Wood County BOE to discuss Stadium Field, superintendent

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Board of Education will meet 6:30 p.m. Monday at the administration offices at 13th and Plum streets for a presentation on the superintendent selection project and to receive updates on facility projects.

The school board also will hear a presentation by Howard O’Cull, executive director of the West Virginia School Board Association, about the search for a new superintendent.

Superintendent Pat Law announced in December he would retire June 31 when his contract expires.

O’Cull and the association led the previous superintendent search when Law was hired.

An easement for a wall replacement and repair at Stadium Field and issues surrounding other construction contracts for Stadium Field also will be discussed.

An executive session is scheduled for discussion of a personnel matter.

The board also is expected to vote on the suspension without pay of an unnamed Williamstown High School teacher from Dec. 11, 2013, through Feb. 6.

Cheryl C. Connelly, a choir teacher at Williamstown High School, was placed on paid administrative leave on Dec. 11, 2013, after she was charged with filing a false police report claiming a student threatened to shoot others with a gun.

The board will discuss possible calendar changes to make up for days missed because of the recent snow and sub-zero temperatures. Four days – April 17, April 22, May 23 and June 6 – could be changed from out-of-school days to instructional days.

The board also is expected to discuss and schedule a date to hear a “citizen complaint,” though no further details concerning the citizen or the complaint were listed on the agenda.

The school board will recognize the Parkersburg South High School Speech and Debate Team for its numerous tournament wins this year and four Wood County Schools teachers who recently received National Board Certification.