Brooke to sell old school furniture

OUTSTANDING GOLFER — The Brooke County Board of Education on Monday recognized Ryan Bilby, a sophomore on the Brooke High School golf team, for his performance at two recent tournaments. With him is Ron Ujcich, his coach.

WELLSBURG — Nonprofit groups will have an opportunity to own desks, bookshelves and other items from the former Follansbee and Wellsburg middle schools, Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute told the Brooke County school board Monday.

Shute said groups, which must be registered as nonprofit, will be able to select the items, on a first-come-first-served basis, at either school between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Those interested should call Shute or Rob Robinson, facilities director, at (304) 737-3481, extensions 210 or 221, to learn what information they will need to register at the start of the event.

Shute said Robinson will determine whether other schools will need any of the materials before Tuesday’s event. She said one motive for having it now is a request for temporary use of the facilities by local sports groups. She noted the basketball court of the Carlin Dodrill Field House can’t be used because furniture from the school is being stored there.

After deciding to consolidate the two schools into the new Brooke Middle School, school officials announced plans to sell the buildings.

Shute said Pat Ford, executive director of the Business Development Corp.of the Northern Panhandle, continues to show the buildings to various parties.

In related business, the board approved change orders for the new middle school in the amounts of $4,750 from Tomko Plumbing and $2,634 for relocation of a section of the water supply line within the building.

Robinson, who was called for comment, said the move addresses concerns from the state fire marshal’s office about access to the line in a mechanical room at the school.

Robinson also advised the board will receive $2,634 back from Grae-Con Construction, building contractor. He said the amount was allocated for the project but not needed.

In other business:

¯ Ken Orovic asked why he and other parents weren’t alerted, through the school district’s automated calling system, of a bed bug discovered in the Spanish classroom at Brooke High School.

Orovic said parents could have taken measures to prevent the parasitic insect from spreading to their homes. He said at one school pupils’ bookbags are being placed together on the floor in halls, which could allow the insects to spread.

Shute acknowledged the call system wasn’t used until a few days later but the board’s discovery of the bug, at the end of a day, and the policy for addressing the problem were posted immediately on the school district’s website.

She said the room was disinfected through steaming and an alcohol-based cleaner, as recommended by health officials, and the county health department was alerted.

Shute said she’s not aware of any other bugs being found since the one was discovered two weeks ago. She said bookbags have been hung on hooks at a primary school that lacked sufficient lockers, but lockers from one of the county’s closed schools will be moved there.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bed bugs aren’t known to spread disease but do feed on people’s blood. Often they leave a small, itchy, red mark but sometimes there are no signs of a bite.

¯ Orovic also asked why his child’s school bus frequently has arrived 20 minutes early, saying he called the school district’s transportation department but wasn’t able to reach someone with the answer. Shute encouraged Orovic to try again, but following the meeting said she would ask the transportation director.

¯ The board approved the $12,999 purchase of a utility task vehicle for the athletic trainer and maintenance staff at Brooke High School.

¯ Members recognized Ryan Bilby, a sophomore member of the high school’s golf team who earned medals at two recent regional tournaments. The son of Glenn and Christy Bilby, he earned a score of 69 in the Two Rivers Athletic Conference tournament in Parkersburg and a 73 at the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference tournament at Oglebay Park.

Coach Ron Ujcich said Bilby will represent West Virginia in an upcoming competition involving golfers from three states. He noted Bilby finished seventh in the state for the Class AAA division and was a regional winner last year.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com.)

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