Ohio County Board of Education Member Sarah Koegler: Redistricting Talk Must Happen Soon

Photo by Joselyn King
Ohio County Board of Education member Sarah Koegler, left, and Superintendent Kim Miller preside over Tuesday’s school board meeting as board president Zach Abraham participates through teleconferencing.

Photo by Joselyn King Ohio County Board of Education member Sarah Koegler, left, and Superintendent Kim Miller preside over Tuesday’s school board meeting as board president Zach Abraham participates through teleconferencing.

WHEELING — Ohio County Board of Education members said Tuesday discussions about school enrollment and possible redistricting could begin as soon as next month.

During the board meeting, Superintendent Kim Miller said any future decision will be made based on “what’s best for the students.”

“We monitor the attendance in each of our buildings on a regular basis. But what we are doing now is looking at capacity, and we are not at capacity. It is nothing so severe that it has to be addressed at this moment,” Miller said.

Action on redistricting could occur “sometime in the future” after there have been several meetings and discussions among board members, Miller said. She said the issue could be revisited after the start of the new year.

Board member Sarah Koegler, meanwhile, urged those discussions to begin sooner.

“We as a board have talked this year on whether we want to make some changes for the coming school year, or after that,” she said. “I actually think we need to have a pretty thorough follow-up conversation as early as our December meeting, or January meeting — where we’re laying out a specific timeline for when we will make those decisions.”

If actions are delayed until the 2019-20 school year, Koegler suggested some temporary changes could be made at school buildings where needed.

Koegler presided over Tuesday’s meeting. Board President Zach Abraham was not present, but participated via teleconference.

The board had moved recent meetings in October and November to Tuesdays as Abraham took part in the online Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program through Babson College near Boston. He had not missed a board meeting.

Previously, the board had a policy prohibiting board members from participating in meetings through call-in or video technology. The policy was changed in May to allow members to call in to meetings no more than two times during a fiscal year, but if a conflict occurs the board must first make an effort to reschedule the meeting unless the request is made within two days of the scheduled meeting.

Electronic participation in private executive sessions still is not permitted, and an executive session to discuss matters pertaining to Regional Educational Service Agency 6 was postponed until Abraham can be present.

The board returns to its regular Monday meeting schedule and will next meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at Wheeling Park High School. State Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine is scheduled to attend, and local school improvement councils will be present to provide information about their schools.

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