Cabell BOE meeting moved to Wednesday

November 6, 2018

HUNTINGTON — The Cabell County Board of Education will meet Wednesday evening, instead of its regular first and third Tuesday meeting, in observance of Election Day.

The meeting is set for its normal 5:30 p.m. start at the board’s central office at 2850 Fifth Ave., in Huntington.

Items up for a vote include moving forward with the construction of “man-trap” double-doors at Altizer and Spring Hill elementary schools by awarding the bid to ZMM Architects, which regularly completes projects for the district.

The two smaller, older elementary schools are some of the few in the county that do not have double-doored main entrances, which are designed to be remotely locked and keep out intruders.

Cabell County Schools was granted $256,000 in state funds by the School Building Authority in June for the new secure entrances Altizer and Spring Hill. The county will contribute an additional $827,000 of its own funds to complete the projects.

The board may also vote to purchase two additional maintenance vans - a KUV one-ton van for plumbers and a Transit Connect minivan for technology. The combined price is estimated at $59,225.

In policy matters, the board will hear a second reading of a update that will expanded its “area of critical need or shortage” in substitute teachers to include world languages, art, music and physical education.

County policy defines an area of critical need or shortage as “an area of certification and training in which the number of available substitute teachers in the county who hold certification and training in that area and who are not retired is insufficient to meet the projected need for substitute teachers.”

The county’s area of critical need for substitutes currently includes science, school nurses, special education, math and speech language pathology.

The board approved the first reading of the revision at the Oct. 16 meeting.

In other business, the board may vote to enter an interagency agreement with the Wayne Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Cabell County students will be allowed to observe and earn clinical training at the Wayne medical facility. The board has entered into similar interagency agreements with at least a dozen other local health care businesses.

The board may also enter into similar agreements for students to receive job experience at three local automotive shops - East End Body Shop, Keaton’s Collision and RMS Profinishers - as part of the county’s Powerful Partners program.

Cabell County Schools has long partnered with local businesses to provide learning experiences for vocational students and students with disabilities - most notably though its Powerful Partners agreements with more than 40 businesses in Cabell County including pharmacies, libraries, grocery stores, restaurants and retail stores allowing for work-based learning experiences through field trips, job shadowing, mentorships, internships or apprenticeships.

The Cabell County Board of Education regularly meets the first and third Tuesday of each month. Meetings are always open to the public.

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