Ohio County Board of Education Meets Monday in Wheeling

Ohio County Schools Superintendent Kim Miller, left, business manager Steven Bieniek and Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones study financial data prior to the start of a prior board of education meeting. Photo by Joselyn King

Ohio County Schools will host a “gallery walk” Monday that will give the public a chance to learn more about programs and offerings at each of the schools in the district.

Representatives of the Local School Improvement Council at each school will set up displays beginning at 5 p.m. Monday at the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center at Wheeling Park High School.

The displays will be set up until 7 p.m., when a meeting of the Ohio County Board of Education begins on the auditorium stage.

“They did it last year, and it was a nice event,” said Gabe Wells, communications coordinator for Ohio County Schools. “Every school has a display and a presentation. I’m sure it will be great again.”

Board members enjoyed the displays last year, but lamented they didn’t get the time to visit the presentations of each school.

This year, it was decided the gallery time would be extended, and the board meeting would start an hour later than its typical 6 p.m. time to permit the board to see the displays.

Local School Improvement Councils are required at each public school under West Virginia law, according to information provided by the West Virginia Department of Education. Membership is comprised of teachers, service personnel, bus drivers, parents, business and community representatives. The councils review discipline data and procedures yearly and submit written recommendations to the local school boards.

During the school board meeting, board members will recognize coaches and athletes in fall sports achieving state honors.

There also will be an update on actions following passage of a school facilities improvement bond levy passed last spring, as well as an update on the school district’s efforts to achieve diversity.