(02/05/2002)
Ron Blankenship was given a two-year contract last night to continue as Calhoun's Superintendent of Schools. The Calhoun Board of Education rehired the administrator at $81,000 a year, an increase from his current salary. Blankenship is completing a three year agreement. The vote was 5-0 in favor, after an executive session.

Blankenship's contract renewal ends speculation over local interest about those seeking the position.

Board members extended their congratulations to the Red Devil's Wrestling Team for becoming the L-K Champions.

Expulsion hearings on the agenda were postponed.

A discussion was held on a change in policy related to early entrance for kindergarten students.

Jean Simers classification was changed linked to her education, giving her more years of experience, which could qualify her for an increase in pay or retirement.

Hirings included Roger Chennoweth, South End Activity Bus (Lights On!); Roscoe Gainer, Head Baseball Coach; James Morford, Assistant Baseball Coach; David White, Head Softball Coach; Larry Harris, Homebound Teacher; Jeff Church, Assistant Softball Coach; Amanda Richards, Mentor (Lights On!) and Megan Carpenter, Tutor/Mentor (Lights On!).

Change of Status, Marshall Bever, Richard Trites and Calvin Nicholas from $15 a day to $20.

Superintendent Blankenship advised the Board about a $65,000 technology grant for Pleasant Hill and Arnoldsburg Schools, and an "IDEA" grant for $24,000 for Arnoldsburg and Calhoun Middle School for special student needs. These grants are in addition to $715,000 obtained through the School Building Authority of West Virginia to take care of problems at Pleasant Hill School.

Administrator Greg Cartright told board members about a new program, Articulated Credit at Glenville State College, replacing the Dual Credit Program. Cartright said the course currently open is Advanced Computer Applications. Credit for college will be "held in escrow" at Glenville State. After students register at GSC, there is no charge for the course.

Cartright also explained about high school diplomas. "All students get a diploma," he said, "but students will also receive a 'Certificate of Proficiency' and in some cases special recognition's or warranties based on Sat-9 scores." The proficiency certificate is essentially a list of the student's course of study.

The Board of Education collected information for their Board Self-Evaluation.

Retirements acknowledged, Donna Brannon and Cheryl McCallister.

Job postings to be listed included Assistant Baseball Coach, Assistant Softball Coach and Tutor Teacher at Pleasant Hill (Lights On!).

There was also a discussion about teacher's "Personal Leave Bank."

Volunteer agreements were approved for Arliss Miller and Bev Mullins.

David Bugby (K) was approved for transfer from Ritchie County.

Bills were also approved for payment.


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