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Ohio County Schools: Summer Meal Packs To Go Out This Week

Photo by Joselyn King Ohio County Board of Education President David Croft and Superintendent Kim Miller await the start of Monday night’s board meeting.

WHEELING — The free summer meal packs Ohio County Schools planned to send home to students didn’t get shipped last week, but they will go out by Friday, said Renee Griffin, child nutrition director for Ohio County Schools.

Packages containing five days worth of shelf-stable breakfast and lunch items were to be delivered by UPS drivers each week beginning June 7 through July 26.

“There was an issue with trying to pick up the shipments, but it has been worked out,” Griffin said. “We have been working with customer support and getting help.

“I’m glad we got the glitches worked out and we will move forward.”

Griffin has explained delivery by UPS was the most effective way to send the meals, as the school district is a member of the Mountaineer Co-op and receives a discount.

There are 586 students signed up to receive the meals. Griffin said the first 250 meal packs will go out today, with the remainder arriving at students’ homes by Friday.

In other matters within Ohio County Schools, Superintendent Kim Miller, Assistant Superintendent Rick Jones, innovation coordinator JoJo Shay and business manager Steven Bieniek traveled to Bridgeport, West Virginia to present to a team from the West Virginia Department of Education its plan for spending money it receives through the American Rescue Plan.

Ohio County Schools is seeking more than $12 million as its share of the state’s COVID relief money, according to Miller.

“We gave a pretty thorough presentation on how we will be spending money to cover the cost of safety, instruction, improvement of physical space and energy efficiency with a focus on learning loss and safety as we move forward,” Miller told board of education members Monday night.

At 8 a.m. Thursday, the board will convene for a special meeting to hear the same presentation from Miller and the others.

A public hearing on the school district’s spending plan will take place at 5:30 p.m. on June 28.

The hearing will be recorded and be available on the school district’s website for two weeks, she said. Public comment on the plan will be accepted during that time.

Also during Monday’s board meeting, Jerry Ames, president of the Ohio County School Service Personnel Association, thanked the board and the administration for the recent 2% raise approved for all school employees.

He said he especially wanted to thank Bieniek, “the numbers guy” for finding a way to make the wage increase possible.

“I know he crunched the numbers to get that,” Ames said. “He came through for all employees.”

Prior to the start of Monday’s meeting, employees retiring from Ohio County Schools were honored.

There are 28 employees retiring, and collectively they represent 585½ years of service, according to information provided by the school district.

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