Board Schedules Special Meeting

    Members of the Hancock County Board of Education will meet with their attorney, Jason Long of Dinsmore & Shohl,  in a special meeting March 1 at 5 p.m. to discuss whether posing  questions on an issue during the “Good of Order” portion of the agenda is a violation of the West Virginia Ethics Act.
    Board President Dan Kaser called for the meeting after he  objected to member Chris Gillette’s questions to Finance Director Joe Campinelli  on the amount spent from the Bond Levy on Oak Glen and Weir High’s baseball field under the “Good of Order” portion of the Agenda.  Listed at the end  of the meeting agenda, the  “Good of the Order” portion of the agenda is defined by Roberts Rules of Order as “where members may make statements or offer observations about the character or work of the organization.”  
    Kaser said in his opinion bringing up a question at the end of the meeting under “Good of the Order” violates the Open Meeting Law.  Designed to provide the citizens and the media with prior notice of items which will be discussed at public meetings, the Open Meeting Law requires agenda items be listed and posted three business days  prior to the meeting.  The law also provides for an addendum to be added up to two business days prior to the meeting which must still be posted to the public. 

In other business, the Board:
**Approved payment of $177,000 to West Virginia Virtual for students who had opted to attend virtual school during the COVID pandemic. Superintendent Dawn Petrovich the payment covered the first semester with 305 students participating. She said WV Virtual provided 10 free slots with the County being billed for 295 students;
**Approved the high school Program of Study for the 2021/22 school year;
**Approved unpaid days for Elissa Greathouse;
**Approved an unpaid leave of absence for Joni Speece;
**Assigned Ethan Dray to Business Education teacher at Weir High;
**Accepted the resignations of Paul Buffington, assistant Boys’ Basketball Weir High, and Aaron Velegol, head Boys’ Tennis Weir High;
**Approved Robert Bozek as Assistant Baseball Coach Oak Glen High and Ken Keller as Head Girls’ Tennis Coach, Oak Glen High;
**Transferred James M. Orr from substitute custodian, countywide, to custodian II, Oak Glen Middle/Oak Glen High; Thomas E. Volbert from substitute custodian, countywide, to custodian II, Transportation Dept./New Manchester Elem.; and Scott Mellott from substitute aide, countywide, to supervisory aide II-IV, initial placement bus #105;
**Transferred Cody Hixenbaugh from custodian II, Allison Elementary, to custodian II, Weir Middle/Weir High; Christal Cowden from custodian II, Weir Middle School, to custodian IV/GM, Weir Middle; and Ronald Dunlap from bus operator #75 to bus operator #139.