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The Calhoun County board of education met Monday, 6 p.m., at its Mt. Zion office.

Under delegations, Irona Yeager, Calhoun Middle School Boosters president, suggested putting a stove in the concession stand. The board had no objections.

The board went into executive session from 6:03 to 6:35 p.m. for an expulsion hearing. Superintendent Roger Propst recommended that student 2009-10/01 be expelled for 45 days. The student can attend the Alternative Learning Center at the Career Center, and must present a negative drug test before returning to school.

Frank Tetrick said that construction workers at Pleasant Hill School will work evening shifts to complete the project. The upstairs bathrooms are functional. Dan Hill Construction reported that its work should be completed by Oct. 31.

Propst said he spoke with an employee at the health department in Parkersburg, and it is offering to come and vaccinate students for the H1N1 virus, with parent’s permission. The school system will publicize the date and time.

The board went into executive session from 6:55 to 7:27 to discuss board-superintendent relations.

The following new business was approved:

--Volunteer agreements, Betty Ellison, Lorie Bailey, Sharon “Suzanne” Allen, Sabreina Badgett, Kathryn Holbert, Arnoldsburg; Irona Yeager, Geneva Nicholson, Pleasant Hill; Donna Lagrone, Angela Jones, Danielle Stevens, Emma Richards, Norma Collins, Maxine Lane, April Falls, Sheila Falls, CM/HS.

--Student transfers, parent Jackie Grose, for grades 12th and 4th, and parent Betty Martin, PK (Calhoun to Clay); parent Lori Hamric Cottrell, 7th and 5th, and parent Amy Waggoner, K (Calhoun to Roane).

--Home school requests, parent Lynnita Gregory, 5th; parent Elizabeth Jones, 1st; parent Susan Newell, 2nd; parent Rosanne Rankine, 2nd.

--Early dismissals, Bridget Carter, Russell Butler.

--Awarding of bid for Arnoldsburg roof replacement, Sutter Roofing & Metal Co., Inc., $39,170.

Personnel items approved:

--Employment, Kelli Sampson, special education teacher, AES; Amanda Morris, data coach interventionist, PHS; Melissa Nelson Moore, special education teacher, AES; Rachel Meeks, elementary teacher, CM/ HS; Amy Fitzwater, mentor for math teacher, CM/HS; Timothy Davis, mentor for 1/2 time health teacher, CM/HS; Terry Jones, Linda Jarvis, mentors for science teacher, CM/HS;

Connie Summers, mentor for special education teacher, AES; Lori Parsons, mentor for data coach interventionist, PHS; Andy Bremar, mentor for special education teacher, CM/HS; Kristie Ritchie, Heads Up site coordinator/teacher, PHS; Janice Westfall, Heads Up site coordinator/teacher, AES; Scottie Westfall, Tammey Webb, Heads Up instructors, AES; Melissa Moore, Heads Up instructor/site coordinator, AES;

Scott Golinsky, John Bugby, Kristen Stewart, Carol Dye, Heads Up instructors, PHS; Jacob McCumbers, Heads Up instructor, PHS and AES; Melba Jean Miller, site/tutor coordinator, CM/HS; Jo Lynn Wilson, advisor, student council, CM/ HS; Norma Randall, advisor, honors-academics, CM/HS; Donald Poage, advisor, Future Farmers of America, CM/HS; Richard Metheney, multi-classified bus operator/custodian, Bus #8; Jim Morgan, 5th grade mentor, CM/HS.

--Voluntary transfers, Billy Queen, Paula Boggs, elementary teachers, AES; Lori Parsons, reading specialist, PHS; Timothy Whipkey, bus operator to Bus #2; Robert Lewis, bus operator to Bus #10; Mathew Taylor, bus operator/custodian to Bus #6.

--Substitute teachers, Ryan Gainer, Beverly Morford, Bridgette Harper, April Dawson.

--Resignations, professionals, Bobbi Bell.

--Retirement, Clyde Knotts.

--Prior service credit, Angela Ferrell, 10 years.

--Transportation request, Indianapolis, Ind., National FFA Convention, Oct. 21-23, Donald Poage (private vehicles).

Under board concerns, Lee Evans said that the Educational Alliance is providing a grant for five counties that have had a high dropout rate. It was indicated that in their studies that teachers can zero in on students that can be at risk as early as third grade. If the school system uses $10,000, then the grant will match the same amount.

Cynthia Dale asked for updated flow charts and current handbooks for each school from the superintendent.

The superintendent read a letter addressed to CHS principal Karen Kirby from the State board of education office. It stated that CM/HS has received full accreditation status. The letter read, “You (Karen Kirby) have provided the leadership necessary to move forward. We want to especially acknowledge the teachers at CM/HS, who recommended the fine programs and services observed by the education performance audit team. We extend our best wishes for continued success.”

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. The next regular meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m., at the board of education office.

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