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West Virginia to Give Teachers $500 Attendance Incentive

WHEELING — The comprehensive education bill passed by West Virginia lawmakers this year will give all teachers in the state a $500 attendance bonus if they call off fewer than four days during the school year.

In Ohio County, the $500 will be in addition to the $1,350 attendance incentive bonus already teachers already receive through the school district. Ohio County teachers are paid the money if they don’t exhaust the number of sick days they have during the year.

The education bill, House Bill 206, also gives teachers an extra sick day, bringing that number to 15.

HB 206, and how it affects Ohio County Schools was the topic of the board of education’s work session Wednesday.

Business manager Steven Bieniek said after the session Ohio County Schools will receive an additional $2.2 million in state funding next year, and about $1.5 million of this will go toward wage increases for teachers and support staff.

Money for the $500 attendance incentive is included in the state funding, he said.

A special meeting of the board was convened prior to the work session on Wednesday, and was slated to start at 7:30 a.m. Superintendent Kim Miller and Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones were in a conference room meeting at that time, and the start of the school board meeting was delayed until about 7:50 a.m.

At 7:52 a.m., the board left the room for a lengthy executive session to discuss both property and personnel matters.

At 9:25 a.m., members returned. They next voted to suspend Wheeling Park High School teacher Mary Railling for five days for an undisclosed issued.

“The Ohio County Board of Education held a special meeting Wednesday, during which there was an executive session to discuss possible disciplinary action against an employee,” Miller said in a statement released after the meeting.

“Following the executive session, the board unanimously voted to suspend Wheeling Park High School teacher Mary Railing for five school days. As this is a personnel matter, school official can comment no further on the matter.”

The board next meets at 6 p.m. Monday at the board office, 2203 National Road, Wheeling.

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