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Board of Education Hears Reports on Assessments, Attendance

Several presentations were made during last Tuesday’s meeting of the Marshall County Board of Education.

Mrs. Karen Klamut, the county’s director of state assessment, spoke on state assessment results in Marshall County schools. She stated that seven schools in the county met growth targets. They were Cameron Elementary, Central Elementary, Glen Dale Elementary, Sand Hill Elementary and Cameron High, all of which met or exceeded the annual growth target in the area of mathematics.

Washington Lands Elementary and Cameron High met or exceeded the annual growth target in the area of English/Language Arts.

Both Cameron High and John Marshall High met the annual growth target in the area of graduation rate.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Shelby Haines presented an attendance status report. She pointed out that attendance is one area of need across the state, and as a result she will be presenting attendance initiatives to the board of education on a regular basis. Dr. Haines said that attendance director Tracy Mercer has already set up meetings with the four schools that did not meet the attendance target set by the West Virginia Department of Education.

Mike Price presented a construction update dealing with Cameron Elementary School, noting that everything is projected to be completed by mid-November. He said there have been renovations to the school’s HVAC, upgrading of the safety requirements at the entry to the school, along with improving classroom walls and doors. The final phase will be to evaluate the intercom system to ensure that safety needs are met.

The board of education at Tuesday’s meeting approved M&G Contractors to do the design services work on the all-purpose room at Cameron High School. The current structure houses a concession stand and locker rooms on one floor. The design work will be for a second floor on the building. Price said the addition is slated to be completed in mid-August 2020.

In other matters, Dr. Haines informed the board members that a second principal professional learning community meeting had been held prior to the board meeting. She said, “We have been focusing on safety, policy and classroom walk-throughs.The walk-throughs being a way for principals to observe teaching strategies and give feedback to teachers.” She added, “They are a very powerful tool for improving instructional practices.”

Dr. Haines noted that she had met with Jane Klug and Nila Chaddock from the Marshall County Historical Society and they shared a number of resources that might be used in the classroom. She was also informed that there would an open house at the Cockayne Farmstead from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Oct. 19.

Dr. Haines also stated that there had been a recent Comprehensive Educational Facilities Planning (CEFP) meeting. The purpose of the CEFP is to inspect and report the current status of school facilities and make a plan for the next 10 years. The first step in the process will be to form a planning committee that includes representatives from the county. The representatives will review information presented on building structures as well as operations and support of the school system. The first meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 25 at the Board office.

Cameron High School will be holding its homecoming this coming weekend.

During halftime of Friday night’s football game against Paden City, a Homecoming Queen and a Homecoming King will be crowned.

The Queen candidates are Jordan Dotson, Carson Howard, Emily Roskelly and Kimmie Simms

The King candidates are Jessop Broughton, Zane Clutter, Noah Neely and Garrett Scott.

This year’s Queen attendants are: Lili Neely, junior class; Carlie O’Neil, sophomore class; and Gretchen Foster, freshman class.

The CHS Homecoming Dance will take place Saturday evening at the school.

John Marshall High School senior Jessica Jasinski has been named Career & Technical Education Student of the Month for September.

Jasinski, a senior in the school’s engineering program, is a member of the Monarch Company, Monarch Choir, the International Thespian Society, the National Honor Society and the archery team.

Even though she plans to become a veterinarian after graduating from JMHS, she knows that taking engineering classes will help her in life. “I have had lot of teamwork experience that will benefit me in my future,” Jasinski said. She added, “I have strengthened my communication skills and have developed better problem-solving abilities.”

The CTE student is the daughter of James and Samantha Jasinski of Glen Dale.

Marshall County Emergency Manager Director Thomas D. Hart was one of 38 EM persons to graduate recently from the National Emergency Management Basic Academy held recently at Flatwoods.

The graduation marked the completion of the first-ever Federal Emergency Management & Emergency Management Institute Basic Academy to be hosted in West Virginia.

The academy training was offered by the FEMA Emergency Management Institute and sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

The goal of the academy was to support the early career of emergency managers through a training experience of all fundamental systems, concepts, and practices of cutting-edge emergency management. The class consisted of 152 classroom hours, and six prerequisite independent study courses over a seven month period.

The classes included Foundations of Emergency Management, Science of Disaster, Planing Emergency Operations, Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, and Public Information and Warnings.

Hart said, “The class required a lot of time away from home and the office, and completing a program such as this required a good support system; my wife Tiffany, Marshall County Commissioners Scott Varner, John Gruzinskas, Mike Ferro, County Administrator Betsy Frohnapfel and my OEM staff: Mike Mucheck, Tracy White and Tony Novel.”

St. Francis Xavier Church and Knights of Columbus Council No. 1907 will sponsor a monthly fish fry from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m., (or sold out) on Oct. 11 at Xavier Hall, Sixth Street and Baker Avenue, Moundsville.

Available will be Canadian whitefish sandwiches, pierogies, macaroni and cheese, French fries, homemade desserts, and coffee.

Eat-in, carry out along with free local delivery will be available. Call 304-845-7080.

The Marshall County Fall Dumpster Clean-up will begin this coming weekend.

Free dumpsters will be located from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday at Benwood’s City Garage in North Benwood, and at the former football field in McMechen.

Items which will be accepted for disposal are: Car and light truck tires (17 inch and smaller), white goods, electronics, computers, air conditioners, humidifiers and dehumidifiers.

Anyone wishing additional information pertaining to the dumpstes can contact the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority at 304-780-9866 or Howard Coffield at HowardCof@comcast.net

These services are provided for residential use and are not intended for businesses or industry.

The annual Marshall County Public Library in Moundsville will be holding its annual fall book sale over a four-day period starting this Friday and concluding on Oct. 8.

The dates and hours are: Oct. 4 and Oct. 7, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Oct. 5 and Oct. 8, 10 a.m. until noon.

The Moundsville Woman’s Club is sponsoring the book sale with all proceeds benefiting the library.

Campfire storytelling will take place at 7 p.m. on Oct. 10, 17 and 24 at the Zipline Base Camp (old Shelter 1) at Grand Vue Park. The story teller will be Rich Knoblich.

Families are invited to gather around a blazing hearth and enjoy great tales from funny to frightful! Those attending are to bring snacks and blankets.

The event is being sponsored by the Moundsville-Marshall County Library.

John Marshall High School will be the site of Thursday’s Marshall County Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event. The hours are 5-7 p.m.. in the Senior Commons.

The BAH is being sponsored by Marshall County Schools and West Virginia Northern Community College.

Those planning to attend are to RSVP the Chamber at 304-845-2773 or email to chamber@marshallcountychamber.com.

Monday is the deadline for making reservations for the John Marshall High School Wall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony. Reservations are to be made by contacting WOF chairman Joe Komorowski at 304-845-3403.

The banquet/induction, which is open to the public, will take place at 5 p.m. on Oct. 19 at the Moundsville Country Club.

A ribbon cutting was held this past Friday to kick off the Dungeon of Horrors event at the former West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville. It was the first time that a ribbon cutting ceremony has taken place for the kickoff of the DOH.

The Marshall County Chamber of Commerce provided the “tools” for the kickoff.

The Dungeon of Horrors and the North Wall will take place on weekends through Nov. 2.

It was quite interesting to watch five granite slabs being removed from trucks and placed on footers in the new Veterans Memorial Plaza located on the lawn of the Marshall County Courthouse.

In addition to the five large slabs, there is a smaller slab with emblems of the branches of service, six benches and four smaller monuments.

The slabs will be unveiled at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23, with the public invited to attend.

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