Brooke board OKs contract

WELLSBURG – Renewal of the contract for Assistant Superintendent Marty Bartz was among many personnel matters before the Brooke County Board of Education on Monday.

The board agreed to renew Bartz’ contract for one year from July 1 and include a $900 raise based on his education and experience.

Bartz’ current salary is $92,500.

The renewal was approved by board members Jim Piccirillo, Jim Lazear, Frank Ujcich and Chad Haught. Board member Brian Ferguson abstained because he is Bartz’ brother-in-law.

Named assistant superintendent in 2010, Bartz has been employed by the school district for more than 35 years and has served as a teacher, coach, principal and facilities supervisor.

In other business, the board accepted the resignation of Thomas Steele, formerly a custodian at Follansbee Middle School. Steele hasn’t been at the school since he was charged by the Brooke County Sheriff’s Department with petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly taking prescription medication from a locked cabinet at the school. His case is pending in Brooke County Magistrate Court.

The board also accepted a bid of $51,400 from AB Specialties of Pittsburgh for the replacement of doors at the main entrance to Brooke High School.

Rob Robinson, facilities supervisor, said the cost includes replacement of the awnings, which don’t drain well, with canvass overhangs similar to the one found at the ticket window for the school’s athletic department.

The board also:

Accepted the resignation of Angelina Carlier, a special education teacher at Follansbee Middle School, and approved the hiring of the following staff: Jesse Schwertfeger as a special education teacher specializing in autism at Follansbee Middle; Richard Henry, equipment coordinator, Brooke High School football; Elias Hannaoui, assistant girls soccer coach, high school; Karen Snoderly, bus driver.

Approved transfers for Kolbey Seidel, from special education teacher at Wellsburg Middle School to one specializing in autism at Follansbee Middle; Teresa Bailey from aide at Follansbee Middle to aide at Wellsburg Primary School; Sandra Wargo from cook at Lauretta B. Millsop Primary School to cook at Colliers Primary School.

The board also recognized:

Brent Kimball, a recent Brooke High School graduate and former member of various choirs there, for lending his singing skill to events at Brooke High School and in the community.

Piccirillo presented a plaque of appreciation to Kimball.

“He is a fine moral young man, community- and school-oriented and you can find him performing at everything from Memorial Day events to assisted living homes. He seldom says no and when he sings a patriotic song, I challenge any of you to deny that your eyes don’t well up with tears,” Piccirillo said.

The following teachers and personnel retiring this year: Jan Baker, Linda Kerr and Virginia Foresha, teachers at Brooke High School; Frances Bonnaure, a teacher at L.B. Millsop Primary School; Margaret Jeane Sheperd, teacher at Follansbee Middle; Cindy Wepler, speech therapist; Cindy Schiffbauer, teacher at Wellsburg Middle; Joan Baker and Deborah Ulrich, teachers at Wellsburg Primary; Russ Shaffer, traveling art instructor; Randy Weppler, teacher at various schools; Anna DeGarmo, Barbara Newman and Sharon Ewusiak, cooks at the high school; Al Gundrum, custodian at Colliers Primary; Sharon Hunter, custodian at Franklin Primary and Wellsburg Middle; Judith Kinney, secretary to the superintendent; Linda Leavitt, secretary at L.B. Millsop Primary School; Michael Santora, custodian at L.B. Millsop Primary; Carolyn Bruno, secretary at Colliers Primary; Karen VanDyke, secretary at Beech Bottom Primary School; and James Sampson, bus driver.

The following employees for 30 years of service: Kim Johnson, principal, Follansbee Middle; James McFadden, teacher, Follansbee Middle; Fred Rentschler, speech therapist; Judith Fowler, teacher at Beech Bottom Primary; Bruce Hunter, bus driver and mechanic with the transportation department.