Official: Brooke drivers ed cars won’t pass inspection

WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Board of Education’s transportation department will see some changes to some of its fleet in the new school year.

Transportation Director Ron Staffileno notified the board that several vehicles currently being used by the district will not pass state inspections.

Two of the vehicles in question are being used in the drivers education training classes. Staffileno suggested the cars be donated to the auto body and auto repair classes at the high school. He further suggested the cars be replaced with two cars currently being used by the board of education.

Another vehicle currently being used in the maintenance department, Staffileno suggested be declared “For farm use” and used to assist with plowing the parking lots on the high school campus.

The board voted to accept Staffileno’s recommendation.

The board chose to move three items involving the vacant school buildings in the county to executive session. The items were to discuss the utility costs of the buildings, possible action on the buildings and specific action on the L.B. Millsop Primary School.

“These are proprietary issues that could affect the value of the buildings,” board member Chris Byers said.

The board also decided to table a discussion on a $5,000 stipend for teachers and service personnel.

Superintendent Jeff Crook said he recently received a text outlining what was needed in order to receive the money.

He stated he found the text odd as the board has not come up with any rules for the money.

“I don’t know where it came from because we have not discussed it,” he said.

The board voted to table the item until it can pull minutes from previous meetings to clarify what is needed to qualify.

In other board news the following items were approved:

¯ The 2019-20 professional and service personnel salary schedules;

¯ The use of facilities policy;

¯ The budget supplements and transfers;

¯ The payment of the current bills; and

¯ Thomas Cole was hired as assistant varsity football coach; Tammy Withers was hired as a middle school science teacher; Julie Dennis middle school Gateway S.T.E.M.; Diane Rasz, middle school Gateway S.T.E.M.; Daniel Olack, middle school special education teacher; Melissa Salatino, Brooke Primary South special education aide; Joan McKitrich, high school cook; and Matthew West, mechanic in transportation department.

The board accepted resignations from Ginny Mancuso, middle school art teacher; and Jessica Kennedy, high school assistant coach for volleyball and girls basketball.