PHILIPPI - The Barbour County Board of Education voted Monday to accept several terminations, transfers and reassignments for the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent Dr. Joe Super said that once everything goes through, all professional staff that wanted to work in Barbour County Schools had been transferred or reassigned, and only three service personnel were without employment.
"However, one or maybe even two of those service personnel positions could be added back," Super said. "It depends on many factors."
Those professionals affected by the reduction in force for 2014-2015 include Nancy Jo Mullens, from first grade at Philippi Elementary School, who was placed in fifth grade at Philippi Elementary School; Amanda Harsh, from kindergarten at Philippi Elementary School to fifth grade at Philippi Elementary School; Teresa Riccio from first grade at Belington Elementary School; Thomas Williams from technology system specialist; and Timothy Moyer from technology system specialist.
Service personnel approved for termination through reduction in force for the 2014-2015 school year include Jessica Crites, from MTV paraprofessional/aide; Connie Mayle, from Philippi Elementary School special education/pre-k aide; and Marsha Mayle, from Junior Elementary School kindergarten aide.
Professional and service personnel approved for transfer for the 2014-2015 school year include Brittany Scarberry, from Philippi Elementary School fourth grade, to first grade, Philippi Elementary School; Meloney Wilson, from Belington Elementary kindergarten to first grade at Belington Elementary; April Paugh from Belington Middle School special education aide to transfer for subsequent assignment; and Rachel Blackburn from Volga Century Elementary School paraprofessional to transfer for subsequent assignment.
Professional reassignments for the 2014-2015 school year are Anna Davis to third grade/fourth grade teacher at Volga-Century Elementary School; Ellen Gould to first grade/second grade teacher at Mt. Vernon Elementary School; Melody Faulkiner to third grade/fourth grade half time and Title I reading half time at Mt. Vernon Elementary School; Tammy Tucker to third grade/fourth grade teacher and principal at Mt. Vernon Elementary School; and Nancy Curkendall to kindergarten teacher at Mt. Vernon Elementary School.
In other business, Super presented a report to board members about moving some Belington Elementary School student to Belington Middle School. Belington Elementary School students in third, fourth and fifth grades were moved temporarily to Belington Middle School Jan. 31 because of a heating issue, school officials said.
"I got a call from a union representative that was talking to one of the teachers," Super said Monday. "She was involved in the movement of the students, and she told the representative the move actually energized her. Getting back to doing some basics. I went down and thanked that teacher and her students."
Super said the move was as smooth a transition as one could imagine.
"We have had some bumps, but no one has complained about those bumps," Super said. "They just wanted to figure out how to smooth the bumps out."
Super said he applauds the folks involved - the teachers, administration, parents and kids.
"It is what it is and we're going to make it work," Super said. "Bottom line, everyone wanted to do what's best for the kids."
The next meeting of the Barbour County Board of Education is slated for 6 p.m. Feb. 24.