Wood BOE to hold special meeting today

Agenda includes personnel changes, salary schedule

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education will meet in special session this morning to approve personnel changes.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. today at the district’s Plum and 13th streets offices in Parkersburg. The meeting is open to the public.

Students return to classes Aug. 15 and the weeks leading up to the start of the 2019-20 school year will involve hundreds of hirings, retirements and transfers.

“The next four weeks are extremely important to focus on personnel placement across the spectrum from teachers, service personnel and administration,” said board President Rick Olcott. “Being efficient on enabling movement prior to the start of school is critical for our staff and students.”

In addition to today’s special meeting, the board will approve personnel changes at its July 16 and July 30 meetings, Olcott said. Additional meetings may be added at the superintendent’s behest, he said.

Superintendent Will Hosaflook said today’s meeting will focus mainly on filling key positions within Wood County Schools

“This is definitely a busy time of the year in terms of personnel,” he said. “We are working diligently to fill all positions.”

Earlier in the summer, the board approved the retirements of Jackson Middle School Principal Richard Summers and Edison Middle School Principal Jean Mewshaw. Hosaflook said he will be recommending their successors at today’s meeting.

“I feel very confident in my recommendations of Jeff Kisner and Janet Sears to lead Jackson and Edison Middle Schools in the future,” he said. “Both possess strong leadership skills which focus on high academic expectations for all.”

The school system also has added positions “which will address chronic absenteeism and technology integration in our schools” through federal funding and changes in the state aid formula, Hosaflook said.

In addition to personnel changes, the board will be asked to approve a revised salary schedule for employees which includes the recently approved 5 percent state pay increase, as well as a school board meeting schedule for the 2019-20 school year.

Michael Erb can be reached at merb@newsandsentinel.com.