Hancock schools weigh coaching policy change

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Board of Education is proposing a modification to the county’s coaching policy that would keep head principals from coaching any school-based athletic programs.

The proposed amendment was discussed Monday during a special meeting of the school board, during which the board approved a request to send the policy for revision.

Superintendent Suzan Smith explained the move is a result of the passage of Senate Bill 359 by the West Virginia Legislature earlier this year.

The bill, passed by the Legislature in March, put forth various amendments to state code in an effort to reform the state’s education system by creating new student achievement standards, a new master plan for professional development, allowing more flexibility on the local level in the development of a school calendar and other provisions.

“Principals are held more accountable than ever,” Smith said. “We felt it would be best if head principals not coach.”

No other adjustments to the policy have been proposed.

In other business, the school board:

– Accepted the resignation of Weir High girls volleyball assistant coach Amanda Cain, while naming Laura Holbert as the school’s girls volleyball assistant coach; Sarah Walter as cheerleading head coach; Ashleigh Gurskey, cheerleading assistant coach; Amy Yobbagy, non-paid cheering assistant; and Tracy Schoolcraft, non-paid cross-country assistant.

– Approved recommendations for several personnel changes throughout the county.

– Named David Smith as assistant principal at Oak Glen High School. Smith had been working as the assistant principal at Oak Glen Middle School.

– Accepted bids from the purchase of bread products from Nickles Bakery and milk products from United Dairy. The bids were handled through RESA VI for its entire five-county region.