New hires, new vehicle purchase on board agenda
by By Agnes Hapka
POINT PLEASANT — New employees, staff transfers and a new school bus were among items discussed at the recent Mason County Board of Education meeting.
Board president Randy Searls called the meeting to order. Also present were vice-president Greg Fowler, and members Thomas Nunnery, Paul Sayre and Dale Shobe.
The board approved the purchase of one, 2014 model, seventy-seven passenger, handicap-accessible school bus, to be purchased from Heritage Truck Centers, Cross Lanes, W.Va. Total cost of the vehicle will be $111,115. The funding source for this vehicle will be state aid bus monies.
The board also approved the following as drivers for the 2013 — 2014 school year: Lisa Albright, Dawn Anderson, Henry Arnold, Joyce Banks, Rhonda Blankenship, Amy Clark, Jack Cullen, Shawn Hawkins, Andrea Henderson and Erica Wroten. All driving records have been checked by the West Virginia Motor Vehicles Division. The board also approved new volunteers for the school year.
The board approved Safe Harbor Farms and S&C Dairy Farms as work-based learning businesses for the 2013 — 2014 school year, effective through September 30, 2014. The board also approved the resignation of Candace Bonecutter, 7-12 grade social studies teacher, Point Pleasant High School, effective October 10, 2013, and the employment of Jason Gump, fith grade teacher at Point Pleasant Intermediate School, effective September 23, 2013. County will be the funding source.
The board also approved the employment of the following: Kimberly Hunt, second grade teacher at Point Pleasant Primary School; Calee Reeves, general 7-12 grade science teacher, Wahama High School; Megan Noble, as a substitute teacher for the 2013-2014 school year; John Absten, bus operator; Dr. Karen Oldham, Principal Mentor, Hannan High School; Karen Wamsley, Aide, extra duty bus assignment; Shirley Billings, aide, extra duty bus assignment; Doris Deal, aide, extra duty bus assignment; Deloris Shepard, aide, extra duty bus assignment; Jennifer Cosgray, varsity cheerleading coach at Wahama High School.
The next regular business meeting will be at 6 p.m. on September 24, 2013, at the Mason County Career Center/Hartley Building.
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