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Photo by Douglass Huxley The Williamstown High School State Champion girls track team was honored during Tuesday night’s Wood County Board of Education meeting. Those present were, from left, Madelyn Anderson, Sydney Anderson, Ava Lightfritz, Brookelyn Reynolds and Alyssa Sauro

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education met Tuesday night for its regular meeting and recognized local sports teams for winning state championships, awarded service members for their work, spoke on the bond resolution approved by voters May 10, and addressed teacher recruiting.

The Williamstown High School girls’ track team, and boys’ tennis team, were recognized for winning state titles in their respective sports and received rewards for their accomplishments.

Service personnel awards were also given out to Wood County school employees, with Martin Elementary School’s cook Jodi Lockhart winning Service Personnel of the Year.

Bowles Rice attorney Thompson Pearcy spoke to the board about the bond resolution that passed May 10 which will bring in $60.85 million in funds.

The bond, which will see the bulk of funding going for three new schools to replace Lubeck Elementary School, a new consolidated elementary school in North Parkersburg and a new consolidated elementary school in Vienna.

The Williamstown High School State Champion boys tennis team was honored during Tuesday night’s Wood County Board of Education meeting. Those present were, from left, Connor Erb and Rainer Holl, and coaches Diana and Dave Leo.

“So I also want to be clear tonight,” Pearcy said, “That the adoption of this order will not issue the bonds, that’s still to come. If this is so adopted we would go to the Attorney General, he would review, and hopefully approve, the record proceedings today. Then at that point, we would go and work with a financial advisor to price the bonds to get them issued.”

This will be brought up at a future school board meeting.

Stephanie Cunningham, administrative assistant, and John Merritt, assistant superintendent and director of human resources, spoke to the board about teacher incentives and recruiting. They announced they have hired 27 new teachers but have 16 positions in special education still open.

“Kudos to our full time special education employees who have stepped up in the biggest way to help with a lot of this when substitutes are there.” Cunningham said. “They have stepped in in the largest way. So enough positive cannot be said about our current employees.”

Options were presented to help fill these positions, with one being a $1,000 a year bonus, but nothing was voted on at Tuesday’s meeting.

Wood County School Personnel of the Year awards were given out during Tuesday night’s Wood County Board of Education meeting. From left were Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook, Transportation aide Elizabeth (Libby) Wright, Bus Operator Melissa Plumly, Truck Driver/Warehouse Clerk Richard Hall, Service Personnel of the Year, cook Jodi Lockhart, and Assistant Superintendent of Support Services Michael Fling.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be on June 28.

Douglass Huxley can be reached at dhuxley@newsandsentinel.com

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