Wood BOE prepares for ‘fort’ fallout

PARKERSBURG – Wood County school officials are preparing for fallout from parents stemming from the “Bad Kid Fort” incident at Parkersburg High last month. The parents of a boy who was placed in a cardboard box with the words “Bad Kid Fort” written on it plan to speak at tonight’s meeting.

Caleb Richards’ parents, Beth Dean and Jeff Richards, have met with school officials regarding the incident, but remain frustrated. Dean has been mobilizing parents to converge at tonight’s meeting to highlight problems with the educational system.

Dean said her son is a not a singular case and there are numerous cases where kids are picked on, bullied by teachers or the student’s individualized education program isn’t followed.

Board members could go into an executive session to discuss the incident. No vote can be taken behind closed doors. Board members could take action following the executive session.

Education officials are anticipating a larger-than-normal turnout. The meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m., has been moved from the central office to the adjacent Jefferson Elementary Center auditorium.

The board will recognize teachers who recently achieved National Board Certification. Sixty-one West Virginia teachers earned National Board Certification for 2012, the highest credential in the teaching profession. Wood County educators Ernest Wayne Clark, Tracy C. Fauber, Whitny Margaret Gessell, Joanna Theresa Mulligan, Jaime Seltzer and Brenda Lee Twyman earned certification.

Wood County has the most National Board Certified Teachers with 79, according to the West Virginia Department of Education. Cabell County is a distant second with 55.

Assistant Superintendent Sue Woodward will provide a quarterly review for the board.

Board members will consider and discuss revisions to policies governing board meetings.

Last month, board members discussed changes to the board’s Policy 1120.2: “Rules and Regulations Governing the Wood County Board of Education and the Rules Governing the Conducting of Board Meetings,” to no longer require a physical quorum.

A Nov. 27 meeting was postponed one day due to the lack of a physical quorum. Only two board members – Tim Yeater and John Marlow- were in attendance for the meeting, while Lawrence Hasbargen and Jim Fox attended by conference call. Board member Tad Wilson was scheduled to be out of town at the time of that meeting.