Brooke library to get new look

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Board of Education on Monday accepted a bid for new furniture and shelves for the Brooke High School library and heard a proposal to offer a program that could prepare Brooke students for a career in medical technology.

Tom Sexton and Associates of Walton, Ky., submitted the winning bid of $48,472 for new counters, shelving, computer tables, chairs and other furnishings for the school library.

Last month the board accepted a bid of $35,694 from Carpet Showcase of Wheeling for new carpet for the library. Board members said the carpet hadn’t been replaced since the school opened more than 40 years ago.

The library’s renovation is among projects to be funded from $661,955 received from Chesapeake Energy for leasing up to 189 acres of school property for natural gas drilling.

The lease was entered with the agreement that no wells be established on the property and the board and Chesapeake mutually agree upon any pipelines or access roads built there.

In other business, Joe Starcher, the school district’s director of career technical education, suggested adding a health information technology program to the high school’s vocational curriculum.

Starcher said Health Informatics, a program offered at high schools in Ohio and Kentucky, enables students to earn a two-year certificate in the field. He said the field is expected to grow with a greater demand for electronic medical records prompted by Obamacare.

He said Cynthia Sundstrom, coordinator of health science education for the state Board of Education, will visit Brooke County in April to discuss the program.

If adopted, it wouldn’t be the first health care field studied by Brooke High School students. Ten to 20 students have enrolled each year in a two-year program preparing them for careers as certified nursing assistants, Starcher said.

Students in the course currently gain work experience at Brightwood Center Genesis Eldercare, a local assisted living facility; and a number have gone on to become registered nurses, he said.

The board also recognized the winners of the transportation department’s school bus safety poster contest. The contest is held each year to promote safety, by children and adults, when near school buses.

This year’s theme was “Stand Back from Yellow and Black,” referring to the buses’ colors. Serving as sponsors were Dr. Pat Cipoletti, NAPA Auto Parts of Wellsburg, Main Street Bank and Hone and Son Trucking.

Transportation Director Ron Staffileno and Debbie Baker, the department’s office manager; presented prizes to the winners, and Board member Jim Lazear displayed each winner’s poster as they were announced.

Cash prizes of $25, $15 and $10 were presented to first, second and third place winners, respectively, and all received a certificate and bank in the shape of a school bus.

Winners for each grade were:

Kindergarten: Payton Adler of Wellsburg Primary School, first place; and Meah Doll and Calin Thomas, both of Franklin Primary School, second and third place.

First grade: Bobby Shuble of Lauretta B. Millsop Primary School, first place; Owen Petrella of Jefferson Primary School, second place; and Navayla Williams of Wellsburg Primary School, third place.

Second grade: Maura Jones of Millsop Primary School, first place; Nikena Croce of Jefferson Primary School, second place; and Madison Lewis of Hooverson Heights Primary School, third place.

Third grade: Mia Camilletti of Wellsburg Primary School, first place; Jaclin Hedmond of Jefferson Primary School, second place; and Jaden Tennant of Colliers Primary School, third place.

Fourth grade: Morgan Roadman and Olivia Cipoletti, both of Franklin Primary School, first and second place; and Donovan Forster of Colliers Primary School, third place.

In other business, the board:

Heard from Patti Barnabei, founder of Never Alone West Virginia, a nonprofit Christian group that promotes a drug- and addiction-free community, who invited the board to its Many Faces of Addiction program at 6 p.m. April 16 at Madonna High School.

Barnabei, who was accompanied by several members of the group, said the program will offer information about various forms of addiction. The guest speaker will be Frank Kros of Baltimore, who has worn a variety of hats, including child care worker, attorney and professor, and will talk on the science of addiction and its impact on the human brain, particularly that of teens.