Wood BOE approves superintendent goals for coming year

Superintendent Will Hosaflook speaks during Tuesday’s meeting of the Wood County Board of Education. The board approved superintendent’s goals for the 2019-20 school year, covering areas such as student achievement, fiscal responsibility and creation of a 10-year facilities plan. (Photo by Michael Erb)

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education Tuesday approved superintendent’s goals for the 2019-20 school year.

The vote followed a half-hour executive session to discuss the goals and an employee suspension.

The board approved five areas of concentration, including increased student achievement, ensuring fiscal responsibility and accountability, and creation of a new 10-year Comprehensive Education Facilities Plan.

“We have five major areas, with well-scripted and very measurable goals,” said board President Rick Olcott. “The academic and instructional program improvement, the fiscal management, systems and structures, attendance and community relations are the five major areas. They are areas that can make a huge difference in our school system.”

Olcott said board members have been pleased with Superintendent Will Hosaflook’s efforts and if they continue “we will have another banner year.”

In other business, the school board scheduled Local School Improvement Council presentations for Jefferson and Franklin elementary centers for 5 p.m. Oct. 22. The presentations are required of any school on academic improvement.

Officials said the two schools will not be under academic improvement this year, but since they were last year the presentations are still required under state code. Each presentation will last 30 minutes and will precede the board’s regularly scheduled meeting.

The school board approved moving its Sept. 24 meeting to Sept. 25, a Wednesday. Olcott said scheduling conflicts with several of the board members prompted the move.

The board Tuesday also approved the 15-day suspension without pay of Ben Carpenter, a teacher’s aide. Details on the reason for the suspension were not given in open session. The suspension began Sept. 6 and will continue until the board’s next meeting.

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