Julie Shiflet Hired as New Principal at Green Bank Elementary Middle School

Terrence Beam, Pocahontas County School Superintendent, announced at the July 9th Board of Education meeting the selection of Julie Shiflet as the new Principal at the Green Bank Elementary-Middle School.  That employment was approved by the Board at this meeting.

Beam also announced that the West Virginia School Building Authority (or SBA) has approved the Schools’ application to receive a Major Improvement Project (or MIP.) The $571,652 award has been designated by the SBA to replace the roof and a furnace at the Green Bank Elementary-Middle School..

Also, at this Board of Education meeting, the Board Members approved routine financial payments and reports.

Additionally, they approved the purchase of one 2021 Blue Bird 77 passenger school bus at a cost of $92,046.00. The funds to pay for this bus are provided by the State.

The Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Community Care of West Virginia to provide medical care in the schools this coming school year.

They approved contracts between the Board of Education and the following service providers.

  • The Pocahontas County Department of Health through the coming school year.
  • Melanie Mason to provide Physical Therapy services through the coming school year.
  • Leslie Goodall to provide Occupational Therapy services through the coming school year.
  • Demies M/ Elliott to provide special education/autism services through December 31, 2019.
  • And with David P. Wamsley, a Certified/Licensed school Psychologist, through the coming school year.

They also approved David Moore Jr. as Volunteer Golf Coach at PCHS.

The Board approved a Professional and Service Personnel Agenda.

During the Matters of the Board portion of the meeting, Joe Walker, Board President told an inspiring and humorous story about Pocahontas County’s newest and youngest entrepreneurs, which we share with you. Joe!

“I’ve got a little story to tell you that happened at the little store in Hillsboro one morning, it was on a Sunday morning.” said Walker. “The lady that opened the store brought her two little kids -one in the third grade, one in the fifth. So, I was talking to these kids, and they were pretty tight (with me), but we decided we were going to start a business. Their job was to do the work, my job was to be the finance (chuckle.) so, we were going to sell fried apple pies- that’s what we were gonna do. So, I give em two bags of apples and a twenty-dollar bill for an investment, and they start making apple pies, and they started making apple pies. And on Wednesday they sold their first forty -they weren’t very big- for a buck a piece, but they came out on top. And the next move was -they had a little bit of working capital now- so, they were going to se up at the (Little Levels) Heritage Festival.  They said ‘we don’t have anyplace to set up; and I said ‘you set up right besides us, we’ll be right there. We got leverage, just come over and set up right there’ (audience laughter.) You seen em (indicating an audience member who added ‘Yea I bought two pies from them but they were two bucks a piece though” (audience laughter.)

“It was supposed to be a little bigger” said Walker (laughter continues.) “Best investment you’ll ever make.” Audience member added “Yea, they were good.”

“So anyway, the little one didn’t have any interest in this until she heard the word ‘money’”(more laughter) said Walker. “she’s all in and she’ll work like a dog (laughter), but anyway, it was a really good thing, and all of the people in town supported their little business. It was a lot of fun. And there was a guy in town, he is a mentor for the Davis Business college at Butler University. He was ready for them on Wednesday morning about labeling and marketing and all this stuff. Well, the little girls got out of the car and looked at me and said their mother has an embroidering machine. And it had one there- it was JKP and right below it said ‘Not your Mama’s pies.’ (laughter) He said ‘there is nothing I can teach them. (laughter) So, there we go.”

I hope you enjoyed that as much as I, and the others that were there did.

Approved Personnel Agenda

  • EMPLOYMENT of Julie Shiflet. As Principal at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, at state basic salary based on degree and experience plus equity (includes State Minimum Salary Increment Schedule), effective July 29, 2019 for the 2019-2020 School Year. Term of employment is 200 days.
  • EMPLOYMENT (from Preferred Recall List) of Sarah C. Brown, as Teacher of Early Education at Hillsboro Elementary School, at state basic salary based on degree and experience. Effective for the 2019-2020 school year. Term of employment is 200 days.
  • RESIGNATION of Teresa Rhea. Due to retirement, as Teacher of Mathematics at Marlinton Middle school, retroactive to July 1, 2019.
  • RESIGNATION of Rickey I. Sharp as Teacher of Science at Pocahontas county High School retroactive to the first day of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • RESIGNATION of M. Susan Arbogast as Academic Interventionist at Marlinton Elementary School, retroactive to the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
  • EMPLOYMENT of Virginia Shaw as Academic Interventionist at Marlinton Elementary School at $20.00 per hour, 3 hours per day as needed, not to exceed $7,000, effective September 2, 2019 through May 25, 2020.
  • RESIGNATION of Kaitlyn Wratchford as Itinerant Teacher of special Education/Autism for the Pocahontas County Schools (assignment Marlinton Elementary School). Effective June 30, 2019.
  • EMPLOYMENT OF Cory L. Rexrode as School Bus Operator for Pocahontas County Schools, at state basic pay, effective for the 2019-2020 school year. Term of employment is 200 days.



Story By

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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