School Board Hiring Goes On

Ohio County Schools continued the hiring process Friday, filling open positions in preparation for the first day of classes Thursday.

The board of education during a special meeting unanimously approved hiring Justin Goneau as a special education teacher at Wheeling Park High School; Jennifer Haas as a county-wide personalized learning reading specialist; and Elaine Hatcher as a general science/biology teacher at Wheeling Park.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be here in Ohio County,” Goneau said. “This is where I want to start and finish my career.”

Hatcher, a Wheeling Park graduate, said, “I’m just so happy that I get to come home and teach in a school that has done so much for me.”

Board members also unanimously approved hiring Jennifer Gramlich and Kim Nisperly as county-wide supervisory aides/paraprofessionals.

“I feel like I’m coming home,” Gramlich offered. “This is the best county there is. I brag about it all the time, everywhere I go. I’m just so happy to be here.”

Superintendent Dianna Vargo said another special meeting will be held at 8 a.m. Friday to address remaining personnel matters.

Board President James Jorden announced he and his colleagues will meet at various schools from September through November to hear annual reports from Local School Improvement Councils. All LSICs previously presented their respective reports during one lengthy meeting at Wheeling Park High School.

Board members will hear reports from Bridge Street Middle School, Elm Grove and Middle Creek elementary schools Sept. 10 at Bridge Street; Triadelphia Middle School, Madison, Steenrod and Woodsdale elementary schools Sept. 24 at Triadelphia; Wheeling Middle School, Bethlehem and Ritchie elementary schools Oct. 8 at Wheeling Middle; West Liberty Elementary School and Warwood School Oct. 22 at West Liberty; and Wheeling Park High School on Nov. 12.

All meetings are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.