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The Pennsboro News of Harrisville, West Virginia

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EES principal presents LSIC report

Dr. Martirano, West Virginia School superintendent, will be in Ritchie County Friday, Nov. 6, for a visit.

Martirano is touring all 55 counties and visiting schools along the way.

Ritchie County School superintendent Ed Toman informed board members Monday evening, Oct. 26, Dr. Martirano would be in the county for a visit.

Toman stated the plan was to have Dr. Martirano visit Ritchie County Middle/High School, but other schools would be visited if time allowed.

Steve Lewis, principal of Ellenboro Elementary School, provided the board of education members with a Local School Improvement Council report.

Lewis stated the school had 98 percent attendance last month, leading the county in attendance rates.

He stated if students miss school, a call is placed to the child's home and sometimes he will go and visit students.

Lewis stated he had a great group of parent volunteers, PTO members and partners in education.

He stated the staff continues to have the MAP Olympics for students in core classes and there are 40 students participating in the STARS After School program.

Lewis recognized his partners in education during the meeting Monday evening, with a plaque.

Hall Drilling, Dodd's Sporting Goods, Union Bank, West Union Bank, GoMart, Dairy Queen and McDonald's representatives received a plaque from the students.

Lewis stated the school's partners in education have donated over $40,000 in help for the school over the past four years.

"If we have a need, we can be successful in getting those things," Lewis said.

Lewis said Dodd's Sporting Goods and Hall Drilling sponsored a trip to Carnegie in Pittsburgh, PA, for the entire school.

Lewis stated the third and fifth graders needed to work on math proficiency.

He said the needs for the school included fixing the leak in the upper side of the gym facility and a half-time interventionist and half-time special education teacher.

He stated there were 10-12 students last year classified as special education and there was a teacher to help students.

This year, however, there is no special education teacher and the other teachers at the school are doing their best to meet the student's needs.

Lewis recognized students who met standards in math and English/Language Arts, as well as students who were exceeding the standards in core classes.

Lewis also provided the board members with a report on the Office of Educational Performance Audit (OEPA).

He stated there were areas were the school needed to work, including in principal leadership.

He stated the school staff is working on more collaboration in the classrooms, student leadership roles and he is now leading adding development sessions.

Board member Ed Cokeley said there are three different rankings for the audit of the schools, which include distinguished, accomplished and emerging.

He stated there were 14 areas of emerging in the OEPA report and the report wasn't good.

Lewis stated the OEPA committee only has a small snapshot of what goes on in the school each day.

He said the OEPA report is subjective to the people who are doing the audit.

Cokeley said the school's test scores were following the pattern and were tied with Harrisville Elementary.

"Overall, you are no longer a school of excellence," Cokeley stated.

Lewis stated he was working toward improvements.

April Haught reported on upcoming school closings and early dismissals.

There will be no school Wednesday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day, no school Nov. 23-27 for Thanksgiving break, and early dismissal Friday, Nov. 20 and Wednesday, Dec. 23.

She also spoke about the county's strategic plan for schools, which she is required by state law to have in place.

Bills in the amount of $346,103 were approved for payment.

The board approved a recommendation from Regina Epperly to keep the school board's Certificate of Deposit at Cornerstone Bank, where it will draw 7 percent interest.

She stated this was the only bank locally that stated they wouldn't charge the board for early withdraws.

Board member Melanie Vogt-McCloy challenged groups to pick up the trash at the Ellenboro Park and Ride.

David Weekley stated he had been in contact with EQT and EQT Distribution about the new sign for the middle/high school on the U.S. Route 50 side.

The sign has been installed at the park and ride, but there is a lot of trash.

Board members approved a request for medical leave without pay for Johnny beck, effective Oct. 27, until doctor's release.

Resignations approved included: Kathryn Haught, substitute teacher, and Melanie Vogt-McCloy, head cheerleading coach, Ritchie County High School, effective after the fall season.

Employment included: James M. White, music teacher, kindergarten through eighth grades, for the remainder of the school year; Cammran Hood, half-time cook II, Smithville Elementary School, for the remainder of the year; Larry Hilkey, cook II, RCMS/HS, Michael Jones, substitute bus operator and substitute mechanic for the remainder of the school year, Janet Fleenor, presenter for the STARS After School Program; and Roy Griffith, substitute mechanic for the remainder of the year.

Vacancies were posted for cook II, custodian III, groundsman, general maintenance and head cheerleading coach for winter sports.

Vacancies extended include: half-time school nurse with primary location at Smithville Elementary School; math coordinator, substitute bus operators, substitute cooks and substitute custodian, groundsman and general maintenance.

Volunteers approved include: Justin Hodges to assist with boy's basketball, Ritchie County High School; and Rodney Ritchey, Ellenboro Elementary School.

The next board meeting will be Monday, Nov. 9, at 6 p.m. at Ritchie County Middle/High School for anotther LSIC report.

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Original Publication Date: November 4, 2015

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