Wood BOE to hold RIF hearing Wednesday

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Board of Education will hold a special meeting to hold an employee hearing 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Wood County Schools central office, 13th and Plum streets.

Mike Fling, assistant superintendent of school services for Wood County Schools, said the employee hearing is part of the district’s annual reduction-in-force, or RIF, and transfer process.

“It is a reduction-in-force hearing for a professional employee,” Fling said. “It is outside of a regular board meeting, which is why the board had to call a special meeting, but it is a hearing for an employee.”

Though the meeting is open to the public most hearings are conducted in private unless both parties agree to having it in the open. The board likely will vote to go into executive session after the public meeting begins.

The school district each year evaluates its funding from the state, which is based off enrollment, and sets staffing goals for the coming school year. This year the school system will reduce or eliminate 12 professional positions. One position, a social worker, will result in the loss of a job, while all other employees affected will transfer to different positions.

Since the special meeting’s format is similar to a regular meeting, the board’s agenda includes a place for public comments and board member comments or other business. No votes are included on the regular agenda, though the board has the right to hold a vote when it returns from executive session.