Hancock County BOE approves personnel matters

NEW CUMBERLAND — Several personnel matters, including assignments, resignations, transfers and terminations, were approved Monday by the Hancock County Board of Education.

Approved by the board included

One coach and three extracurricular assignments at Weir High School for this school year were approved: unpaid assistant football coach Michael Buffo, Class of 2020 advisor Candice Dotson, Class of 2021 advisors Alisa Hannah and Nicolette Hill, and Literary Magazine advisor Morgan Bricker. Buffo met state guidelines established for non-certified personnel who were employed in coaching activities.

Three substitute teachers were also approved for the school year: Melvin Coleman, Anthony Filberto, and Raymond Shaffer.

Coleman’s areas of certification include health education from grades 5 through adult, physical education from grades 5 through adult, biological science for high school and adults, general science from grades 5 through adult, and physical education, safety education and mathematics all for grades 7-12.

Filberto will handle physical education and safety education for grades 7-12, and Shaffer will handle mathematics for grades 7-12.

Two transfers also were also approved, to which countywide substitutes will now move into contracted locations effective Sept. 13. Approved was bus operator Terry Scott, who will serve as operator for 5.75 hours a day for 200 days, and custodian Oliver Lonkert, who will now work at Allison Elementary for eight hours a day for 220 days.

The board, however, also approved five terminations within the district, all of whom are substitute teachers.

Four of the teachers — John Briscoe, Theresa D’Aurora, Millicent Hines and Linda Makar — were placed on administrative release, effective Monday. A fifth teacher, Emily Hambleton, sought other employment, and her termination was effective last Saturday.

Superintendent Tim Woodward explained the terminations were requested due to accreditations and certifications set forth by the state that were not accomplished by July 1. Woodward said the board had been lenient in the past and have given those teachers time to obtain the needed certifications, but added the board does not necessarily have to take this approach.

“Quite frankly, we have to get it under control with not having the proper certification when it comes time to teach because the only people who suffer are our children,” Woodward said. “We’re trying to hire teachers. They’re starting off with (substitutes) and those kinds of things. Quite frankly, it’s not fair to our children.”

As for other matters, the board approved the resignations of substitute bus operator Sheryll Hertzler, effective Aug. 28, and New Manchester Elementary third grade teacher Ruth Tennant and Weir High wrestling assistant Quinton Smith, both effective Sept. 5. Tennant listed medical reasons for her resignation, while Smith cited personal reasons and Hertzler sought other employment.

In other business:

— A moment of silence was observed at the start of Monday’s meeting to recognize and remember those who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in a plane crash near Shanksville, Pa.

— The board approved an overnight trip for the Oak Glen Middle volleyball team to Clarksburg for the Hilltopper Invitational, scheduled Oct. 7.

— The board approved the re-adoption of another policy for the 2017-18 school year, which involves regulations for the educations of students with exceptionalities.

— A special work session will be conducted by the board at 5 p.m. Sept. 19, while the next regular meeting is 5 p.m. Sept. 25 at the John D. Rockefeller Career Center.