The Tyler County Board of Education met on Monday, January 3, for a regularly scheduled meeting to discuss a food shortage, iReady diagnostics, resignations and more.
Luke Furbee was present to provide the Board with the terms of the deed for the PSD water booster station that will be placed on property owned by Tyler County Schools. Afterwards, Superintendent Shane Highley gave his report, stating that all Tyler County Schools have been approved and accredited to continue operating as a public school system. Discussion then began about the food shortage for school lunches.
“It is honestly mind-boggling that we are able to put a menu together right now,” Mr. Highley announced, saying they have to make runs to the Galaxy to substitute food items ensuring that each food group is met for each meal. He said there are sheets of food items being marked out of stock daily and are random each time, and it is out of the school’s control, but they will try their best to deal with the ever-changing situation as greatly as possible.
The iReady Diagnostic report from Sistersville Elementary was given, showing great progress from the students. With red representing students two or more grade levels below, Superintendent Highley said that the red is shrinking. Teachers will soon be reviewing the data to continue to help students who may be falling behind.
President Linda Hoover asked if there is a plan for remote learning if it is required once again. Highley explained that there are now programs installed that will prevent teachers from having to rush to get online lessons ready. The programs are for kids to review class materials while giving teachers enough time to prepare.
As for project updates, the outdoor recreation and workout stations have been installed as well as a new drain line to re-route water runoff away from sidewalks and stairs.
The TCHS Girls Soccer 2022 schedule was approved as well as the following trip requests: Matt Jennings requested permission for select members of the TCMS/HS Bands to participate in the Region VI WV Music Educator’s Association’s Solo and Ensemble Festival on Saturday, February 5, 2022 with bus transportation.
Jennings also requested permission for the TCHS Jazz Band to go to the Northern Regional Jazz Festival at University High School in Morgantown on Saturday, February 26, 2022 with bus transportation.
Other requests include Emily Deaton with Triple Threat Youth Wrestling requesting permission to use the TCHS gym, concession area and commons for the Regional Youth Wrestling Tournament on February 13, 2022. Suzette Miller requested permission for the following employees to be approved as members of the textbook committee for upcoming science materials/resources adoption: TCHS – Jacob Myer, Ryan Miglino, Lori Franks and Jessie Masters; TCMS – Kelly Myers, Jeff Maiden and Tomela Paden; AIB – Taylor Hess, Shanna Glover, Brenna Myer, Logann Kehrer and Kennedy Cain; SES – Cindy DiLuca, Mary Jane Moss, Judy Thoburn, Hannah Roberts and Jacki Long.
Under Resignations, Paden Morris resigned as Assistant Football Coach and Event Coordinator effective immediately and Tristan Boso resigned as TCMS Girls Track Coach effective immediately. The board unanimously approved Paden Morris to start work as TCHS Principal on January 10, 2022 rather than January 24, 2022.
After the payment of the bills, the meeting was adjourned. The next regularly schedule meeting will be held Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 7:00 PM at the Tyler County Board of Education Office.