After changing the regular scheduled Board of Education meetings from the first and third Mondays of each month to the second and fourth Mondays, the Clay County Board of Education met on Monday, July 27. With board member David Pierson absent, the remaining members promptly began the agenda at 6:00 pm. The customary items of approving the agenda and the minutes from the previous meetings came first and was followed by the approval of thirteen different students to transfer into Clay County.
Employment items followed on the agenda. The board accepted the resignation of Rena Hubbard from her position as Health Nurse at Clay High. Lindsey Schoolcraft was hired to fill the vacancy. Also, Beth Sanfield resigned as a math teacher at Clay Middle. Several shifts in employment are also taking place. At Clay High, Julie Greenlee transferred to AC Science and Innovations/Business teacher, Joy Proctor transferred to Science teacher and Katelin Thomas transferred to Multiple Disabilities Resource Room teacher. At the elementary level, Katelyn Deem transferred to Multiple Disabilities Resource Room teacher at Big Otter, Britni Ramsey transferred to Title I at Clay Elementary, and Alisha Holcomb transferred to 4th grade at Clay Elementary. New hires include Krashella Nichols as a Math teacher at CCMS, and Corey Stricker as 5th grade teacher at Clay Elementary.
Extended year employment contracts were also entered into for two multi-categorial teachers and one aide. Diana Bullard transferred from Bus 82 to Bus 69, with Rene Moore taking over the Bus 82 route. The board approved the motion to rescind the termination/transfer of several employees from the February 23, 2015 board meeting.
Discussion following the agenda included the changes to WV truancy law. According to Superintendent Kenneth Tanner, the state is requiring each county to hire a truancy diversion specialist to set up interventions with students who are truant. The board received a letter from Judge Facemire outlining the new requirements, but Tanner plans to meet with him soon to further discuss the county’s options.
The board also gave an update on the fitness center. Although nothing has been finalized, the Board of Education is pursuing the placement of two LifeBridge Americorps employees to man the facility. With plans in the works to keep the center open six days a week, a new lower fee is also being proposed.
A new time recording system for employees is also in the future for Clay County. The board discussed problems with the current monthly paper time keeping system, stating the absences and tardiness were not readily disclosed. The details of the new system were not immediately clear, however a representative of the company is to perform a demonstration of the equipment and answer questions before the system is integrated into schools.
The next board of education meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 10 at 6:00 pm.