PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education is adding to its finance department as it voted to change the title of one position, create another and reinstate a third.
Director of Finance Justin Bosley spoke to the board about the needs the department is facing. He said his staff is facing an overwhelming workload with over 50 projects the department has started since April.
“I care deeply about my staff,” Bosley said. “And them coming to me missing out on family events, or not being able to have time with their children at night, is near and dear to my heart. It’s really important to me that we focus on that, especially heading into the bond, and such.”
Superintendent Christie Willis said during the her update that the district has published its first of two Class II legal advertisements and would continue to keep the public updated as the bond process advances.
Bosley said the ARP ESSER Funds and the upcoming bonds are important aspects of the finance department.
“I really want to focus on the amount of workload that goes into it,” Bosley said.
During the consent agenda the board approved the creation of a professional accountant, to change the position of Secretary III/Auditor/Buyer to Secretary III/Accountant III and to reinstate the position of the Assistant Director of Finance to help assist the finance department. The board also approved a number of other personnel and financial matter during the consent agenda. A full list can be found at the end of this story.
The board also heard presentations about ADA Facilities Compliance Report by Chris Mancuso from Pickering Associates, and a staffing and policy update from John Merritt, assistant superintendent of human resources, and Stephanie Cunningham, certification and teaching licensure administrator.
Cunningham said there are 57 professional positions open, there are 57 new hires and 108 transfers. Merritt said there are about 200 service personnel who are new or have transferred with about 40 open positions. That included nine cooks, 11 custodians, 13 aides, four bus drivers and two secretary positions.
“I feel very confident that the cooks, and the custodians, and the secretary jobs will be filled,” Merritt said. “It’s just a matter of testing.”
Merritt ended by saying no one would walk into an empty class at the beginning of the school year.
The board recognized many individuals as Wood County Schools Heroes for their efforts to clean up water the first week of August after a recent accident at Parkersburg High School saw the sprinklers damage the auditorium and then storms in the area caused more damage at schools in the county. A full list of those recognized can be found below.
The board named Sonya Ashby for the appointment to the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library Board with a 3-2 vote. Justin Raber and Debbie Hendershot voted no to the appointment.
According to Ashby’s resume she was a teacher at the Stem Academy for the 2022-2023 school year, is the graphic arts instructor at PHS this year and spent seven years as the librarian at Lubeck Elementary.
The next regular meeting of the Wood County Board of Education will be Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the corner of Plum and 13th streets in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public and will be streamed online.
On Aug. 6 Parkersburg High School auditorium had sprinklers triggered. On Sunday evening many employees who work at PHS arrived to assess the damage and begin working.
Officer Jeremy Bell, Parkersburg Police Department
Chris Way, Athletic Director
Kelley Ray, Assistant Principal
Whitny Gesell, Assistant Principal
Jennifer Martin, Head Custodian
Lisa Hartley, Custodian
Kathy Conrad, Custodian
Ethan Martin, Custodian
Stacy Hunt, Custodian
Teresa Abbott, Custodian
On Aug. 7 Steve Reiner, teacher at PHS, and his son, Jake, were working to save the equipment in the robotics room.
Steve Reiner, Teacher
Worked to keep water out of the Jack Stephens gymnasium, the ROTC classrooms, and the Field House on Aug. 7.
Linda Daugherty, Custodian
Daniel Fuenty, Custodian
Robert Jenkins, Custodian
Ed Perine, Custodian
Larry Shepard, Custodian
Ben Badgely, Custodian
Jennifer Martin, Head Custodian
Stacy Hunt, Custodian
Brian Drake, Drake Construction
Cleaned up the water Annex at PHS
Matt Kimes, Head Football Coach
Zach Nolan, Coach
Dan Lott, Coach
Richard Farley, Coach
D. J. Carozza, Coach
Tom Harvey, Coach
Brandon Gregory, Coach
Adam Goudy – Guard Restoration
On Aug. 7 heavy rains and storms created water issues in some of the county’s schools. The WCS Heroes worked clean up water and save WCS property which prevented further damage and destruction.
Tara Swiger, Assistant Principal
Sheila McPherson, Secretary
Dave Moore, Custodian
Bill Schmidt, Custodian
Bo Cox, Substitute Custodian
Jonathan Farley, Director of Technology
Parkersburg South High School
Ron McConnell, Custodian
Damon Sampson, Custodian
Kelly Anthony, Custodian
Steve Wells, Custodian
Items approved during the consent agenda:
* Cooperative Strategies Contract not to exceed $50,000
* CMTA Pay App 32 in the amount of $132,534.13
* Change Order #1 from Phoenix Associates, Inc., to extend the completion date of WCS Refrigeration Warehouse repairs to Dec. 29, 2023, due to material lead times
* AFL-CIO Appalachian Head Start Contract for collaborative Pre-K Services – sharing of costs for classrooms for 2023-2024 school year
* Reinstatement of the position of the Assistant Director of Finance
* To create a new position, Professional Accountant
* To change the position of Secretary III/Auditor/Buyer to Secretary III/Accountant III
* Edison Middle School HVAC Renovations for change order to extend substantial completion date to Oct. 6, 2023. (no charge)
* Murray Sheet Metal, Inc., be awarded the Martin Elementary School HVAC contract in the amount of $2,170,378.00 (includes Base Bids & Alternate 1)
* Inspire Learning Environment Planning, LLC., for Educational Specifications (Ed Specs) for three new elementary schools for programming education specifications at a cost of $39,800