The Tucker County Board of Education is conducting a complete overhaul of Tucker County's school board policies.
The revision is a monumental task and it is being completed in phases.
During this week's BOE meeting, the first phase of policy revisions was approved by the board.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Joe Hoover
The Tucker County Board of Education passes the first phase of the county’s school policy revisions during this week’s meeting. Pictured, from left, are members Tim Turner, Janet Preston, Marvin ‘Bud’ Parsons, President Jerod Parsons, Jerry DiBacco, Superintendent Dr. Eddie Campbell and Executive Secretary Teresa Simmons.
Superintendent Eddie Campbell said the policy revisions that were approved Monday were state policies that needed to be set in place before the start of the school year.
"It has been a tedious process. But ... I think we made considerable progress," Campbell said.
However, the bulk of the revision still lies ahead.
"Our goal is to completely revise our policy manual," Campbell said. "We will review each policy to make sure it is accurate and in accordance with state and federal requirements."
This project was initiated several months ago, when the Tucker County School District contracted NEOLA Inc., a school board policy service. Campbell explained that NEOLA offers several services that will transform the function of Tucker County's school board policies.
"In addition to helping us update the policy manual, they will create an online directory for us where our policies will be stored and available to the public. Rather than just being in a book sitting on a desk collecting dust, our policy manual will be a working document," he said.
"If the general public has a question about a policy, they will be able to search the manual just using a couple of key words. It will be a major time-saver and a real advantage for anybody who has questions about school board policies."
Campbell also said NEOLA is helping Tucker County Schools develop administrative guidelines, which are used to help with the daily application and interpretation of policies.
"Currently, we don't have administrative guidelines. It will be immensely helpful to have them."
The next step, Campbell said, will be to continue reviewing policies.
"Our plan is to really get started after the school year begins. This kind of a revision is a huge task, but it is very important to us and we hope to have it finished as soon as possible, hopefully during this school year," Campbell said.
During the meeting, the board also passed a number of items, including accounts payable; payroll; a memorandum of agreement between Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College and Tucker County Schools; a contract on early entrance students between EWVCTC and the Tucker County Board of Education; surplus property; bids for a Dodge truck, pre-kindergarten toys, AC units, chairs and tables; and several revised policies dealing with everything from the Substance Abuse and Tobacco Education Program to use of county facilities.