Ohio County Schools Official Takes On New Role as Director of Operations

Photo by Joselyn King The Ohio County Board of Education on Monday tapped maintenance director Brian Harto to be operations director for the district. In addition to maintenance duties, he will oversee transportation matters.

WHEELING — The Ohio County Board of Education has named maintenance director Brian Harto director of operations — a move that puts him over both the maintenance and transportation departments in the school district.

Harto will take over the duties of former transportation director David Ziegler, who retired effective Monday.

The board unanimously approved Harto’s appointment during its Monday night meeting. Board President Zach Abraham and Superintendent Kim Miller would not say what Harto’s salary will be, but did say he would be given a supplemental contract to cover the additional transportation department duties he will have.

“We can say it will be an overall cost savings,” Abraham said.

Ziegler was employed by Ohio County Schools for more than 12 years and spent more than six of those as transportation director. He was not present at Monday’s meeting, but Miller thanked him for his service to the school district.

“He has done a great job during his six and a half years as transportation director,” she said.

Board members asked her to thank him on their behalf.

Although board meetings usually are held in the district’s office in Elm Grove, the meeting Monday night took place in the media center at Wheeling Park High School.

Prior to the meeting, representatives of Local School Improvement Councils for each school within the district set up presentations outlining what is happening at their school, and what goals they have for the future.

Barry Rideout, a specialist in gifted education based at Triadelphia Middle School, showed examples of the school-produced newscast, and the weekly information blog students comprise for parents and the public.

Bridge Street Middle School Assistant David Crumm showed pictures of a wooden art sculpture designed by students at the school. The sculpture was later crafted in metal and placed in the school’s vegetable garden.

The school is proud of the vegetable garden, teacher Amy Black said. Vegetables from the garden are served to students in the school cafeteria.

Students and teachers in coding classes at Woodsdale Elementary School will be featured today on the Public Broadcasting System’s Instagram page, said teacher Sandy Wiseman. PBS has asked her to send the photos of her students to them for posting as part of their celebration of “Computers In Education Week.”

Third-grade students will be shown as they learn to code, while eighth-grade students will be photographed as they design video games, she said. Wiseman also has been asked to supply teaching tips.

In other business, board members approved a bid for replacement of the central office roof. The work will involve about 6,000 square feet of roof and be done by the Tri-State Roofing and Sheet Metal Co. for $148,340.