Three Pocahontas Teachers Nominated for State Awards

At the Pocahontas County BOE meeting on December 5th, Superintendant Lynne Bostic announced that three teachers have been nominated for awards by the West Virginia Reading Association (WVRA.)

  1. Melissa Walker, a 5th grade teacher at Marlinton Elementary School was nominated for the Dr. Jennie Bechtoid Award, which is a prestigious award that recognizes educators who have less than 5 years experience who have made outstanding contributions to helping students become proficient readers.
  2. Erin Murphy, a 6th and 7th grade language arts teacher at Marlinton Middle School, has been nominated for the Eddie C. Kennedy Award, for making outstanding contributions to literacy in grades K-12.
  3. Stephanie Burns, the Instructional Coach and Coordinator of the Pocahontas County Schools’ Reading Literacy Program, has been nominated for the Madge McDaniel Award, which recognizes an educator or administrator who has made outstanding contributions to the field of reading literacy.

All three were recognized at the WVRA Conference at the Greenbrier Resort.

Duane Gibson, the Director of Maintenance, Transportation, and Safety, presented an update to the board members. Regarding Maintenance, he told them:

  • The Marlinton Elementary School Roof Replacement has been progressing, but had to halt at the Boiler Room until the boilers, which have been delivered are installed. The hold-up on the boilers was trying to figure out which building code they need to follow, the National Board Inspection Code or the International Building Code. They have decided to follow the International Building Code since it is more stringent.
  • He commented that there was a major issue with the heating at Green Bank Elementary/Middle School on November 2nd and 3rd, which cause them to close the school on November 3rd. The issue has now been resolved, and was related to having air in the lines which restricted circulation of the system, although they are still experiencing some rooms cooler than others.
  • The replacing of conventional lights with LED’s is progressing.
  • For student safety, they will need to fence off areas around Marlinton Elementary School once the demolition of the old Board Office starts in the spring.
  • They have made progress in fixing the heating system problems at PCHS which cause some rooms to be colder than others.

Regarding Transportation, Gibson said they are transporting 787 of the 922 students on school busses every day, but hiring Substitute Bus Drivers is very difficult.

Additionally at the meeting, the board:

  • Approved hiring Crist Consulting to assess the Career Technical Education, or CTE programs in the schools. They will also provide coaching and training for the CTE teachers.
  • Approved paying the State Auditor $25,350, which is required for the auditor to do the required annual state audit of the school system.
  • They approved the recommended personnel actions. Which you can view by opening the following link: 11-14-23 Official BOE Agenda PDF


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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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