Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

The Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting Monday night was bittersweet for board vice president Cheryl Beverage as it was her last meeting after four years of service.

Board members and superintendent Terrence Beam thanked Beverage for her service and gave her a standing ovation.

“I just want to personally thank Mrs. Beverage for her service,” Beam said. “She has been a supporter for me ever since she has been on the board and I worked in this office. I just want her to know that I appreciate everything that she did to help me.”

Board president Emery Grimes also expressed his appreciation to Beverage.

“I have worked with Mrs. Beverage for the last four years, and I can tell you this evening, she has been here for the students of Pocahontas County,” Grimes said. “I really enjoyed [working with her]. Thank you for your service. You’re going to be missed.”

Rebecca Campbell was elected to take the seat vacated by Beverage. She will take her position at the July 11 meeting.

In updates:

• Pocahontas County High School 2016-2017 student representative Kayla Gibson introduced herself. Gibson is an upcoming senior. She plans to attend Ohio State College and pursue a degree as an oncology nurse. She said she is excited to work with the board and provide information about the students and programs at PCHS.

In miscellaneous management, the board approved the following:

• For the Pocahontas County Board of Education to join the West Virginia School Board Association during the 2016-2017 fiscal year, at a cost of $1,875.

• Contract between Pocahontas County Board of Education and Kay Wiley, to provide training to William J. Brown, teacher of driver’s education, during the summer of 2016, at $20 per hour, not to exceed 12 hours.

• Policies GBQC – Critical Need; KCB/LEBA – Pocahontas County Parent Involvement; and IKM – Dual Credit Advanced Placement.

• To place Policy IHF – Pocahontas County High School Graduation Requirements on 30-day comment period.

• David L. Moore as volunteer golf coach at Pocahontas County High School and Patrick “Cully” McCurdy as volunteer girls and boys soccer coach at Pocahontas County High School for the 2016-2017 season.

• Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting schedule for the 2016-2017 school year.

• Articles of Agreement between Pocahontas County Board of Education and West Virginia University, for University Student Pre-service and/or Student Teachers, effective for the 2016-2017 school year.

In personnel management, the board approved the following:

• Resignation of Sandra K. Perdue as custodian III at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, effective at the end of the 2015-2016 school year.

• Employment of Melissa Murphy as mentor for 21st CCLC Summer Program at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, effective June 21 through July 26, at $10 per hour, eight hours per day, not to exceed 200 hours.

• Employment of Michelle Murphy as mentor for 21st CCLC Summer Program at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, effective June 21 through July 26, at $10 per hour, eight hours per day, not to exceed 200 hours.

• Employment of Amanda Nottingham as site supervisor for 21st CCLC Summer Program at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School, effective June 21 through July 26, at $20 per hour, eight hours per day, not to exceed 200 hours.

• Consent to change Samantha J. Feather from teacher of multi-subjects fourth grade at Marlinton Elementary School to teacher of multi-subjects fifth grade at Marlinton Elementary School, effective for the 2016-2017 school year.

• Employment of Denise M. Elliott as teacher of orientation and mobility – extended year at Marlinton Middle School, effective June 6 through August 2, five hours per week, at daily rate of pay.

• Employment of Dorthie I. Shamblin as teacher – extended year at Marlinton Middle School, effective June 6 through August 5, two days per week, 7.5 hours per day at $20 per hour.

• Change in resignation date Denise M. Elliott as teacher of orientation and mobility for Pocahontas County Schools, from the end of the 2015-2016 school year to August 5.

• Employment of the following, effective for the 2016-2017 season at a designation supplement approved by the board of education:
Douglas Burns, head football coach, PCHS, $2,000.
Lawrence Workman, assistant football coach, PCHS, $500.
Aaron Pugh, assistant football coach, PCHS, $500
Matthew A. Buzzard, 7th and 8th grade head football coach, PCHS, $750.
Jared S. Bennett, assistant 7th and 8th grade football coach, PCHS, $500.
Timothy L. McClung, head boys basketball coach, PCHS, $1,650.
John Michael Kane, III, head girls basketball coach, PCHS, $1,650.
Allen Taylor, assistant girls basketball coach, PCHS, $500.
Darlene D. Arbogast, head cheerleading coach, fall and spring, PCHS, $1,000.
Shannon G. Arbogast, head boys soccer coach, PCHS, $1,500.
Shannon G. Arbogast, head girls soccer coach, PCHS, $1,500.
Richard I. Hartzell, softball coach, PCHS, $750.
Randall Irvine, baseball coach, PCHS, $750.
Jessica Shinaberry, EMT-athletic trainer, PCHS, $2,500.
Morgan McComb, athletic coordinator, fall sports, PCHS, $1,000.
Morgan McComb, athletic coordinator, springs sports, PCHS, $1,000.
Shannon G. Arbogast, head girls basketball coach, MMS, $750.
Skylar Knisley, head boys basketball coach, MMS, $750.

The board voted separately on the following personnel change:

• Requested transfer of Joseph W. Riley from principal at Marlinton Middle School to principal/coordinator of School-to-Work program, vocational education director, distance learning facilitation and alternative education coordinator at Pocahontas County High School, effective July 1 for the 2016-2017 school year, pursuant to WV Code 18A-4-2, in accordance with Pocahontas County Administrative Salary Schedule, commensurate with experience and educational level, plus $6,000 annual supplement. Term of employment is 240 days.

The change was granted with a 4-1 vote. Board member Steve Tritapoe voting against the motion.

The next board meeting is Monday, July 11, at 7 p.m., at the board of education conference room.