
Dale questioned the monitoring of locker rooms. Kirby
and Whytsell said that athletes and parents signed a school harassment
and bullying policy.
“They stressed to the coaches and to the students how
important we felt about this,” said Whytsell.
Dale asked if precautions were taken due to the swine
flu situation. Kirby said the trainer was aware of sterilization and
Propst thanked Donnie Pitts for volunteering his time
doing ’dozer work along the road to the board of education office and an
The meeting adjourned at 7:17 p.m.
The board will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug.
18, 6 p.m., at the board office, to discuss personnel.
The next regular board meeting will be held at the board
office on Monday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m.
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