BOE honors Taylor, students

ELKINS – The Randolph County Board of Education recognized on Wednesday the academic and charitable accomplishments of many people throughout the county, including one of their own.

Harvey Taylor, a BOE member who was recently designated as a Good Samaritan of the Year by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, was publicly recognized and awarded with a certificate for his charitable efforts at Wednesday’s meeting.

Lynn Phillips, regional representative for Tomblin, addressed the board about Taylor’s accomplishments.

“Mr. Taylor sets an an extraordinary example for the community and helps people throughout the county,” Phillips said. “The governor is recognizing him for his efforts fundraising for individuals in need in the community.”

Also recognized for their hard work were the 25 first-place student winners of the Randolph County Social Science Fair. The students were called up individually to tell the board about their projects. The group of 25 will go on to compete Friday at the regional level in Fairmont.

Joshua “Caleb” Shifflett, a student representative from Harman School, gave the BOE a presentation on the school’s active basketball program. Shifflett said that students can participate in basketball events as early as third grade, and there are plans to extend programs for students in grades as low as kindergarten.

Harman’s varsity basketball team finished the regular season 10-5, Shifflett said, and the team was two games away from playing in the state tournament.

Also during Wednesday’s meeting:

– The BOE approved the proposal of levy rates to be set for the 2014-2015 school year at the meeting Wednesday. The Board recessed on the matter and will reconvene on April 15 at 5:55 p.m. when members will vote to approve the levy rates.

– Board members approved an amendment proposed by Superintendent Terry George regarding the Affordable Care Act Resolution. The proposed resolution will protect Randolph County Schools in regard to meeting deadlines required by the Affordable Care Act.

– Several trips were approved by the BOE, including a natural and cultural tour of Costa Rica in April for 14 students and chaperones from Elkins High School.

– Five substitute service personnel were terminated for failure to report to work when called. George said when they failed to show up they were contacted for a hearing before the BOE to explain why they hadn’t reported, but none of the five responded.

-George, in his superintendent’s report, talked about the pending Teachers Planning Bill awaiting approval by Tomblin. The bill would provide teachers with total control of their planning period schedules.

George estimates that if the bill is signed by Tomblin, the cost would be approximately $250,000 in Randolph County alone.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.