Board of education discusses personnel

Harms named Teacher of the Year in Brooke

Brooke County preschool teacher Jenna Harms was honored as the county's Teacher of the Year at Thursday's Brooke County Board of Education meeting. Pictured, from left, are Superintendent Jeffrey Crook; Board President Theodore Pauls; Harms; Randy Young, Harms' father; Sylvia Young, Harms' mother; and Harms' two children, Emma and Owen. -- Taryn Linder

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Education on Thursday announced the names of individuals to fill various positions in the county school system, following the recent central office reorganization.

The positions are as followed:

¯ Samantha Nelson, Kathleen Maderia, David Queen and Evelyn Bucy for the position of summer 2019 handyman.

¯ Mary Lynn Michaux for the position of secretary II and secretary III at Brooke Primary North.

¯ Donald S. Mitchell for the position of maintenance shop foreman and safety at Brooke County Schools.

¯ Lori Ohler for the position of aid/autism mentor at Brooke Intermediate North.

¯ Stephanie Blundon for the position of director of school improvement, student services and special education at Brooke County Schools.

¯ Timothy Pannett for the position of director of curriculum and instruction for career and technical education, adult education and attendance at Brooke County Schools.

¯ Stephanie Zimmer for the position of director of technology, assessment, innovation, integration, WVEIS coordinator and computer applications supervisor at Brooke County Schools.

¯ Ron Staffileno for the position of director of transportation, safety, maintenance and continuing education of service personnel at Brooke County Schools.

¯ Rhonda Combs for the position of director of curriculum and instruction for elementary, pre-K to 5, federal programs and professional development at Brooke County Schools.

¯ Joshua Cornell for the position of substitute teacher at Brooke County Schools.

There will be more names to come at a later time, officials said.

In other matters, the board honored preschool teacher Jenna Harms as the county’s Teacher of the Year.

“I just want thank all my students, their parents and my co-workers for what they do to help me,” said Harms. “I’m honored to represent the county.”

Harms’ family attended the meeting to show their support.

After announcing Harms as Teacher of the Year, the board discussed budgets.

The Brooke County board of Education on Thursday approved an adoption of the 2020 fiscal year budget. The state instructed the board to take into account a pending education bill that is heading toward the state House of Delegates and Senate. If approved, the bill will add an extra $2,120 for professional salaries in schools. The board passed the $33,838,261 budget. Included in the budget is the state’s pending salary increase and half the money from the levy’s supplement increase which comes to $1,500. The remaining $1,500 from the levy supplements will be added July 1.

Additionally, Principal Jaclyn Robinson gave her report on the Alternative Learning Center Local Improvement Council.

Robinson reported 16 students from Brooke High School, eight students from Brooke Middle School, six students from Weir High School, eight students from Weir Middle School, two students from Oak Glen High School and six students from Oak Glen Middle School attended ALC. The ALC is operated through an agreement of both Brooke and Hancock county school systems.

The goal of the school is to reintegrate students back into their schools. Robinson noted she and her staff had three seniors from Brooke High School and one senior from Weir High School graduate with their class this year.

“The staff developed very tight-knit relationships from all different walks of life,” said Robinsion. “Everyone contributes at meetings to develop program initiatives.”

“Live School,” is a program in which students who are hired for jobs around the school, such as maintaining the bulletin board, are rewarded with paychecks to use at the school store. Points were also added to paychecks for good behavior.

Another program to support positive behavior is rewarding the students by allowing them to read at story time for younger kids.

“They are so happy to get out of the building and do something constructive,” said Robinsion.

Robinson did recognize that the school does struggle from having no substitute teachers.

“We make it work,” said Robinsion. “No matter what we make sure our students get an education.”

(Linder can be contacted at tlinder@heraldstaronline.com)