Hancock County Board of Education began its regular meeting by recognizing the achievement of a second- grade student, Maxwell, who placed 1st in the National Learning Ally Race.  The program assists struggling readers.  Students hear a book first and then see the book on the printed page.  The opportunity to hear the book prior to seeing the printed version improves children’s reading skills.

The Board also congratulated the Weir Middle School 7th Grade Basketball BMC Chanps.

The Board voted 5-0 to abolish the Benefit Coordinator position.  The individual holding the position is retiring and Joe Campinelli, finance director, felt the duties were more in line with the Professional Accountant position newly created which will be filled by Kimberly Glass.

In other business, the Board:

**Voted to create eight cafeteria manager positions,  While the food is cooked in the central kitchen, each school would now have a manager to oversee the deliverance of the food.   No new employees will be hired, but one of the employees at each of the eight schools will assume the duties.

**Accepted the resignaions o Bea Cashdollar, special needs/preK; Denise Schwab,, speech language pathologist; Gayle Martin, teacher Weir High; Tracy Ohalek, teacher, Weirton Elementary and John J. Pennacchio,Jr.

**Substatute approved for assignment are Patricia Cowan and Alexandra Burchett;

**Liana Glenn was approved as Assistant Girls; Track coack at Weir High;

**Classified employees granted unpaid leave are Ronald Richmond, Ashley Runkel, Beverly Dawson, Margie Apesos, Kaylie Ferguson, Cynthia Parrish and William King.

**The Board accepted the resignation of Sue Clutter as custodian from New Manchester Elementary;

**Resignation was accepted from Tyler Hamilton as countywide substitute custodian

**Ronald Dinlap was approved as a substitute mechanic helper and Carole Zaninelli as a substitute aide;

**Permission was granted for Weir High Academic Games to travel t o Orlando, Florida for the Natiional Academic Games Tournament, April 20-25.