Individual school and county teachers and service personnel of the year were named during the Pendleton County Board of Education meeting held April 18 at the board office in Franklin. The honorees were announced by Charles Hedrick, superintendent of schools, and will be recognized at a June board of education meeting.
Teachers and service personnel chosen were as follows:
Brandywine Elementary School – Erin Eye, teacher of the year, and Denise Neil, service personnel of the year;
Franklin Elementary School – Breanna Griffin, teacher of the year, and Jeralyn Swigunski, service personnel of the year;
North Fork Elementary School – Leslie Bowers, teacher of the year, and Amanda Morgan, service personnel of the year;
Pendleton County Middle/High School – Courtney Kimble, teacher of the year, and Linda Mallow service personnel of the year;
Central office – Brooke Dahmer, service personnel of the year;
Transportation/maintenance – Chuck Miller, service personnel of the year;
County teacher of the year – Bowers; and
County service personnel of the year – Mallow.
Mallory Bowers was approved as a chaperone at FES. Charles King, Jr., and Stephanie Hull were approved as volunteers and chaperones at PCMHS.
Hedrick informed the board that the bleachers for FES have been ordered and painting at PCMHS gym is planned. The alternative education building for PCMHS is almost completed at Huttonsville. Hedrick and Travis Heavner will be touring the building soon and will begin the process of moving the building to the county.
J.P. Mowery reported that a prep-bid meeting for the fieldhouse project at PCHS was to be held April 19.
The board unanimously approved the purchase of a school bus in the future to replace the handicap bus.
Nicole Hevener requested permission to purchase 30 radios for buses and other transportation vehicles to replace the outdated ones. The radios will be purchased using a lease purchase agreement of $159,222.56 to be reimbursed at 95 percent through transportation.
For the second consecutive month, BES was the best school overall for attendance in the seventh month with a 93.952% rating. Best attendance in one grade in a school was the fifth grade at BES at 97.794%. The best county grade level was the seventh grade at PCMHS with 94.807% attendance record. The average countywide attendance was a 91.997%.
Hevener informed board members that 60 students have enrolled for summer school, only one teacher still needs to be hired and bus routes will soon be planned.
The next board of education meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the board office.
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