PCHS Principal Seeking Money For Summer And Afterschool Programs

Marlinton, WV – Pocahontas County HS Principal Tom Sanders wants to once again offer summer and afterschool programs in Pocahontas County schools. To that end, he’s submitting an application for a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant to the WV Dept of Education. He spoke to the PC BOE Monday night about the program. He says the application submitted by the county last year came very close to being funded.
“Last year, we were number 15 of 30 applications submitted and 14 were funded ” says Sanders.

The application is for $301,185.00, covering both summer school and afterschool programs. $137,650.00 in local matching funds are provided by the board of education and other local organizations. Sanders says the state will distribute about 2 million dollars thru the 21st learning program. Competition is fierce, but Sanders is hopeful Pocahontas will be chosen this year.

In other business, school treasurer Alice Irvine gave the board some homework to look over before the next board meeting. First was the agreement with PC Parks and Recreation concerning the community wellness center, to be built adjacent to Marlinton Elementary School. Irvine says the agreement is essentially the same as the one agreed to previously, with some minor modifications.

Irvine also asked the board to examine the deed agreement with the Green Bank Church of God. The deed grants a small piece of board land to the Church of God for their use for the sum of 1.00. If the church ceases to exist, the land reverts back to board ownership. Both documents will be on the next agenda for final approval.

Diane Delfino announced the dates for Pre-Kindergarten registration. The dates are as follows:
Marlinton Elementary – School Daze (Buckeye site) on April 14 from 4 to 7pm at MES

Hillsboro Elementary – School Daze (Buckeye) on April 21st 3 to 6pm at HES

Green Bank Elementary – School Daze (Green Bank site) on April 28th from 1 to 6pm at GBES

On the personnel agenda, the board accepted the resignation of school Superintendent Dr. Patrick Law, pending the approval of his contract with Wood County schools. Renee Hill will be a itinerant special education classroom aide/bus aide/ paraprofessional for the county school system. Michelle Arbogast and Brittany Propst are hired as substitute teachers for the remainder of the school year. The board also approved a change in pay for Darin McKenney and Charles A Wilfong due to increased job duties.

The next meeting of the PC BOE is Monday, March 8th.

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