Pocahontas County BOE Discusses Reentry, Calendar, & Curriculum

At the July 21 Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Terrence Beam explained that the re-entry committee has met to discuss how students and employees will return to the schools this fall and how instruction will be provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Listen for our upcoming story in which we talk with Beam in detail about this school reentry plan.

Beam also discussed the revised school calendar. You can hear Beam discuss that calendar in detail in a recent news story which can be found on our website, alleghenymountainradio.org.

In other updates:

  • Lynne Bostic provided information on the Community in Schools Program which she hopes to implement this year in Pocahontas County Schools. Bostic explained that this program will provide mentors for at risk students and tutoring for students who are behind in their studies.
  • Ruth Bland said she has created a student device loaner program policy for students during virtual learning and social distancing. She also said that parents will have an option to request that their child receive all their instruction through virtual learning, however, the student must have displayed enough skill, such as functioning at grade level, that it is likely they can succeed in a virtual learning situation

Bland also added that if the student is participating in virtual learning and there is an internet outage, the Board of Education will have to find a way to ensure the student has alternative access to internet to continue their studies.  At the high school level, there will be a teacher at the school all day to work with and assist those kids who are in virtual learning. Bland said she recently purchased 100 webcams on tripods which teachers can use in the classroom for students attending virtually.

Regarding transportation, Bland informed the board that bus drivers are aware that the buses will have to be disinfected more often and they are coming up with ways to ensure the buses are sanitized after each run. She said that they are purchasing electrostatic cleaners to assist with this. She also said that the filters on each bus will have to be removed, cleaned and reinstalled at least weekly.

In miscellaneous management, the board approved the following:

  • Sue E. Hollandsworth as the Pocahontas County Board of Education representative on the Southern Educational Services Cooperative (SESC) Committee, retroactive to July 6, for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
  • H. Samuel Gibson as the Pocahontas County Board of Education representative on the West Virginia Extension Office Committee, retroactive to July 6, for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
  • Morgan McComb to represent Pocahontas County Board of Education on the Day Report Committee for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
  • The updated Policy 3120.12 – Substitutes in Area of Critical Need and Shortage.
  • Agreement between Pocahontas County Board of Education and Pocahontas County Park and Recreation regarding the use and funding of the Wellness Center, retroactive to July 1, continuing until June 30, 3021.
  • Pocahontas County Schools COVID-19 waiver for students to participate in extracurricular activities as sanctioned by the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission [WVSSAC].
  • Andrea J. Sharp, a resident of Randolph County, to enroll her child in Pocahontas County Schools for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • The board also approved a number of personnel actions which can be found below,

Allegheny Mountain Radio would also like to thank Suzanne Stewart of the Pocahontas Times for assistance in preparing this story.

 

Personnel Actions

  • Assignment transfer of Janesa Henderson from counselor at Hillsboro Elementary School and Marlinton Elementary School, to counselor at Marlinton Elementary School, effective for the 2020-2021 school year. Term of employment shall remain 200 days.
  • Consent to change Felicia Smith from itinerant special education classroom aide/bus aide at Marlinton Middle School and Hillsboro Elementary School, to itinerant special education classroom aide/bus aide at Marlinton Middle School, effective for the 2020-2021 school year. Term of employment shall remain 200 days.
  • Employment of Kevin A. Thompson as half-time itinerant supervisory special education classroom aide/bus aide and half-time custodian III at Hillsboro Elementary School, at state basic salary, effective for the 2020-2021 school year. Term of employment is 210 days. 200 days as an aide/custodian and 10 days as a custodian.
  • Contract extension for extended summer feeding program by an additional three days, August 12 through 14, six hours per day, in order to implement new WVDE guidelines due to the changes in the 2020-2021 school calendar start date, stemming from COVID-19 restrictions, for the following individuals: Sherri Howe, Lora Sue Miller, Kevin Thompson and Emmet Doolittle.
  • Resignation of Callie Cronin Sams as teacher of science/biology at Pocahontas County High School.
  • Creation of position site coordinator of the Community in Schools Program at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, at state minimum salary based on degree and experience, for the 2020-2021 school year. Term of employment is 200 days. Salary to be paid by grant funding.
  • Creation of position site coordinator of the Community in Schools Program at Pocahontas County High School, at state minimum salary based on degree and experience, for the 2020-2021 school year. Term of employment is 200 days. Salary to be paid by grant funding.

 

The next board meeting will be Tuesday, August 11, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education conference room.

 

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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