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Superintendent asks drivers to pay closer attention to buses

By JULIE RIEDEL

Staff Writer

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va.–Superintendent Dawn Petrovich asked drivers to pay attention to school buses at Monday’s Board of Education meeting. Petrovich made the reminder in response to a bus accident on Thursday. There were no students on the board during the accident, and neither the driver or bus aid were injured.

“As a reminder to our drivers, if they would be very careful, you know cars, trucks, to watch out for the busses and to stop when you see the lights. It’s so important to follow the rules, you know not only are you endangering the lives of children but also our bus drivers.”

Petrovich had limited information about the accident. She said it involved a pickup truck delivering coal and one of the busses.

Chris Enochs, transportation department director, reported the accident happened around 12:40 p.m. on Route 2 in Newell. The bus was going to pick up students at the end of the day. Enochs said they are waiting on the insurance company to determine if the bus was totaled as a result of the accident.

Petrovich thanked the first responders, transportation department and pedestrians who helped.

In other action, the board:

— Approved a leave of absence for Ashley Riggs.

— Approved unpaid days for Tracy Rocknich and James Barr.

— Approved the resignations of Barbara Van Beveren countywide substitute teacher, and David Cowden baseball assistant at Weir High School.

— Approved the coaching assignment of Thomas Martin as unpaid baseball assistant at Oak Glen High School, pending favorable fingerprints.

— Approved Patrick Speer as countywide substitute custodian, pending favorable fingerprints.

— Approved the transfer of Robert Brew Jr. from substitute bus operator to bus operator 172.

— Approved the list of bills provided in their packet.

— Approved the acceptances of three students, two for this school year and one for next year. They also approved the release of one student for next year.

— Approved an overnight field trip for Weir High School Baseball team to Keyser April 3 to 4. The trip will be booster funded.

— Approved short days for 10 students at Oak Glen High School and 25 students at Weir High School. Two students from Oak Glen were not approved.

— Voted to place a textbook selection and adoption policy out for public comment.

— Petrovich announced she is working on a Freedom of Information Act request.

— Danny Kaser, board member, asked to go into executive session to discuss an invoice from Bowles Rice LLP. Kaser reported having additional information about the matter he wanted to pass on to the board. No action was taken.

— Larry Shaw, board member, congratulated the Weirton Elementary staff for the “Read With Me Weirton” program. He said it is a wonderful program and he is happy to see the excitement and community involvement with the program. Melanie Donofe, teacher at Weirton Elementary School, said the program is still going on and the final sessions will be at 8:45 a.m. and 10 a.m Friday. Donofe invited Shaw and the other board members to attend the final sessions.

The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. Feb. 27.

jriedel@reviewonline.com

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