Hancock County school board adjusts ACA resolution

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Board of Education is making some adjustments to its recently-adopted Affordable Care Act resolution following changes in the federal law.

The school board has been crafting a resolution since February and had a policy approved recently. However, during Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Suzan Smith explained changes already were required.

“We didn’t get very far, and there already have been changes made,” Smith said.

The changes discussed involved regulations for the county’s substitute employees. However, Smith explained while the board needs to officially begin monitoring on May 1, other changes could still arise.

Also Monday, the board agreed to continue with the Demand Response/Energy Efficiency Program offered by KOREnergy.

“We have had this for two or three years,” Smith said.

The program works with participating schools – Allison Elementary, Oak Glen Middle, Oak Glen High, Weir Middle, Weir High and the Rockefeller Career Center – in an effort to save the school district money in energy costs.

The board also approved a request for eight custodians to work up to 10 extra days in the summer to move supplies, furniture and other items from Liberty, Broadview and Weirton Heights elementary schools to the new Weirton Elementary.

“It’s moving furniture,” Smith explained in response to questions from Board member Patsy Brancazio about whether all custodial employees will be considered for the work. “They’re going to know that right away.”

Brancazio also asked if there had been any discussion about hiring professional movers to assist in the process. Smith said that is a possibility if additional assistance is needed.

“We have to give our people first choice,” she said.

The West Virginia Department of Education has awarded funding to the county to place math and English teachers at the John D. Rockefeller Career Center.

Smith explained the math and English teachers will work in a cooperative effort with existing career center instructors to enhance current coursework with aspects of the math and English fields. Students completing the program would receive credit.

“There are seven other states doing this,” Smith said. “It has been very successful in other states.”

Smith also announced she had been contacted by the state superintendent of schools with notification the county’s 2014-2015 school calendar had been accepted by the state. The full calendar is expected to be released before the end of the current school year.

In other business, the board:

* declared several pieces of outdated computer equipment as surplus property.

* approved an invoice from PSI for $155.50 for the Weirton Elementary project

* approved the county’s professional and service personnel pay scale for the 2014-2015 school year

* approved $90,468.26 for the purchase of a new food truck for the district

* approved several bids for a new maintenance truck, including $26,740 for a 2015 Chevy Silverado, $7,696 for a truck bed and $4,600 for a plow

* the board will next meet 5 p.m. May 5 for a budget workshop, and 5 p.m. May 14 for a regular board meeting.