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Wood County BOE discusses awards, school calendar

Superintendent William Hosaflook, left, awarded Emma Romanowski with the WV Art Education Association 2021 High School Art Educator of the Year award at Tuesday’s Wood County Board of Education meeting. (Photo by James Dobbs)

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education met Tuesday to discuss the Principal of the Year, the Art Educator of the year, quarantine and infection numbers and school calendars.

Ken Cook, Director of Secondary Education for Wood County Schools, introduced Kenny DeMoss, Parkersburg High School principal, who was named West Virginia Principal of the Year.

“The national principal of the year program recognizes leaders who’ve made outstanding contributions to the profession and have succeeded in providing high quality learning opportunities for their students,” said Cook.

He mentioned that DeMoss had won the award out of 410 secondary principals, adding DeMoss has 22 years of experience in education and nine years experience as an administrator.

“My philosophy hasn’t really changed as an administrator or being in education, because I know that we’re only, I’m only as good as the people around me,” said DeMoss.

He explained that he always knew that he wanted to give back to the community and he does so by serving the students that he works with.

He was in a meeting Tuesday with a student and explained that he loves his job, and how critical that is for success.

“You want to go into something that you truly are passionate about,” DeMoss said.

Ashlee Beatty, Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the district, introduced Emma Romanowski, a teacher at PHS, as the West Virginia Art Education Association 2021 High School Art Educator of the Year.

“I’ve always been proud of the arts education in Wood County and I think it’s an integral part of our daily life with our students,” said Beatty. “And Emma plays an important part in art education in our schools, and I’m super thankful to have her and honored to recognize her this evening for high school art teacher of the year.”

Beatty said Romanowski is in her seventh year of teaching at her alma mater, is enrolled in a Master’s in art and education program at West Liberty University, has completed 18 mural projects in the Mid-Ohio Valley, and she’s created a summer program to teach students the process of being a muralist, which includes learning how to build a quote, visual examples, budgeting and the painting process.

“I’m humbled to be and honored to be among the teachers who inspire me to be here,” said Romanowski.

Keith Palmer, Director of Elementary schools in Wood County, went over the current calendar as well as three different proposals for the 2022 to 2023 school year. Palmer hopes to have the calendar finalized and approved during the board meeting on Nov. 23.

Palmer described the first calendar, Proposal A, as no two-hour delays. This calendar begins Aug. 18 and ends May 26.

He described the second proposal, Proposal B, as starting a week later, with no spring break. This calendar begins Aug. 25 and ends on May 26.

The third proposal, Proposal C, was described as the “straight schedule.” He said it starts after Labor Day and ends before Memorial Day, beginning Sept. 6 and ending May 26.

None of the calendars account for possible snow days.

Superintendent William Hosaflook gave an update on the quarantine and infection numbers in the Wood County Schools district.

“We have 51 positives currently in our school system, with 203 quarantines, that number continues to drop,” said Hosaflook.

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