4-11 Pocahontas Board of Ed. – Part 2- Statewide Respect for County Math Program

Part 1 about the Pocahontas County Board of Education’s April 11th meeting covered special recognition of staff, teachers and students. Now here’s the rest of the meeting.

Math Teachers Leah Shinaberry, Teresa Rhea, Nebraska Scotchie and Jennifer Nail enthusiastically addressed the Board about having attended and presented sessions at the WV Council for Teachers of Mathematics.

Leah Shinaberry, a Math Teacher from PCHS talked about the new statewide respect that the Pocahontas County School’s Math program is receiving because of recent outstanding improvements in student’s test scores. Leah relates about the comments she heard from one attendee from another county school system.

“One lady commented on our test scores and how she’s seen the rising of our test scores and that other people in the State are noticing what is happening here in Math in Pocahontas County” said Shinaberry. “That was just really exciting to get that feedback within the session.”

Nebraska Scotchie, a Math Teacher at Marlinton Middle School also briefly commented about what she experienced at the Council for Teachers of Mathematics.

“It was very cool to be the county people were talking about” said Scotchie.

Teresa Rhea, a Math Teacher from Marlinton Middle School also talks about the Council.

“Nebraska and I presented together on our Power Teaching Program” said Rhea. “And again (it was) awesome to see the people attend and be interested in what we were doing. There are so many people in that session that are now interested in coming to Pocahontas County and observing, not only because of what we presented there, but because of what they are hearing. We’ve been contacted from so many different counties. And last Thursday we had 8 people visit already from Nicholas County –classroom teachers and one from Central Office. And they were blown away from what our students are doing.”

It is clear that the incredible success of the Pocahontas County Math Program comes not just from Power Teaching techniques, but also from the enthusiasm, determination and commitment of the Math Teachers in all of the County’s schools.

Sue Ann Heatherly, President of the Board of the Pocahontas County Free Libraries and Susan Chappell, a member of the Hillsboro Library Friends’ Building Committee updated the Board on the progress of the proposed addition to the Hillsboro Library. Sue Ann describes the project.

“The Pocahontas County Free Libraries has given their approval and some monies allocated to begin” said Heatherly. “We’re ready when you all are to get this addition started. The main purpose of the addition is two-fold. One is to provide a children’s area in the library where we can hold classes for Hillsboro Elementary students and read aloud while the other library functions are going on, and to give Ellwood (Grimes) back some office space because he needs some space where he can catalog books. There’s also going to be a Parents Porch – and it’s right there facing the playground so the parents can have a covered area and look at their kids and pick them up when they fall down on the playground.”

They are hoping to start the project soon.

In other actions, the Board members approved various routine financial statements, invoices, reports, the WV State Auditor’s Report and Grants. They approved Board Member Joe Walker to represent the Board of Education on the County Day Report Committee.

In a money saving move, the Board approved that they be allowed to waive their rights to be covered under Worker’s Compensation during the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

They approved the 2016-2017 School Calendar as it was presented at the public meetings in Hillsboro and Green Bank and described in our earlier news stories.

They approved Shannon G. Arbogast as a Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach at the High School.

They approved the professional and Service Personnel moves which can be found on our website –alleghenymountainradio.org.

The meeting ended with an executive session on a personnel matter which would not be voted on.

Personnel Agenda approved by the Board of Education at this meeting.

PERSONNEL AGENDA April 11, 2016 Professional and Service Personnel


Green Bank Elementary-Middle School:
EMPLOYMENT:   STACY E. LANDIS, as Teacher of Science at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, effective for the 2016-2017 school year, at state basic salary based on degree and experience, term of employment is 200 days.
Hillsboro Elementary School:
EMPLOYMENT:   GARY ROSE, as Custodian III (half time) at Hillsboro Elementary School, effective for the 2016-2017 school year, at state basic pay, term of employment is 220 one-half days.   Shift: 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
REQUESTED TRANSFER:   REBECCA SPENCER, from Teacher of Multi Subjects at Marlinton Middle School to Principal/Teacher at Hillsboro Elementary School, effective for the 2016-2017 school year, at state basic salary based on degree and experience plus equity (includes State Minimum Salary Increment Schedules), term of employment is 220 days.
EMPLOYMENT:   DEVAN E. SIMMONS, as Afterschool Tutor at Hillsboro Elementary School, retroactive to April 4, 2016 for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year, 2 hours per day, 2 days per week, at $20 per hour.
Marlinton Elementary School:
EMPLOYMENT:   SHERRI HOWE, as Cafeteria Managers – Summer Feeding Program at Marlinton Elementary School, effective June 26, 2016 through July 30, 2016 – except July 4, 2016, six hours per day.  Shift: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
EMPLOYMENT:   OLLIE C. BARKLEY, as Custodian III (Energy Express) at Marlinton Elementary School, effective June 27, 2016 through July 29, 2016, 2 hours per day, 5 days per week, at $12 per hour. Shift: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM.
Pocahontas County High School:
RESIGNATION:   RICHARD MICHAEL ADKINS, as Principal, Coordinator of School-to-Work Program, Vocational Education Director, Distance Learning Facilitation and Alternative Education Coordinator at Pocahontas County High School, effective at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.
ABOLISHMENT OF POSITION:   Volleyball Coach at Pocahontas County High School, effective at the end of the 2015-2016 season.
CREATION OF POSITION:   Assistant Football Coach (7th & 8th Grade) at Pocahontas County High School, effective for the 2016-2017 school year, at a supplement of $500.








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Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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