School board to hear update on attendance, continue discussion on technology use policy | Free


CLARKSBURG — Members of the Harrison County Board of Education will discuss attendance, as well as the new technology use policy during their meeting on Tuesday evening.

Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin said this year the county’s enrollment is up over 60 students. They are pleased with those numbers.

“We’ll also be talking about facilities and what is being done around the county,” he said. “There will be a little update on the Johnson project and where we are with that.”

During the superintendent’s update, the board members will hear about the number of National Board Certified Teachers and those going through the program now.

“We are one of the leading counties with the number of National Board Certified Teachers we have,” he said. “It’s a difficult and strenuous program to get through. We’re proud to say we’re continuing to expand that in Harrison County.”

Manchin said BOE members will look over the acceptable technology use policy again. They will continue to discuss that and any comments that have come in since the comment period began after the last meeting.

“We’ll also discuss and have the board review the construction manager contract on the Johnson project,” he said. “They will probably take action to terminate that contract between the construction manager and Harrison County Board of Education.”

Board member Frank Devono Jr. said it’s important to be looking at the construction manager and cutting that contract.

“We had three construction managers. We had to get one that was required by the SBA (School Building Authority),” he said. “Now I’m certain we’ll be able to save that money and not have to deal with the construction manager moving forward.”

Devono is looking forward to continuing the discussion on fundraising and what it affects in the county.

“I’m not opposed to it. It’s an important part of getting the resources the county can’t provide, especially for PTAs and boosters,” he said. “The ultimate question is, ‘Where do you draw the line at what’s too much and what products are you trying to push?’”

Devono said there’s an opportunity during levy season to possibly increase the budgets of some programs. So he’d be interested in seeing the budgets of the groups who use fundraising and what the monies are used for.

“It would be interesting to see if we could offset those costs during the levy call,” he said. “That’s something that would be good to take a look at.”

The board will also:

— Recognize Janet Hathaway, accountant and secretary at Bridgeport Middle School, for consecutive years of zero findings on the annual examination of financial records.

“We’ve never done this before, but it was brought to my attention. What she’s accomplished isn’t easy, and there wasn’t even a small finding,” Manchin said. “We want to recognize those who are doing good in the county and making a difference.”

— Hear about the sensory and de-escalation room at North View Elementary school from teachers and Principal Danielle Veltri.

— Learn more about science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics focus at Lincoln Middle School from Principal Lori Scott and teachers.

“I’m a huge supporter of anything STEAM and Lincoln Middle is starting to incorporate 3D printing into their curriculum,” Devono said. “It’s really great they are starting to expose the children to it right now because it’s really going to take hold in the future.”

— Hear about the Reading and Writing Connection in elementary schools across the county and see some students’ work from curriculum specialists.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education office at 445 W. Main St., Clarksburg.

Staff writer Victoria L. Cann can be reached at (304) 626-1409 or Follow me on Twitter @vcann_theet

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