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Minutes of the Regular Meeting of the
Board of Education of the County of Roane

October 22, 2020

6:00 pm @ Roane County High School, Spencer, WV

  1. This meeting may be joined remotely. The public can join by calling 1-304-553-7794 and entering the conference ID 792 598 120 or by joining on Microsoft Teams using this link.
  2. Presentations
    1. Positively ChargedWe certified the data collection for WVDE this year. This includes enrollment, Special Education, CTE completers, etc. The big one this year was the high school graduation rate. Our board goal was to get our four-year graduation rate up to 90% this year and in fact we set a record of 94.8%.
    2. Public Participation
    3. Student AchievementNow that we have surpassed our goal by such a large margin, we can now focus on raising the quality of our graduates to assure our graduates are ready for enlistment in military, enrollment in higher education, or employment.
  3. New Business for Consideration and Potential Action
    1. Discussion of Changes in State Guidance Regarding COVID-19 in Schools
    2. Potential Changes to Local Protocol Related to COVID-19 Reflective of Changes in State Guidelines
    3. Update on Enrollment and Current Operations
      1. 2020-21 October 1 Enrollment
      2. Personnel Planning for 2021-22
      3. Distance Learning Program
      4. Partnership with Roane General HospitalMotion by Daris Harper and seconded by James Minney to approve. Motion carried. (7:49 pm)Mr. Boggs abstained from the vote.
  4. Consent Agenda - (Action)Motion by James Minney and seconded by Daris Harper to approve the following consent agenda as recommended by Richard Duncan, Superintendent. Motion carried. (8:06 pm)
    1. Approval of minutes of regular board meeting on October 6, 2020
    2. Financial
      1. Transfers/supplements to the budget
      2. Payments of bills as submitted; pre-approval to release checks not to exceed $20,000 prior to the next board meeting
      3. Financial Reports
    3. Policies
    4. Contract(s) / Agreement(s) / Bid(s)
      1. MOU with Burlington United Methodist Family Services, Inc., regarding collaboration for student supports
      2. MOU with Blueprints regarding collaboration for student supports
      3. MOU with Braley & Thompson regarding collaboration for student supports
      4. COVID-19 Addendum to Articles of Agreement with Glenville State College to Allow for Student Teachers as Restricted Short-Term Substitutes
    5. Field trip(s)
    6. Volunteer(s)
    7. Student Transfer(s)
  5. Personnel Consent Agenda - (Action)Motion by James Minney and seconded by Daris Harper to approve the following personnel items as recommended by Richard Duncan, Superintendent. Motion carried. (8:10 pm)
    1. Resignation(s)
      1. Baker, Muriah - Coach, Girls Basketball (Spencer Middle School), effective October 14, 2020
      2. Hively, Amanda - Coach, Girls Basketball (Walton Elementary / Middle School), effective October 20, 2020
      3. Williams, James - Assistant Coach, Boys Basketball (Roane County High School), effective October 22, 2020
    2. Employment(s)
      1. DiGennaro, Jessica - Substitute teacher (RCS - Substitutes), effective October 23, 2020, restricted use only per WVDE Policy 5202 Emergency Waiver
      2. Taylor, Kristie - Substitute teacher (RCS - Substitutes), effective October 23, 2020, restricted use only per WVDE Policy 5202 Emergency Waiver
      3. Collins, Norma - Teacher / Business Education & FBLA Advisor (Roane County High School), effective October 26, 2020, pending CIB clearance
      4. Keiffer, Bryan - Coordinator of Technology (RCS - Central Office), effective October 26, 2020, pending CIB clearance and release from current employer
    3. Extracurricular(s)
      1. Jarvis, Betsy - Cook for After School Supper Program (Roane County High School), effective October 23, 2020
      2. Stockner, Shannon - Cook for After School Supper Program (Roane County High School), effective October 23, 2020
      3. Freeland, Tina - Cook for After School Supper Program (Roane County High School), effective October 23, 2020
  6. Reports of Committees
    1. Roane-Jackson Technical Center Administrative Council (10/20/2020)Schedule differences between Roane and Jackson Counties have made it a rough year for the Vo-tech Center. Since it is a multi-county center, contact tracing has been difficult since they're in contact with high schools in different places. Fortunately, some of the courses contain very small groups due to the nature of the programs provided. Dealing with Jackson County and Mid-Ohio Valley Health departments have been tough when they have different views on things. SBA projects are just about wrapping up. Finishing payments on a project from 2 years ago. Wrapped up on some projects for this year consisting of classroom builds and replacement of original plumbing and fixtures. Coming up, a neighboring piece of land is currently for sale. The center does not currently have the funds to purchase this land so that responsibility would fall on the boards of both counties. This is something we can consider for the future.
  7. Superintendent's RemarksThere will be Covid testing throughout the week. We will need to watch very closely for the Saturday update. We are back in gold, but we must watch our status on Saturday. Also, Covid-19 has really affected our extracurriculars. We're concerned that some restrictions on certain sports are just not enough. Remember that safety is our priority. For safe school entrances, glasswork went in at RCHS and should be put in tomorrow at SES. We are now tracking an issue in the SES parking lot. Right in the middle, there is an obvious base failure, which wasn't repaired well enough. We will ask the contractor to fix this issue. iPads have gone out. It has been easier to manage the issues on the iPads, as opposed to the laptops.
  8. Adjournment
    1. Adjourn until the next regular meeting, on Thursday, November 5, 2020, at 6:00 pm at Roane County High SchoolMotion by Eileen Richardson and seconded by Daris Harper to approve. Motion carried. (8:30 pm)