Brooke school board backs Wall of Excellence

WELLSBURG – Brooke High School will add to its athletic wall of fame a Wall of Excellence aimed at recognizing alumni who have distinguished themselves in other ways.

The Brooke County Board of Education on Monday approved the concept, which is intended to “honor individuals whose deeds and character exemplify outstanding achievements in their life’s work and/or service to their community,” according to the Brooke High School Wall of Excellence committee.

Chaired by attorney Jason Cuomo, the committee was formed by Toni Shute, head principal of Brooke High School, who suggested the idea.

Shute said she preferred not to call it a hall of fame because that implies inductees must be famous or well known. She said to call it an academic hall of fame wouldn’t be accurate, either, because the goal is to recognize individuals not only for academic accomplishment but also for distinguishing themselves in professional fields or community service.

Cuomo said nominations will be accepted from the community, and a number of candidates already have been suggested.

Shute said each year’s inductees may be invited to speak briefly at the high school’s academic achievement awards program, where students receive pins for consistently attaining an outstanding grade-point average.

Plans call for their names to be displayed at the school, possibly in the library.

In other business, the board:

Authorized Rob Robinson, the school district’s facilities supervisor, to seek bids for a digital phone system for Wellsburg Middle School. The move is part of an ongoing effort to replace all schools’ phone systems with digital ones.

Approved the transfer, effective Jan. 2, of Nanette Reitter as traveling art teacher for primary schools in the county’s southern half to traveling art teacher for those in the northern half, including Jefferson, Lauretta B. Millsop, Colliers, Hooverson Heights and Jefferson primary schools.

Reitter will fill a vacancy left with the retirement of Susan Cullinan and her position in the south end will be posted in the near future.

The board also approved the retirement of Diane Lucero, early childhood education teacher, effective Monday.

Announced its next meeting has been moved to 6 p.m. Nov. 12 at the board’s office. The move was made because the date for its next regular meeting is Veterans Day, when Brooke County Schools and the board’s office will be closed.

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