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Barbour levy information available online, at fair

August 30, 2012
By Melissa Toothman Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

Information about a proposed levy will be available at the Barbour County Fair and online for citizens who want to know more.

Dr. F. Joseph Super, Barbour County Schools superintendent, said a booth in the commercial hut at the fair contains information and fliers about the levy, which will be on the November ballot.

"This is a valuable thing for this county," Super said during a regular meeting this week.

Levy details and project information, including a virtual tour of the proposed renovations to the Philip Barbour High School athletic facilities, are available at

In other business from Tuesday's Board of Education meeting, Lisa Heinbaugh, principal of PBHS, discussed a recent visit from the Office of Education Performance Audits.

"The staff up there has just done a commendable job, and I think a lot of credit goes to the students also for starting to understand that they, too, are accountable for their own learning," Super said, adding that WesTest scores have shown improvement.

"I think we're just going to continue with that upward trend," Heinbaugh said.

Brenda Hunt, director of Heart and Hand, discussed the backpack program she hopes can be implemented across all schools in the county for students in need. The program supports students who might not have enough food at home over the weekends. Other organizations have the opportunity to join with Heart and Hand to collect nonperishable food or make donations. Organizations can adopt an entire school or start with a single classroom.

She said letters will be sent home with students at schools or in classes that have been adopted. Families that wish to sign up to participate in the program can do so. Children receiving the food will not be identified to other students or to representatives collecting the items for distribution. The food items will be discretely placed into students' backpacks by teachers to be taken home. Food items will be age-appropriate so younger children would not receive something that would need to be cooked.

Volunteers can help organize and prepare the food for distribution. More information is available by calling Heart and Hand at 304-457-1295.

In other news, the school board approved a contract with Dr. Elizabeth Mason for psychological services and Interim Healthcare for nursing services as needed during the school year. It also entered an agreement with Broaddus Hospital for bio-hazard waste disposal.

Resignations of Brad Anderson, bus operator and mechanic assistant; Nathaniel Baker, language arts instructor at Belington Middle School; and Sheila Copeland, third-grade teacher at Philippi Elementary School, were accepted. New employees for the school year include Susan Marsh as a home-based instructor working with autistic students at Volga-Century Elementary School; Pam Manista as a half-time receptionist; Leslie Edinger as a substitute principal and teacher; Karen Boone as a substitute principal; James Seaton as substitute teacher; and Cassie Marsh of Alderson-Broaddus College as a substitute teacher.

David Taylor was approved as a volunteer cross-country coach and volunteer assistant volleyball coach at Kasson Elementary/Middle School.

Other extracurricular assignments as critical skills tutors went to Sally Hammack for Philippi Elementary School, Melody Faulkiner for Mount Vernon Elementary School, Vratpal Gogikar for Kasson Elementary/Middle School, Jodi Devores for Belington Elementary School, Belynda Morral for Philippi Middle School and LaDonna Davis for Belington Middle School.

Willis Freeman and Jimmy Runion were approved as an after-school activities bus drivers. David Wilson was approved as bus operator and mechanic, and David Phillips was approved as a maintenance worker.

Other new personnel includes Kandi Plymale as long-term substitute instructor working with autistic students at Belington Middle School, Wendy Phillips as a long-term substitute instructor working with autistic students at PBHS, Hillary Hulver as English instructor for Belington Middle School, Kelly Clark as an instructor at Philippi Elementary School, Holly Price as licensed practical nurse, aide and transportation aide at Philippi Middle School, and Matthew Edge as a custodian for PBHS. Teresa Buskirk will be the long-term substitute kindergarten teacher at Philippi Elementary School beginning Sept. 26 until the regular teacher returns.



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