The Logan County Board of Education when into a executive session on Thursday, July 19, in preparation for the upcoming 2012-13 school term. During the executive session, the personnel list discussed concerning transfers, retirements and job postings.
After returning, BOE President Phyllis Adkins asked for motions to accept invoices and the financial report; both were approved. The personnel and classroom addendum was also approved and carried.
“We have a lot of job posting and jobs we are going to have to fill,” said BOE member Mark McGrew during the remarks portion of the meeting. “If anybody knows anyone that wants to come to work, have them give us a call.”
“The next term is ready,” said member Bill Davis. “Turn around twice and school is going to be starting. Obviously we need teachers.”
Davis is referring to the fact that there were more than 30 people, many of them teachers, who retired at the end of the 2011-12 school term.
“We’re losing a lot of good teachers and administrators and that is a challenge,” said member Pat White. “Although the school year is down, we have a lot of summer programs that are aiding our students.”
Logan County Schools Superintendent Wilma Zigmond discussed some of the summer programs, including the free meals provided during the summer.
“Eighteen and under eat free,” said Zigmond. “We have fed thousands and thousands.”
During the summer, the BOE has had four feeding centers open providing the free meals.
Zigmond also mentioned the number of positions up for job postings.
“We have a huge list,” said Zigmond.
Zigmond also talked about the new immunization requirement for incoming seventh and twelfth grade students.
“All seventh grade and all seniors — prior to the first day of school — have to have a vaccination upgrade,” said Zigmond. “It is a Dtap upgrade and a meningitis upgrade.”
Zigmond said that letters had been sent home to parents and guardians notifying them of the mandatory vaccination upgrade.
“West Virginia law — it is not Logan County Schools — states that come the first day of school on August 20th, if those children have not been vaccinated they will not be allowed to stay at school,” said Zigmond. “We don’t want to send anybody home on the first day of school. That’s not the way it should start, especially for seniors.”
The Logan Banner reported on June 28 that, according to the Logan County Health Department, only four of the 410 students receiving notices have received the vaccination upgrade. Students will have to show proof they received Tdap and Meningitis immunizations before they are admitted to class.
The health department provides immunizations every Tuesday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and from 12:30-3 p.m. and a clinic is scheduled from 1-6 p.m. on July 30. The health department requires the following documentation: an up-to-date shot record; a note signed by the parent or legal guardian granting permission for the immunization if another caregiver brings the child and a referral from the doctor if immunizations are not covered by insurance or provided at the doctor’s office. For more information on immunizations and requirements for children of all ages, visit wvdhhr.com or call the health department at 304-792-8630.
The next BOE meeting is set for 5 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the central offices in West Logan.