Pocahontas County BOE Creates two School Resource Officers Positions

At the January 24th Pocahontas County BOE Meeting, which was held at the Green Bank Elementary/Middle School, Superintendent Beam discussed the possible creation of up to two School Resource Officer positions to ensure safety at the schools.

Beam said there remains a number of questions about the authorities to be granted to those positions, including whether the retired law enforcement officers who would be hired should be armed or not at the schools as well as the types of actions to be taken by them in various behavior or security situations. He will not be able to actually create a job posting until the exact duties and authorities of those positions are determined. Beam said he has heard from several retired officers who expressed possible interest in these positions, and if the decision is made by the board to pursue creating the jobs, one would be posted mainly at PCHS, while the other position could roam the other 4 schools, but mostly be at the middle schools.

The board members did vote to approve the creation of these positions during the personnel Agenda, and Beam told them he will forward the details of those positions to the members for their comments, as soon as he decides on what duties should be included in the job postings.

During the Delegations portion of the meeting, Melia Thompson, the parent of a student at the Green Bank Elementary/Middle School said that the school needs two full-time principals, since it is both an elementary and a middle school, as well as a full-time instructional coach, and that it upsets her when she hears that the school hopes to improve its test scores in 3 to 5 years, since has a child at the school today,

During her report, Hailey Spencer, the student representative to the board, talked about “project Christmas” at PCHS

“We sent boxes to military students and to every military member from Pocahontas County,” said Spencer. “So, if they live here or if they came to school here or anything related to Pocahontas County, we sent them boxes. And we had our students send them letters and personalize their boxes, and they responded back to our students. We sent 78 boxes to these members, and we had a great success. And many community members and businesses donated a lot of supplies and money for this project.”

During his report, Superintendent Beam addressed issues that came up during the board’s meeting with service personnel which included:  Developing an orientation plan for service employees; Aides being given copies of their student’s IAPs; substitute service personnel not putting in a full day; that Aides can only recommend the discipline of students to a teacher but are authorized to supervise a class when no teacher is present; and that a policy is being considered requiring cash payments from employees who pay habitually pay their food bills with bad checks.

He also said that If substitutes don’t meet the minimum working requirements, they will be dropped from the list and If they haven’t worked at all, they might not be rehired.

Beam said he will need an executive session at a future board meeting to discuss the effect of the expiration of COVID money on their personnel decisions.

Beam said he met with Jay Miller and came to an understanding about his sharing his math tutoring strategies with elementary teachers and students.

Beam recognized all 55 student winners who placed first, second or third at the County Science Fair. You can see the names of all those winners listed at the end of this story on our website: www.alleghenymountainradio.org.

Sherry Radcliff reported that they hope to complete installation of HVAC systems at both middle schools in fall of 2023.

Ruth Bland talked about the Pre-School admissions policy, saying all four-year-olds will be admitted, but school assignments will be on a first-come, first -served basis.

Additionally, the board approved routine financial matters; the recommended personnel actions; a new fundraising event for the Green Bank School; and new community volunteers for the schools.


Superintendent’s Student Recognition—County Science Fair Winners

Place  Category School   Participant   Project Title
1st- Engineering HES Jase Hamilton Racing Downhill
3rd- Engineering MES Brantley Cox How Windmills Make Electricity?
2nd- Engineering MES Blake Alderman &

Alana Bennett

Newton’s Third Law


1st- Engineering MES Ava Fields mEGGA frop EGGstreme
1st- Life Science GBEMS Moriah Thompson Yay or Neigh
1st- Life Science HES Abigail Taylor Which Treat Will Diesel Eat?
2nd- Life Science MMS Jolene Workman &

Hailey Goldsberry

Relaxation Anyone
1st- Life Science MMS


Madilene Burns &

Julie Brown

Dominant Paw
2nd- Life Science MMS Sherry Walker The Germination Race
1st- Life Science MMS Willa Hardy SPROUTING BEANS
3rd- Life Science MMS Catherine Lucabaugh   & Kaidence Cutlip Do Turtles Respond To Bright Colors?
2nd- Life Science MMS Riyan Gladwell &

Ben Workman

Candy vs. Curtesy
1st- Life Science MMS Kenslee Lane &

Addison Hamrick

Greasy Fingerprints
3rd- Science MES Madelyn Albaugh How Much Salt Does it Take to Make an Egg Float?
2nd- Science GBEMS Gage Starks & Gaven Starks & Caleb Smith How Many Mentos?
1st- Science GBEMS Jenifer Taylor &      Cora Baldwin &   Aaliyah Lawson Balloon Buggy
3rd- Science HES Mackenzie White Walking Water
2nd- Science HES Jackson Tankersley Going The Distance
1st- Science GBEMS Madelyn Rittenhouse Balloon
3rd- Science GBEMS Noah Sharp Lava Lamp
3rd- Science GBEMS Karliana Boyd &  Kendall Taylor &

Ivy Moore

Does Color Affect Taste
2nd- Science HES Tara Hall Will Putting Salt In Water Make It Cook Faster?
1st- Science MES Jarrell Clifton &

Ace Gregory

Project Pop Explosion
3rd- Science MMS George Shifflett &    Silas Dean Lasting Lava Lamp (LLL)
2nd- Science MMS Chloe Annette Relighting Candles Without Using the Wick
1st- Science MMS Bella Arbogast Wishy Washy
3rd- Science MMS Irelyn Withers &    Rylee Alderman Rainbow Rum
2nd- Science MMS Emma Sacca &      Savana Sharp Bouncing Basketballs
1st- Science MMS Kegan Calhoun &   Hemi Hammons WHICH COIN WILL GLOW THE BRIGHTEST
3rd- Science GBEMS Saige Arbogast & Jacob Clemmer & Nathanael Barkley Under Pressure
2nd- Science GBEMS Baylee Nelson & Chaleigh Halterman     & Sierra Nelson Glow Stick Reactions
1st- Science GBEMS Thomas Arbogast & Morgan Beverage & Steven Queen Which Mass of Arrow Heads Penetrates the Deepest?

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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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