Suzanne Stewart\r\nStaff Writer\r\n\r\nAt the March 9 Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting, WVU Extension Service extension agent Luci Mosesso gave a report on the services provided in the past year to county students.\r\n\r\nThe Extension Service oversees 4-H clubs and organizations in the county and has had a busy year despite the COVID-19 pandemic.\r\n\r\n\u201cIn 2019 to 2020, we had one hundred forty-eight young people voluntarily enrolled in our program and that\u2019s about ten percent of the youth in Pocahontas County,\u201d Mosesso said. \u201cI\u2019m very thankful for that percentage.\u201d\r\n\r\nTwo of the largest events 4-H clubs participate in each year are the Livestock Show and Sale and the Ham, Bacon and Egg Sale. Mosesso said the two events in 2020 raised a total of $60,000.\r\n\r\n\u201cThat [money] went back to the children to reinvest in projects and was also put toward college funds.\u201d \r\n\r\nDuring 2020, the Extension Service provided more than 4,000 STEM kits to students. The kits were handed out at the schools and students were able to do experiments and projects in the STEM field \u2013 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.\r\n\r\nThe three middle school science teachers and retired science teacher Mary Sue Burns worked together to create the Kitchen Chemistry book, which includes experiments that can be done at home with easy to find household materials.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe\u2019ve done garden-based education programs and built a garden at Marlinton Elementary School, and we\u2019re working at Marlinton Middle School\u2019s high tunnel,\u201d Mosesso added. \u201cWe\u2019re going to have an open house this spring, which I hope you all can attend.\u201d\r\n\r\nMosesso also reported that 80 third through fifth grade students participated in the Know Your State Book program and learned more about their state.\r\n\r\nAs for the future, Mosesso said the Energy Express program has been approved for this summer and it will serve 32 elementary age children. Marlinton Elementary School will be the site for the program, which helps students catch up on their reading skills in a fun, activity-filled environment.\r\n\r\nThe board thanked Mosesso for her report and continued support of the students of Pocahontas County.\r\n\r\nIn updates:\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a0Superintendent Terrence Beam reported that the Pocahontas County High School FASFA rate is incredibly high this year, with an average of 54.3 percent of students signing up for the federal student aid program. He commended PCHS guidance counselor Linda Beverage and graduation coach Michelle Wilfong for their diligence in getting students signed up.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Director of curriculum, instruction and federal programs Lynne Bostic shared the winners of the Young Writers Contest. The three first place students will go on to represent Pocahontas County at the state level. First grader Aliza Cedarleaf, of Hillsboro Elementary School; fourth grader Trey Sattler, of Green Bank Elementary-Middle School; and fifth grader Madalynn Landis, of Marlinton Elementary School, were first place winners in their age groups for their stories.\r\n\r\nIn miscellaneous management, the board approved the following:\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a02021-2022 Pocahontas County Schools calendar.\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a0Annual Memorandum of Agreement, West Virginia University Cooperative Extension Service and the County Extension Service Committee with the Pocahontas County Board of Education, for the 2021-2022 school year.\r\n\r\nIn personnel management, the board approved the following:\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a0Employment of Barbara L. Siers as academic interventionist at Hillsboro Elementary School, at $22 per hour, three hours per day, as needed, not to exceed 195 hours or $4,290, effective March 11, for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Employment of Cynthia L. Solak as teacher of science\/biology at Pocahontas County High School, at state minimum salary based on degree and experience plus equity, effective first day of the 2021-2022 school year. Term of employment is 200 days.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Resignation of Randall W. Irvine as baseball coach for Pocahontas County High School, effective February 26.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Employment of Ernest Ray Hendrick as baseball coach for Pocahontas County High School for the 2020-2021 season, at a supplement of $1,125. Pending sufficient number of players to make a team.\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a0Volunteer coach Randall W. Irvine as volunteer assistant baseball coach for Pocahontas County High School for the 2020-2021 season, as needed.\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a0Volunteer coach Laurel B. Dilley as a part-time volunteer assistant coach for the Pocahontas County High School boys and girls track and field teams for the 2020-2021 season, as needed.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Volunteer coach Justin M. Dilley as a part-time volunteer assistant coach for the Pocahontas County High School boys and girls track and field teams for the 2020-2021 season, as needed.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Unpaid medical leave of Cailey D. Moore as itinerant teacher of special education \u2013 multi-categorical \u2013 autism at Marlinton Elementary School, effective March 17 or upon exhaustion of personal leave, for a period of up to 12 weeks, as needed.\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a0Requested transfer of Sarah A. Cover as itinerant special education classroom aide\/bus aide at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School to itinerant special education classroom aide\/bus aide at Pocahontas County High School, at state basic pay, effective first day of the 2021-2022 school year. Term of employment is 200 days.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Requested transfer of Stephen D. Mick, Jr., as school bus operator for Pocahontas County Schools from his current route to a new route, effective March 11, for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, at state basic pay. Term of employment is 61 days. Term of employment shall be 200 days each year thereafter.\r\n\r\n\u2022 Employment of Angela N. Williamson as substitute teacher for Pocahontas County Schools, at state basic pay, effective March 11, for the 2020-2021 school year, as needed.\r\n\r\n\u2022\u00a0Employment of Janessa K. Bell as substitute cook for Pocahontas County Schools, at state basic pay, effective March 11, for the 2020-2021 school year, as needed.\r\n\r\nThe next board meeting will be Tuesday, March 30, beginning with the Local School Improvement Council meeting at 3 p.m. at Green Bank Elementary-Middle School.