The Marshall County Board of Education expects to begin asbestos testing for John Marshall High School next week in preparation for the building's renovation work.
The board Tuesday unanimously approved hiring Pinnacle Environmental Consultants Inc. of Hurricane, W.Va. for $30,790 to perform the tests. According to Superintendent Michael Hince, the board is required to have asbestos testing for older buildings before starting a construction project.
"They will take samples of several areas in the school such as painted areas or pipes," Hince said.
In other business, the board also unanimously voted to suspend a professional employee for three days without pay after going into executive session for about 10 minutes. Hince declined to name the employee or disclose the reason for the suspension.
Hince also announced a "working" school calendar has been sent to the county's schools for school committees to review. He said all feedback would be collected in March to create a single calendar for the county to present to the board.
The Local School Improvement Councils for Central Elementary and Moundsville Middle School made presentations at the meeting outlining the schools' efforts to incorporate the Next Generation Content Standards into classrooms and other improvements made in the schools.
Central Elementary Principal Karen Klamut said the school has installed new keypads in the school's doors to improve the safety of the building. Klamut also asked the board to consider updating the school's cafeteria to include an intercom and installing a panic button for the secretary's desk to further improve safety measures. Assistant Principal Sandy McAllister also touched on safety issues, saying students practice four emergency procedures throughout the year.