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Parents ask BOE about fundraising

November 16, 2012
By Casey Houser - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

At this week's Tucker County Board of Education meeting, parents approached the board to discuss the sale of food items in student fundraisers, just as they had Oct. 15.

Dr. Eddie Campbell, superintendent of Tucker County schools, said parents wish to allow their students to complete fundraisers that include food items, such as bake sales. However, board policy does not permit the sale of food items that don't meet school nutritional guidelines.

"The wellness policy is pretty clear. It prohibits the school-based marketing of food products that are not healthy," Campbell said.

Board members reviewed the policy following the Oct. 15 meeting to make sure their interpretation was clear, Campbell said. They showed the policy to parents in attendance at this week's meeting and offered discussion on the issue.

Campbell said parents desire leniency with the policy. They want to be able to use food items in fundraisers.

To make their request more specific, Campbell said board member Jerry DiBacco has been appointed to a subcommittee that will also include three to four concerned parents.

The subcommittee will meet before the Dec. 3 board meeting to create a formal plan for how the parents would like to alter the wellness policy. They will report back to the board with their formal request.

Further along in the meeting, board members considered county bus driver Mark Burns' request to park his school bus at his home. Currently, he parks it at the county bus garage.

The board will consider the details of his request before the next meeting and may make a decision on Dec. 3, Campbell said.

In other news, a contractual agreement was passed between Tucker County Schools and RESA 7, a group that implements student programs in West Virginia. This agreement allows RESA 7 to provide a staff member to complete student hearing tests on an as-needed basis, Campbell said.

Campbell also said several personnel decisions were made at the meeting:

Mike Betler has been hired as the new assistant coach for the Tucker Valley Elementary School girls' basketball team for the 2012-2013 school year.

The board accepted the resignation of Marlin Miller as half-time building construction instructor at Tucker County High School, effective Nov. 30.

Stephen Minear has been hired as a bus operator for Bus No. 6A for the 2012-2013 school year.

The previously scheduled board meeting for Monday has been canceled. The next meeting will take place on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

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