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Hancock County Board of Education to help with Weirton field

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Board of Education will contribute toward updates at the Edwin J. Bowman Field in Weirton, members decided during this week’s meeting.

The Weir High baseball team uses the field, and Weirton Parks and Recreations manages it. The park board approached the board about contributing toward a new scoreboard and public address system. The baseball team has used the field for years, and the scoreboard and public address system need to be updated.

The total project is estimated to cost between $18,000 and $20,000. Joseph Campinelli, the school district’s director of finance, said the board is looking into two scoreboard options, a smaller one priced at $14,750 and a larger one estimated around $17,000.

Board member Larry Shaw expressed concerns about a Title IX violation because of the cost. The district provides a field for the Weir High softball team. Campinelli and board member Danny Kaser said they did not see it being an issue. Campinelli said the other teams have scoreboards and public address systems, but he said they can consult with an attorney. Kaser mentioned the school district maintains the other fields and that is an expense they don’t have at the Edwin J. Bowman Field.

Board member Toni Hinerman asked if they use the field the most, which Campinelli replied they probably do.

The board agreed to contribute $10,000 toward the smaller scoreboard and $12,000 to the larger one. The amount the district pays will be determined by which scoreboard is chosen.

Board President Michelle Chappell asked if they could advertise on the scoreboard, and asked if they could extend their lease agreement for the field due to the contribution. Campinelli said he is not sure if they have a lease agreement, but they can look into it, and create one if they don’t already have an agreement.

In other business, the board:

¯ Asked second-grade student Cash McMahan and third-grade student Asa Brewer to read their 2019 “When I Grow Up” essays. For being winners they received $500 to a SMART529 college savings plan, and $500 for the school. The two received the money during an assembly held on Oct. 22 where State Treasurer John Perdue attended to present their winnings.

¯ Approved the Rockefeller Career Center’s strategic plan, which reviews the career center’s mission, purpose of all programs and the overall strategic plan for both the adult and secondary classes. The board reviews the strategic plan each year.

¯ Received an update from Robert Steptoe, from Crews and Associates and Sean Garin, an attorney at Dinsmore, about the refinancing of the district’s 2011 bonds. Steptoe said that because the market is volatile and they are waiting for feedback from perspective banks on the private bank placement bonds, the district might decide to go with publicly issued bonds, but they are looking into private bonds.

¯ Approved an updated extracurricular coaching salary schedule to include the Weir High bowling team.

¯ Approved the expulsion of two students for 365 days. The board held a special session before the regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the situation that resulted in the expulsion.

¯ Approved leave of absences for Ila Hanlon and Kenneth Gunn.

¯ Approved the resignation of Linda Spencer, part-time adult education instructor at the Rockfeller Career Center.

¯ Approved the following coaching assignments: Vance Miller, unpaid wrestling assistant at Weir Middle School; Joe Jimboy, girls track assistant at Weir High; and Christopher Pugh, baseball assistant at Oak Glen High School.

¯ Approved Yetta Hoover, pending fingerprints, as an unpaid chaperone and volunteer for the Weir High softball team.

¯ Approved the resignation of Jennifer Molish, yearbook adviser at Oak Glen High School.

¯ Approved Geri Shane, pending fingerprints, for the LNP/autism mentor itinerant position at Weirton Elementary School from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m, for 200 days for seven hours a day.

¯ Approved Ashley Tharp, pending favorable state testing results, as countywide substitute aide.

¯ Approved the transfer of bus driver Jodi Davis.

¯ Approved the Weir High softball team’s overnight field trip request to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., from April 8-11. The trip will be funded by the boosters club.

The next meeting will be at 5 p.m. Nov. 25 at the Rockefeller Career Center.

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