Concerns at Green Bank Elementary/Middle School discussed at BOE Meeting
During the Delegations portion of the March 7th Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting, Whitney Beverage wanted the board to create a position for a Trama Counselor at the Green Bank Elementary/Middle School because of a number of recent tragedies among the students there, she also expressed other concerns about the school’s performance.
Superintendent Beam responded to Beverage’s concerns.
“I think what we have planned to do for Green Bank (School) will be more than what we’ve done so far,” said Beam. “And I think it will meet with a lot of approval from your school. I can’t share what that is right now, but I don’t want you to think ‘well, they didn’t hear anything you said,’ because I heard everything you said.”
During his Superintendent’s Report, Beam added that he had met with the staff of the Green Bank School on February 20th and spent an hour discussing with them their ideas to improve the academic achievement levels at the school, which has been designated by the state as being academically challenged.
Beam also said that he sees a need to have an ambulance standing by during home basketball games, as they do at home football games.
He said that just as the schools joined a class-action law suit against a vape manufacturer a couple of years ago, they are considering a request from the same law firm to join a class action suit against social media companies for the damage they cause to school performance.
For his special recognitions, Beam provided the below list of names of student winners of the Young Writers Contest and the Social Studies Fair:
| Pocahontas County
Young Writers Contest Winners:
Social Studies Fair Winners:
|1st||Economics: Individual||Aubriee Dilley||Can Ice Cream Change the World?|
|1st||Geography: Individual||Owen Chaney||All About Jaguars|
|2nd||Geography: Individual||Cora Baldwin||Appalachian Salt|
|Grayson Barlow||West Virginia State Police|
|1st||Psychology: Individual||Zach Mason||Should There Be Zoos?|
|1st||Psychology: Group||Ava Fields &
|1st||Sociology||Jackson Tankersley||Quotes from the GOAT|
|2nd||Sociology||Clarissa Barb||Do You Know the Muffin Man?|
|1st||State and Local Studies: Individual||Wade Goldizen||Is That Smoke?|
|2nd||State and Local Studies: Individual||Ryan Withrow||The History of Droop Mountain State Park|
|3rd||State and Local Studies: Individual||Makiya Burns||History of Maple Syrup|
|1st||U.S. History: Individual||Autumn Hively||Cowgirl in the Helmet: Fallon Taylor|
|2nd||U.S. History: Individual||Ryan Kloeker||Joe Burrow’s Road to the Bengals|
|1st||U.S. History: Group||Jasper Birchfield & Chase McNeill||49er Gold Rush|
|2nd||U.S. History: Group||Bailey Goodwin & Ace Gregory||The Tragedy of the Titanic|
|1st||World History: Individual||Stevee Crace||A Beautiful Loss|
|2nd||World History: Individual||Jase Bryant||Dinosaurs|
|1st||World History: Group||Jarrell Clifton & Hunter Lundmark||Remember the Forgotten War|
|1st||Anthropology: Individual||Emma Anderson||Emma’s Kids Community School|
|2nd||Anthropology: Group||Cash Beers & Aiden Jordan||Saxophones|
|1st||Economics: Individual||Trey Sattler||Auctioneering|
|2nd||Economics: Individual||Gavin Jordan||The History of Intel|
|2nd||Economics: Group||Madeleine Burns & Chloe Annett||Becoming Outdoors Woman|
|2nd||Geography: Individual||Ben Workman||Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort|
|3rd||Geography: Group||Bella Arbogast & Dixie Thompson||The Black Death|
|1st||Political Science: Individual||Willa Hardy||The Electoral College|
|2nd||Political Science: Individual||Tristan Sizemore||Hammurabi’s Code of Law|
|3rd||Political Science: Group||Lucas Davis &
|1st||Psychology: Individual||Sydney Slifer||What Goes on in Teen Brains|
|2nd||Psychology: Individual||Grace Faubert||Set in the Stars|
|1st||Psychology: Group||Riyan Gladwell & Kenslee Lane||Bipolar Depression|
|1st||Sociology: Individual||Nadiya Kerr||Madam CJ Walker|
|2nd||Sociology: Individual||Carter Faulknier||Powell Peralta Skateboards|
|1st||Sociology: Group||Julia Brown & Hailey Goldsberry||Lusia Harris|
