School board applying for SBA funding re: roof projects


By Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com



POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Board of Education is looking for funding to repair roofs at some local schools and is preparing to apply for money in the spring to address HVAC needs in the county.

At the most recent regular meeting, the board approved a “Needs” project for the School Building Authority regarding roofing projects at Ashton Elementary, New Haven Elementary, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High, Roosevelt Elementary and Wahama Jr/Sr High.

Superintendent Jack Cullen told the Point Pleasant Register the SBA will determine “Needs” funding on Dec. 12. The total estimate for the repairs is $2.4 million and, if approved, the work would begin next summer and should be completed by the end of 2017.

In addition to the roofing repairs, Cullen said he will recommend the board apply for funds to address issues with HVAC units in the spring under the SBA’s Major Improvement Grants program. Cullen said the grant will fund up to $1 million and, if funded, Cullen said he will apply for as many of these grants as he can get.

The SBA’s Needs Grant Funds are defined as the major capital improvement projects funded through the SBA’s General Construction Fund. County boards of education submit capital improvement projects to the SBA for funding consideration. Projects are submitted and evaluated pursuant to the SBA’s Policy and Procedures Handbook. The process involves: SBA and WVDE approval of county CEFP, SBA staff review including site visits, review and rating by the plan review team, and interviews by the authority with the county superintendents and board presidents. The authority then completes the process with their deliberation and selection of the projects.

The SBA’s Major Improvement Project (MIP) Funds are defined as a grant designed to address major improvements in existing facilities that are not fundable through the local maintenance budgets. These projects must be at least $50,000 but cannot exceed $1 million.

Additional action taken at the recent school board meeting:

Approved the following work-based sites for the 2016-17 school year: Body Barn Fitness/Body Barn Salon, Fetty Day Care, Dairy Queen of Middleport, Foxy Locks Salon, Fiesta Hair Salon, J&R Auto, Letart Machine, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Mason County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Performance Edge Racing, Point Pleasant Primary School, The Pizza Party, Tudor’s of Mason, Tyler Technologies, Vera’s Hair Salon, and Wendy’s of Gallipolis, West Virginia State Police.

Approved the request for a Cabell County student to attend Hannan Jr/Sr High, for the 2016/17 school year.

Approved FMLA for Janna Michaels, teacher, Ashton Elementary, for a maximum of 12 weeks intermittent, unpaid leave. Approved the resignation of Laura Cullen, third grade teacher, New Haven Elementary, effective Sept. 17. Accepted the resignation of Lewis Marcum, physics/mathematics teacher, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High, effective Sept. 29. Accepted the resignation of Stephanie Myers, sixth grade teacher, Ashton Elementary, effective Sept. 15. Accepted the resignation of Christopher Hill, LD/BD/MI/AU teacher, Ashton Elementary, effective Sept. 19. Approved the transfer of Carla Grady, library/media specialist, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High, to 7-12 grade English/LA teacher, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High, effective Sept. 29. Approved the transfer of Ashley Ord, AU/MI/OH teacher, Point Pleasant Primary School, to LD/BD/MI/AU teacher, New Haven Elementary, effective 2017-18 school year. Approved the employment of Moriah Beach, third grade teacher, New Haven Elementary, effective Sept. 29. Approved the employment of Jillian Fowler, school nurse, central office itinerant, effective Sept. 29.

Approved the following as substitute teachers for the 2016-17 school year: Joan Cornelius, Timothy Maloney, Samuel Saunders. Accepted the resignation of Ronald Heath, bus operator, effective Oct. 28, due to retirement. Accepted the resignation of Ronald Bradley, assistant varsity baseball coach, Wahama Jr/Sr High, effective Aug. 15. Accepted the resignation of Jenni Starkey, girls junior high basketball coach, Hannan Jr/Sr High, effective Sept. 29. Approved the employment of Tammy Burns, Title I mathematics interventionist, Hannan Jr/Sr High, on an as needed basis, effective Sept. 29. Approved the employment of Mona Romans, Title I English/LA interventionist, Hannan Jr/Sr High, on an as needed basis, effective Sept. 29.

Approved the ratification of orders issued, transfers, and supplements. Check numbers 94516 thru 94660 and purchase card numbers 1860 thru 1862. Total Amount: $580,543.15. Approved the ratification of check number 94661, to Greg Fowler, in the amount of $82.52, Fowler abstained from the vote.

Attending the meeting were Mason County Board of Education members Jared Billings, Dale Shobe, Fowler, Meagan Bonecutter, Rhonda Tennant, as well as Superintendent Jack Cullen.

The next regular business meeting is 6 p.m., Oct. 11, Mason County Board of Education Office.

By Beth Sergent

bsergent@civitasmedia.com

Reach Beth Sergent at bsergent@civitasmedia.com or on Twitter @BSergentWrites.

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