Officials prepare for personnel changes for next school year

NEW CUMBERLAND — Hancock County school officials may start next month to prepare for transfers or reductions in force (RIFs) for the upcoming school year.

During Monday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Tim Woodward announced that the district will start looking into personnel calls in regard to any RIFs or transfers as early as the beginning of the new year in to prepare for the following school year.

Woodward said the calls do not have to get started by April 1, but all hearings for RIFs and transfers must be done by May 1.

“I’d like to get started early in case you forget or something,” Woodward said. “They all have to have all the hearings done by May 1.”

Meanwhile, the board approved three coaching assignments for the current school year, which included Dylan Cassiadoro as Weir High School’s boys basketball assistant coach, Keith Flannigan as a volunteer wrestling assistant coach for Oak Glen High School and Perry Mietlowski as a volunteer wrestling assistant coach for Weir High.

The board also approved the addition of John T. Young as a substitute bus operator.

Among the transfers approved were substitute aide Shanna Logston, Weirton Elementary cook Melissa Dirling, central kitchen cook Mark Sabbato, substitute custodian Richard Meyers and substitute cook Stephanie Richards.

The board approved Sabbato’s return from an unpaid leave of absence.

The board also approved the resignations of teacher Anna Troynar effective Dec. 3 citing administrative leave, Weir High girls basketball assistant coach Jim Davis effective Nov. 12 for personal reasons, and LPN/Autism mentor Melanie Thomas effective Dec. 4 also for personal reasons.

In other business:

— Woodward announced that the county schools have their S.O.S. (Save Our Summer) packets, also known as “blizzard bags”, which can be used if schools need to take additional snow days during the winter. Woodward said five packets, along with five snow days and six OSC days can be used this year if necessary.

— At the end of the meeting, the board went into executive session to hold two student hearings.

The board will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the John D. Rockefeller IV Career Center. The next regular meeting will be 5 p.m. Jan. 14, also at the career center.