Wood BOE hears presentations, renovation project update
PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education held a regular meeting Tuesday at the Wood County Schools Central Office at 1210 13th St. in Parkersburg.
The board heard presentations from Hollie Best, director of child nutrition, on the standards for child nutrition, Jason Hughes, director of the Wood County Technical Center, presented updates on the pre-cosmetology program and shared the new plans for renovating two classrooms at the WCTC, and Michael Erb, communications coordinator for Wood County Schools, shared WELCOME BACK activities, including a video and information regarding the Parkersburg Homecoming Parade.
Best spoke about what can and cannot be served to student according to Policy 4321.1 set by federal standards. It states the only items allowed to be sold in school cafeterias are milk and bottled water. She spoke about who can bring students food stating only parents, guardians, or those designated in writing can do so. She also gave numbers on the percentage of students participating in the breakfast program with 70.66% of elementary school students participating, middle schools have 39.5%, and high schools at 16.36%.
She said the Wellness Committee will start back up in September.
“We encourage anyone that is interested in being a member to contact us and we would love to have them sit on the committee,” Best said. “We would like students, parents, guardians, staff, and community members involved and helping develop our wellness for the students.”
Hughes presented a plan to have both the clinical lab and classroom for the new pre-cosmetology program to be housed within the WCTC. The clinical lab will have 20 work stations, five sinks, two hair dryers, and a checkout counter for customers.
Erb gave a presentation on things happening to prepare for the new school year and those that took place during the summer. He also presented a video put together by Jimmy Stewart, technology integration specialist, on all the summer activities.
“This is just a snapshot of all the different things that have been done this summer,” Erb said. “But this was just our opportunity to say thank you to all the employees, and to say welcome back to everyone.”
Erb also talked about Wood County School’s upcoming participation in the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival parade. He said there would be multiple vehicles involved including a bus, a vehicle from food service, a maintenance van, and an emergency trailer. He said a welcome back letter would be sent to to employees this week inviting them to participate in the parade on Aug 20.
“We want everybody to understand that though Wood County Schools has about 1,600 employees, we are one school system, and we are focused on our kids,” Erb said.
The board also approved multiple items in the consent agenda including: an agreement with Pickering Associates for engineering design and construction administration services for Blennerhassett Elementary School plenum fan replacement; approval of renewing Guttman Oil (Stuart Oil) as the gasoline and diesel provider for the 2023 school year; a contractual agreement with Linguacare Associates to provide contractual speech therapy services for 2022-2023 fiscal year; a contractual agreement with Sorenson Communications to provide contractual licensed sign language interpreter services for the 2022-2023 fiscal year; a contractual agreement with LMM OT LLC to provide contractual occupational therapy services for the 2022-2023 fiscal year; a contractual agreement with Natalie L. Cook LLC for contracted physical therapy services for the 2022-2023 fiscal year; the contractual agreement with Hannah Williamson, dba MW Therapy Services LLC for contracted occupational therapy services for the 2022-2023 fiscal year; and a contractual agreement with Best Life Therapy to provide contractual speech therapy services for 2022-2023 fiscal year.
Superintendent Christie Willis said during the superintendent update that on Aug. 23 at Parkersburg High School, Wood County Schools will be honoring retirees from both the professional and service sides. Letters will be sent out this week to retirees.
“We don’t ever wanna miss anyone in this,” Willis said.
During the regular agenda the board voted unanimously to approve the amendments to the limited services agreement with Pickering Associates for the building modification for the Pre-Cosmetology classroom and lab at the WCTC, and revised the amount not to exceed $30,000, and approved an agreement with Pickering Associates to engineer the design, procurement and construction administration services for the WCTC cosmetology classroom and lab.
The Board of Education will have a meeting Aug. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Wood County Schools Central Office at 1210 13th St. in Parkersburg. There is also a meeting Aug 23 at 6 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.