Wood BOE welcomes new member, new president
PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education held a statutory organizational meeting Monday to welcome a new member and named a new board president.
At the beginning of Monday’s meeting, Judge Jason Wharton swore in Judy Johnson, who was elected to a first term and Ron Tice who was reelected to a second term during the June primary election.
Outgoing board President Rick Olcott nominated Justin Raber as the new president for a two-year term. Board members unanimously approved the motion. Olcott was then recommended and unanimously approved as vice president.
Raber warned the school board would face numerous unusual challenges this year, including trying to reopen schools amidst uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Today is the first day for this board as we move forward into a new school year,” Raber said. “We will have a lot of tough decisions coming forward to us for things that are outside of our control, so it is going to be a very interesting and event-filled year for us.”
The board Monday also approved committee assignments for its members. Two of those committees – Audit Committee and Scholarship Committee – require the board president to serve, so Raber took those assignments.
Olcott will serve on the Strategic Planning and Stadium Facilities committees, while Tice will continue with the Wood County Recreation Committee and Calendar Committee. Board member Debbie Hendershot will continue to serve on the Wood County Extension Committee and Safety Committee.
Johnson will take over former board member Rick Tennant’s previous assignments, serving on the Personal Leave Bank Board and Wellness Committee.
The school board approved a draft meetings calendar which brings the board together the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
The board will have three meetings in April – April 13, 20 and 27 – as the last meeting of that month is a statutory meeting. April also is typically when personnel decisions are made. The board may add or move meetings as needed.
Raber said he was excited to see the new board begin.
“Although this year is going to be a little bit different and probably much more difficult, we’re going to do the best we can because that is what we are here to do,” he said.