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POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Board of Education met recently to discuss routine business matters, voting on out-of-county parent requests and special contract matters for the 2013-14 year.


Randy Searls, board president, called the meeting to order. Present were vice-president Greg Fowler, and members Thomas Nunnery, Paul Sayre and Dale Shobe.


Searls recommended the board accept some of the students from Cabell County whose parents or guardians have requested they attend Mason County Schools. He also recommened the board grant the requests of parents or guardians within Mason County who have requested their students attend Cabell or Jackson County Schools.The motions carried by unanimous vote.The board also voted to deny the requests of some parents or guardians from counties outside Mason County that their students attend Mason County Schools. This is due to factors such as high student enrollment numbers in Mason County.


The board voted to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Mason County Board of Education and Southwestern Community Action, Inc., to define the collaboration agreement between both parties for the 2013-14 school year. The board also voted to approve the resignation of Jim McGivern, English teacher at at Point Pleasant High School.


The board also approved the employment of the following personnel: Abby Ehman, speech-language pathologist, central office itinerant. The board voted to rescind the transfer of Jessie Farley, kindergarten teacher, as the reason for the transfer no longer exists.


The board approved the employment of the following personnel: Matthew Douthit, vocational agriculture teacher; David Deweesm Jr., mechanic; James Robinson, mechanic; Timothy Hall, electronic technician.


The board also approved the employment of the following personnel: Stephen Martin, athletic assistant at Point Pleasant High School, pending WVSSAC/WVDE certification; Tracy McCormick, athletic assistant at Point Pleasant High School; George Smith, soccer coach at Point Pleasant Junior High School; Amy Layne, athletic assistant at Wahama High School; Ruth Billings, summer homebound teacher, central office.


The board voted to approve the extension of US Foods for the 2013-14 school year, and approved Broughton’s Dairy, which was the only submitted bid, for the delivery of milk products for the 2013 school year. The board also approved Heiner’s Bakery for the delivery of bread products.


The board voted to approve the contract between Mason County and Debra Eddy, who will provide psychological services for the 2013-14 school year, and Diane Foreman, who will provide educational diagnostic services for the 2013-14 school year, and Douglas sturgeon, who will provided contracted hearing impaired teacher services for the 2013-14 school year. The board also voted to approve the contract between Mason County and Douglas Sturgeon, who will provide contracted services as the gifted and exceptional teacher, and the agreement between Mason County Board of Education and Southwestern Community Action, Inc., who will provide preschool services to eligible Mason County children for the 2013-14 school year.


The board will convene in a special policy and regular business meeting at 6 p.m., July 30, at the Mason County Career Center.


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