SCHOOL BOARD EXPEL STUDENT - Writing Assessment Program Presented

A Calhoun student was expelled on drug related charges at Monday evening's Board of Education meeting. The board voted unanimously to expel the student for the remainder of the school year for a level III violation of the Student Code of Conduct. The student or parents did not attend the hearing.

The board was given a presentation by Gregg Cartwright on Writing Assessment Data for Calhoun Schools covering five school years, which indicated general improvement in the county's three schools.

Cartwright announced that Calhoun Schools will be participating in a pilot computerized writing assessment project starting in November. He gave a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating how the program can evaluate writing skills, although board members Fitzwater and Dale expressed concern regarding a computer program evaluating content.

Pleasant Hill Elementary School (Grade 4) demonstrated exemplary achievement in Writing Assessment in the 2004 scoring. The school ranked 12% higher than the state average. Cartwright said Arnoldsburg School (Grade 4) was 13% below the state average. Calhoun Middle (Grade 7) was 1% above the state average and Calhoun High (Grade 10) was 5% below the state average.

Board president Carlene Frederick reported on a recent meeting for board presidents at Canaan Valley, which covered legal aspects, ethics, funding, problems with math scores and other issues. She also reported on a recent RESA meeting.

Mr. Harris reported on the September 28 Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center meeting, reporting on progress with building improvements.

Superintendent Ron Blankenship reported on the upcoming Excess Levy for Calhoun Schools, saying he was available to come and speak before any group regarding the levy proposal.

The board approved volunteer agreements for Betty Ellison - Calhoun Middle/High School; Anne Lacy - Pleasant Hill and Sherry Patterson - Arnoldsburg.

A contract was approved for Linguacare Associates, Inc. for speech therapy services.

Home school requests were approved for Lisa Sheldon - Mason Sheldon (grade 3) and Luke Sheldon (grade 2); Tammy Carder - Jessica Riddle (grade 11); Deanna English - Cedar English (grade 7) and Debra Melrath - Tyler Storm Melrath (grade 3).

Some Lights On! proposals were approved.

Retirements/Resignations approved: Tim Davis - Head Varsity Baseball Coach; Mitchell Morgan - South End Activity Run (Heads Up) and Amy Fiddler - Counselor.

Job Postings: Head Varsity Baseball Coach, Counselor and Heads Up Activity Bus Driver - South.

Employment approved included Robert Scott Golinsky - Physical Education Teacher - Pleasant Hill; Andrew Bremar - Homebound Teacher; Carla Taylor - Homebound Teacher (effective September 20) and Bonnie Bock - Substitute Teacher.

The board approved the following finances: Invoices - $449,950.13; Supplements - $146,874.93; Transfers - $104,184.82. The September financial statement was approved.

The next regular meeting scheduled for November 15 at the Office of the Superintendent at Mt. Zion, West Virginia.

Items of concern expressed by board members published October 19.

Attending board members Cynthia Dale, Richard Fitzwater, Carlene Frederick, Donald Harris and Joy Starcher, Ronald Blankenship, secretary.

Others Present: Greg Cartwright, Emilio Garza. Bob Rentschler, Connie Roberts, Bob Weaver.