School board looking at RIF list


Beth Sergent - bsergent@civitasmedia.com



POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Board of Education met this week, where among the discussion, was a Reduction in Force (RIF) list.

This week’s agenda included a RIF list which reflected a mixture of uncertainty of federal funding and financial constraints on the county, according to a statement from Mason County Schools.

The statement goes on to say, for the 2016-17 school year, Mason County expects to cut 20.5 positions, eight of those positions are in the service personnel area and 12.5 are in the professional personnel area, with 5.5 of those positions currently vacant. This means Mason County Schools are cutting total 15 positions. A portion of that 15 have been placed in other positions within the county.

The RIF lists as approved by the Mason County Board of Education this week, appeared as the following agenda items:

Approve the placement of the following Professional Personnel on the Reduction In Force List, for the 2016-17 school year: Melissa Barnett-Reconfiguration of Program/Uncertainty of Funding; Ronald Browning-Reconfiguration of Program/Uncertainty of Funding; Bradley Clay-Displaced by More Senior Employee; Maria Eshenaur-Uncertainty of Funding; Elena Goldblum-Reconfiguration of Program/Uncertainty of Funding; Tiffany Hersman-Displaced by More Senior Employee; Marla Ingels-Reconfiguration of Program/Uncertainty of Funding; Christana Long-Reconfiguration of Program/Uncertainty of Funding; Millicent Kimble-Lack of Need; Carol Newlon-Lack of Need; Melissa Sheets-Displaced by More Senior Employee; Ruth Sheets-Reconfiguration of Program/Uncertainty of Funding.

Approve the placement of the following Service Personnel on the Reduction In Force List for 2016-17 school year: Kelli Cottrill-Reconfiguration of Program/Displaced by More Senior Employee; Sheila Flora-Lack of Need; Danetta Hatfield-Displaced by More Senior Employee; Stephanie Hatfield-Reconfiguration of Program; Virginia Hughes-Displaced by More Senior Employee; Gena Jeffers-Reconfiguration of Program/Displaced by More Senior Employee; Candy Robinson-Lack of Need; Diana Scarberry-Lack of Need; Amanda Stanley-Displaced by More Senior Employee.

Approve the placement of the following Interventionist Positions on the Reduction in Force List for the 2016-17 school year, due to Uncertainty of Funding: Laura Blain, Blair Bumgarner, Jane Burdette, Judith Camden (two positions), Deborah Cottrill (two positions), Nakita Garnes, Amy Grady, Pam Hay, Carolyn Hesson, Amilda Noll-Thompson, Beverly Pickens, Sherry Pullin, Rebecca Roll, Jodie Roush, Mona Romans.

Approve the placement of the following Site Base Manager Positons on the Reduction In Force List for the 2016-17 school year, due to Reconfiguration of Program: Ryan Adkins, Korie Burns, Dianne Clark, Stephanie Dickens, Amanda Evick, Penni Grubb, William Hamm, Derrick Layton, Ashley Ord, Charlotte Oshel, Cherry Weikle.

Approve the placement of the following Simulated Workplace Position on the Reduction in Force list for the 2016-17 school year, due to Reconfiguration of Program: Lorita Carr

Approve the placement of the following Parent Coordinator Positions on the Reduction in Force List for the 2016-17 school year, due to Uncertainty of Funding: Robin Martin, Paula McCarty, Cherie Pearson.

Approve the placement of the Save the Children Positions on the Reduction in Force list for the 2016-17 school year, due to Uncertainty of Funding: Tonya Bonecutter, Deborah Cottrill, Susan Williamson, Brenda Withers.

Approve the placement of the following Sail Ahead Literacy Position on Reduction in Force List for the 2016-17 school year, due to Uncertainty of Funding: Leah Hatfield

Other agenda items approved this week:

Approve the two separate requests for two Mason County Students to attend School in Jackson County for the 2016-17 school year.

Approve Taco Bell, Little Victories, Mason County Development Authority and Shaw and Shaw, Attorneys at Law, as work-based learning sites, effective through September 30, 2017.

Approve the transfer of Andrew Blain, 7-12 Grade PE/Health Teacher, Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High, to .5 PE/Health Point Pleasant Intermediate School/.5 Point Pleasant Jr/Sr High, effective 2016-17 school year. County will be the funding source.

Approve the employment of Danielle Neal, Mark Bell, and Terry Rollins, as substitute teachers for the 2015-16 school year. County will be the funding source.

Approve FMLA to Melissa Abshire, custodian, Wahama Jr/Sr High, for a maximum of 12 weeks unpaid leave. Grant FMLA, to Kelli Cottrill, secretary, Leon Elementary School for a maximum of 12 weeks unpaid leave. Grant FMLA for Kelly McCarty, aide, Hannan Jr/Sr High, for a maximum of 12 weeks unpaid leave.

Approve the employment of Jessica Porter, Heather Lloyd and Judith Camden, as Math Field Day Coaches, Central Office Itinerant, on an as needed basis, effective Feb. 25. State Curriculum Trip Grants monies will be the funding source

Approve the ratification of orders issued, transfers and supplements. Check Numbers 92563 thru 92672 and Purchase Card number 1696 thru 1713. Total Amount: $520,868.16.

A special reduction in force/transfer hearing meeting will be at 4 p.m., Feb. 29, Mason County Career Center.

Special statutory business meeting will be March 8, Mason County Career Center, 5:45 p.m.; regular business meeting, 6 p.m., March 8, Mason County Career Center/Hartley Building; regular business meeting, 6 p.m., March 22, Mason County Career Center/Hartley Building.

Board members in attendance for this week’s meeting were Jared Billings, Paul F. Sayre, Dale Shobe, Tom Nunnery, Greg D. Fowler.

Beth Sergent

bsergent@civitasmedia.com

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

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