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Brooke board OKs ALC bid

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Education approved the sale of a doublewide trailer once used by the school district’s Alternative Learning Center and the small lot at state Route 2 and 26th street on which it sits.

On Monday, the board accepted a bid of $100,000 submitted by local real estate developer Brian Tennant at a public auction held at the site on July 6.

Following the auction, Tennant said he had no definite plans for the property but would pursue no development that would de-value the adjacent residential properties as he owns a house there himself.

The $100,000 bid was the lowest set for the building and lot after the board failed to receive a minimum bid of $400,000 set for an earlier auction.

Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Crook said the board is expected to close on the sale in the near future.

In other business, the board agreed to accept public comment on the use of federal pandemic relief funds to be awarded to the school district through its website at www.brooke.k12.wv.us.

Crook said the district is slated to receive $5.8 million, which may be used for learning recovery, innovation, health and safety and infrastructure.

He said examples of its use include replacing aging ventilation systems and employing various means of sanitation to deter spread of the coronavirus and providing additional instruction to students who missed one on one instruction while schools were closed.

Crook said the latter could include after-school tutoring or summer school.

About 150 youth recently completed the district’s summer school program, which was funded by a $78,000 state grant and other state and federal funds.

Crook said among the participants were high school students making up lost credits and children whose parents sought reinforcement of their math or reading skills.

“This is something we feel we should continue to offer for catch up and enrichment,” he said.

Crook said summer school went beyond classroom instruction as staff involved the youth in a variety of activities with help from mentors employed by the West Virginia University Extension Service’s Energy Express summer reading program.

The board also adapted its policy for the calculation of class ranking to conform with the state’s. Crook said the move will result in the rankings for high school senior class members and other students being determined at the end of the first semester of the current school year.

He said current the determination of a class’s valedictorian or salutatorian and other class rankings doesn’t occur until four and a half weeks before the end of the seniors’ final semester.

The board also approved the following purchases:

Virtual school programs for elementary and secondary students from EdOptions Academy and Calvert Learning, respectively, for a total of $60,000.

Twelve interactive white boards for the special education program from Zones LLC for $45,596.

Fencing for the high school tennis courts from Valley Fence for $103,520 and for the softball and baseball fields from Pro Fence for $88,000.

A riding tractor from E.H. Griffith Inc. For $29,704 and a floor scrubber from D.H. Bertenthal for $6,341.

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