Ohio County Board of Education Names Assistant Principals At Wheeling Park High School

WHEELING — Wheeling Park High School has two new assistant principals following action by the Ohio County Board of Education Monday night.

Adrienne Richards, most recently chairwoman of the career and technical education at WPHS, and Joe Subasic, the current assistant principal at the Warwood School, will take over their new roles at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

They replace Dick Ochsenbein, who recently retired, and Katrina Lewis, who will take over as the new principal at at Middle Creek Elementary School.

Richards is a 1996 WPHS graduate who has been teaching at the school since 2003.

Subasic, meanwhile, is a 2003 WPHS graduate who began as a special education teacher at Elm Grove Elementary. Subasic was accompanied at Monday’s meeting by his grandfather, former Warwood School principal and board of education president Tom Innocenti.

Superintendent Kim Miller also updated board members on the project to repair failing concrete panels at Wheeling Island Stadium. The board had expected the work could cost as much as $1 million to complete, but a bid was accepted from Colaianni Construction to do the project for $407,000.

Colaianni this week is getting materials together for the project, and construction should start Monday, according to Miller.

A sealant will first be applied, followed by the placement of fabricated steel and reinforcements.

Work isn’t expected to be completed by Sept. 25, and board member Tim Birch asked if there was any possibility of pushing for a sooner completion date.

“I would love nothing better than to shove them into moving it up,” Miller responded.

Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones said he has asked the contractor that question, and learned that once the project starts they will have a better feel for its timeframe.

The planned construction has caused the relocation of 18 sporting events scheduled for the stadium in late summer and early fall. The WPHS football team is expected to play its first four home games at West Liberty University, but return to Wheeling Island Stadium for senior night on Oct. 27 against Parkersburg South High School.

Jones announced a proposed plan to move the school district’s alternative learning center from its current location at Wheeling Middle School, and perhaps rent two rooms at the Hazel Atlas Learning Center in East Wheeling.

Details are still being worked out with the building’s owner, Youth Services System. One option would be for the school district to rent one classroom at the building for $800 a month, while there are discussions for Ohio County Schools to rent two rooms for less than $1,000.

Board members delayed taking any action Monday after Jones suggested they wait until costs are set. He said there was no hurry, as the move likely wouldn’t take place until August.

The board approved the retirement of WPHS World Language Department Chairwoman Margaret “Peggy” Dolan, who has taught French and Spanish classes at the school for 33 years.

Members also went behind closed doors for an executive session pertaining to property and SWN Production, a subsidiary of Southwestern Energy LLC. No action was taken after the executive session.