|1st||State & Local Studies: Individual||Keiara Vandevender||WV Bear Hunting|
|1st||State & Local Studies: Group||Sierra Nelson & Baylee Nelson||WV’s Baby Dog|
|2nd||State & Local Studies: Group||Cyle Kelk & Odin Lizotte||Samuel Pringle|
|3rd||State & Local Studies: Group||Natalye Burdette & Jasmine Tuskin||The Greenbrier Ghost|
|1st||U.S. History: Individual||Coleton Taylor||Jesse Brown|
|2nd||U.S. History: Individual||Damien Blankenship||The Telephone|
|1st||U.S. History: Group||Brom Koerber & Cayden Johnson||The Two Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japan|
|2nd||U.S. History: Group||Mazie Monico & Torrie Price||Witch Hunt (Salem Witch Trials)|
|2nd||World History: Individual||Tanner Balkwin||Auschwitz|
|3rd||World History: Individual||Nicholas Beverage||The Powerful Roman Legions|
|1st||World History: Group||Peyton Friel & Noah Foe||Titanic|
|2nd||World History: Group||Kaydence Cutlip & Catherine Lucabaugh||The Pig War|
|1st||Economics: Group||Willie O’Ganian & Florian Baudler||Iron Mongering|
|2nd||Economics: Group||Tristen O’Steen & Shealynn Plaugher||Snowboarding Economics|
|1st||Political Science: Group||Ramona Hardy & Allison Friel||Third Parties in the USA|
|1st||Psychology: Individual||Mallori McCoy||The Mind of a Serial Killer|
|1st||Psychology: Group||Jade Arbogast, Jenna Baxter, Harley Brown, and Hailey Fitzgerald||Mass Hysteria or Mass Hexing|
|2nd||Psychology: Group||Mya Workman & Mackenzie Taylor||The Battle Back Home|
|3rd||Psychology: Group||Courtney Waugh & Kirstin Friel||Mental Effects of Sexual Assault|
|1st||Sociology: Individual||Trenton Brock||Escape the Inescapable|
|1st||Sociology: Group||Eden Smith & Ella Markl||Are You Still Watching?|
|1st||State & Local Studies: Individual||Riley Pollack||Martinsburg Mystery|
|2nd||State & Local Studies: Group||Miranda Gum & Dillon Dunz||Moundsville Prison Riot|
|3rd||State & Local Studies: Group||Easton Nelson & Jayden Hershman||Camp Bartow|
|1st||U.S. History: Individual||Rachel Felton||Courts of the Missing|
|2nd||U.S. History: Group||Shayla Bennett & Mackenzie Sewell||The History of the Basketball|
|3rd||U.S. History: Group||Jessie Definbaugh & Miles Fitzgerald||Lost Colony of Roanoke|
Terrell McSweeney discussed safety concerns because of a lack of a visitor’s WI-FI network at the schools. She said that while she attended a basketball game at the middle school where her daughter was playing, her son broke his wrist while playing at the high school basketball game in Bath County, and people couldn’t reach her to get her authorization for him to get emergency medical care in Bath County, although they eventually contacted her through the Sheriff’s Department.
Chris Sutton, a Math Teacher at PCHS told the board that there is a need to add a full-time STEM teacher to replace the current half-time Math Teacher. He said for a fairly small increase in salary, with no increase in benefits cost, the STEM teacher would be able to also teach additional courses to help students win Promise Scholarships.
Additionally, the board:
- Approved the state proposed Levy Rates: Class I: $19.40; Class II :$38.80; Classes III and IV: $77.60.
- Approved the proposed school calendar for next school year.
- Approved their annual agreement with the WVU Extension Service and with the County Extension Service.
- Approved an agreement with WVU and it’s Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, School of Social Work to allow their students to provide clinical education and fieldwork here to provide WVU students educational opportunities and encourage students to go into Social Work.
- Approved an agreement with the WV Department of Education’ s Community in Schools (CIS) to implement the CIS Model of Integrated support at Marlinton Middle School.
- Approved a brand new program – The Grow Your Own Teacher Apprentice Program to provides daily classroom services in the county schools.
- Approved to add the CVB’s Road Clean-up program to PCHS’ approved fundraiser list.
- Approved the recommended list of personnel actions, which can also be seen by clicking on this link to the official meeting agenda: 3-7-23 Official BOE Agenda PDF