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The Tyler County Board of Education met on July 1, 2024 at the Tyler County Board of Education office in Middlebourne. Board members in attendance were Andy Shreves, Diana Stender, Scott Strode and Larry Thomas. Superintendent Shane Highley was also in attendance. Vice President Katrina Byers attended by phone. Others in attendance were Jeff Davis, treasurer; Tricia Feldmeier, human resources director; Stacey Roberts, executive secretary; Larry Flor, Jill Suter, Jim Suter, Chris Metz, Roger Weese, Camille Mace, Sue Skinner, Steve Reed, Mike Lenz and Randy Rutherford of the Tyler Star News.

After Diana Stender was elected to the vacant seat on the Board of Education, she resigned from her positions as substitute teacher and summer school teacher, effective June 30, 2024.

Newly elected board members Andy Shreves and Diana Stender were sworn in by Treasurer Jeff Davis for a four-year term.

The Board appointed Katrina Byers as President, replacing Linda Hoover, who retired from the Board after 25 years as a Board member. The Board also appointed Larry Thomas as Vice President.

The board then appointed the following members to the committees listed. Extension Service is represented by Andy Shreves. MOVTI Council is represented by Larry Thomas. Middlebourne Library Board is represented by Diana Stender and Sistersville Library Board is represented by Katrina Byers.

The minutes of the ordinary meeting of 17 June 2024 were approved.

Roger Weese spoke as a delegation on behalf of the taxpayers of Tyler County and welcomed the new members of the Board of Education. He also expressed the taxpayers’ interest in working with the Board to make Tyler County one of the best school systems in the state. Mr. Weese also noted that our county is blessed with an $80 million surplus and the Board needs to spend its money wisely and invest in the future.

Mr. Highley reported to the board on the progress of all the projects currently underway in the county. Mr. Highley spoke to the board about the possibility of future training for the board. One training he hopes to complete is from Bowles Rice, who provides training on Robert’s Rules of Order. Robert’s Rules of Order is the most widely used parliamentary procedure in the United States.

Mr Highley also reported that the meat lab had mold in the ceiling and sent it off for investigation. It appears that ventilation in the ceiling is needed to prevent this in the future.

The board approved the following personnel requests. Melinda Walton, Director of Special Education, requested authorization to destroy special education records that no longer need to be retained. Suzette Miller, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, requested authorization for Tyler County Schools to agree to a memorandum of understanding with Marshall University that will allow students at Tyler Consolidated High School to take dual credit courses. Krista DeVaughn requested the use of three buses for the Tyler County Back to School Bash sponsored by the Tyler County FRN and Tyler County Schools on August 6, 2024. The buses will transport families to and from the event. The buses will shuttle from Sistersville Park, McCormick Green/Timber Ridge Apartments in Sistersville, and the Stealey Green Center in Middlebourne. Shuttles will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the last shuttle will depart at 6:30 p.m.

The board then approved the following additional requests. Megan Campbell and Casey Goudy requested approval to hold a three-day soccer camp for the community from July 15-17, 2024. The camp will be led by Henry Zapata, head coach of the Texas State University soccer team. Sasha Farrell requested approval to use TCMS common areas and gymnasiums and gymnastics mats for gymnastics classes on Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. from July 7, 2024 through December 2024. The organization will be fully responsible for cleanup. Sasha Farrell will oversee this event. Matt Jennings requested approval for the following individuals to serve as summer band instructors: Aaron Statler, Mike Sutton, Crystal Sutton, George Kester, Mikayla Shamblen, Wayne Smith, Cindy Smith, and Mark Hardman. Connie Johnston requested permission to allow Hannah Kirk to continue to cross district lines to attend Tyler County Schools in the 2024-25 school year. David Dalrymple requested permission to allow Briley Dalrymple to cross district lines to attend Tyler County Schools in the 2024-25 school year. Roger and Chanda Spragg requested permission to allow Colsen Spragg to cross district lines to attend Tyler County Schools in the 2024-25 school year. Haley Weigle requested permission to allow Chance Weigle to cross district lines to attend Tyler County Schools in the 2024-25 school year. Whitney Radabaugh requested permission to allow Marcus Leasure to cross district lines to attend Tyler County Schools in the 2024-25 school year. Leslie Moser requested permission to allow Lane Moser to cross district lines to attend Tyler County Schools in the 2024-25 school year. Heather Johnson requested permission for Hailee Johnson, Holly Johnson and Hannah Ruble to cross district lines to attend Tyler County Schools in the 2024-25 school year. Josh and Ashton Smith requested permission for Addyson Smith to cross district lines to attend Tyler County Schools in the 2024-25 school year.

The Board has approved the following resignations. Miranda King has resigned from her position as substitute cook, effective July 5, 2024. Tisha Wall has resigned from her position as head coach of the girls basketball team at TCMS, effective immediately. Tiffany Throckmorton has resigned from her position as instructional assistant at SES, effective July 3, 2024.

At the motion of Andy Shreves, seconded by Scott Strode in a 5-0 vote, the Board began a closed session at 7:31 p.m. under Item 2, pursuant to School Laws WV 6-9A-4. “The appointment, employment, retirement, promotion, demotion, discipline, resignation, discharge, termination, or compensation of a public official or employee, or any other personnel matter, or the conduct of a hearing on a complaint against a public official or employee, unless the public official or employee concerned requests a public meeting.” The board adjourned the board meeting at 8:41 p.m. on a motion made by Scott Strode, seconded by Andy Shreves in a 5-0 vote.

Following the board meeting, the board rejected the following appointments, transfers and resignations by a vote of 2 to 3, with Andy Shreves, Diana Stender and Larry Thomas voting no. Hiring Savannah Weaver as a third grade teacher at SES, effective in the 2024-2025 school year. Hiring Mitchell Luke Cooper as a SPED including autism teacher at TCHS/TCMS, effective in the 2024-2025 school year, subject to certification. Hiring Jill Householder as a SPED including autism teacher at TCHS/TCMS, effective in the 2024-2025 school year, subject to certification. Hiring Theresa Dunham as a SPED including autism teacher at TCHS/TCMS, effective in the 2024-2025 school year. Hire Curtis Heintzman as a general science/biology teacher at TCHS, effective in the 2024-2025 school year, subject to certification. Hire Myra Boggs Dill as head volleyball coach at TCMS, effective immediately. Transfer Jessica Moffitt from special education teaching assistant/autism mentor at SES to special education teaching assistant/autism mentor at AIB, effective in the 2024-2025 school year. Transfer Jeremy Myer from bus driver and on route 41 to bus driver and on route 43, effective in the 2024-2025 school year. Hire Roger Young as school bus driver for the Wetzel County Technical Center afternoon route, effective at the start of the 2024-2025 school year.

The board approved payment of the bills and the meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m. The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, July 15, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at the Tyler County Board of Education office on Dodd Street in Middlebourne.