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Photo by Douglass Huxley Jason Potts, director of curriculum instruction for off-campus learning, gave a presentation to the Wood County Board of Education on Tuesday evening about the Wood County Schools Distance Learning Academy (DLA). The DLA has expanded and now includes classes in fine arts, physical education, and robotics.

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Board of Education met Tuesday evening for its regular meeting to receive an update on ongoing construction projects and upgrades from the Distance Learning Academy (DLA).

Michael Fling, Assistant Superintendent of Support Services, gave a presentation on ongoing construction projects in Wood County.

“I want to say up front, for clarification, that none of the projects I’m talking about tonight are tied to the 2022 nexus,” fling said. “These are still being designed and planned, and the bonds have not yet been sold.”

Fling told the board that the Jefferson Elementary project is on schedule and the materials are coming. He said they had been waiting 32 weeks for some equipment to arrive. He spoke to the Parkersburg High School Field House Board of Trustees receiving a new HVAC system. The board then approved a bid for the project, but Fling talked about ordering material sooner.

“This project is due to end in May 2023. This is the time we are waiting for to get the equipment. It’s so far behind. fling said. “I must thank Mr. (Ryan) Taylor and Pickering Associates for moving these projects forward so that we can complete them in a timely manner.”

Other projects discussed include new windows at Edison Middle School, a fenced-in yard at Parkersburg South High School, and multiple concrete projects throughout the school system. A press conference is scheduled today to discuss in detail all the ongoing projects.

Jason Potts, Director of Program and Instruction for Off-Campus Learning, presented to the board on DLA upgrades and off-campus learning options. The program is available not only to students in Wood County, but also to the rest of West Virginia counties.

The program has partnered with Artsbridge to offer fine arts classes on Fridays, has also partnered with the YMCA to expand physical education, and announced robotics will now be offered. This is offered at no cost to DLA students.

“All materials, pencils, paper, everything including technology, will be provided”, Potts said.

During the consent agenda, the board approved 27 allocations. These were:

• A purchase order to be issued as required to Hillyard Rose for FY2022-2023 custodial supplies and equipment repair

• A purchase order creation for United Bank capital lease payments for agreements approved and signed in previous years totaling $982,989.

• A purchase order creation for copier lease payments from De Lage Landen Financial Services Inc. for agreements approved and signed in previous years not exceeding $135,000.

• A purchase order creation for the Parkersburg Public Library and Wood County allocations for fiscal year 2023, as stipulated by the Excess Levy Call. Base allocation of $390,023 plus additional collections estimated at $56,636 for an estimated total of $446,659. The final amount for the year may vary depending on actual collections.

• The creation of a purchase order for the allocations of the Vienna Public Library for the financial year 2023, as stipulated by the call for excess collection. Base allocation of $59,977 plus estimated additional collections of $8,709 for an estimated total of $68,686. The final amount for the year may vary depending on actual collections.

• Purchase orders to be issued as needed on the United Bank Purchasing Card for products in fiscal year 2022-2023 not associated with vendors listed in the system. Purchases must not exceed $800,000.

• Purchase orders to be issued as needed to Amazon for products during the 2022-2023 fiscal year. All Amazon purchases are made through the Omnia Cooperative. Purchases must not exceed $560,000.

• Purchase Orders will be issued as needed to Office Depot for products during the 2022-2023 fiscal year. All Office Depot purchases are made through the Omnia Cooperative. Purchases must not exceed $285,000.

• Continue with WV Insurance and Risk Management Council with estimated annual premiums for property and liability insurance policies with estimated annual premiums of $660,000.

• Renewal of Intrastate Insurance Agency as Worker’s Compensation Agent for Wood County School Board at an estimated annual premium of $258,857 using Travelers Insurance for the financial year 2022-2023.

• Creation of the purchase order to WVU Parkersburg as follows: Caperton Center operating/maintenance cost sharing for fiscal year 2023 based on budget request documentation on file. Estimated costs must not exceed $408,160. Dual credit tuition for fiscal year 2023 must not exceed $50,000.

• The creation of the purchase order to ArtCart WV Inc to provide art education programs to students in grades 3-5 in Wood County Elementary Schools, as approved by the board on May 24, 2022. The cost must not exceed $274,850.

• Continuation of Benefits Assistance Corporation to administer dental benefits for fiscal year 2023. Administration costs are not to exceed $85,000. Employee dental reimbursements must not exceed $670,000 (less employee contributions). Retiree dental reimbursements must not exceed $800,000 (net of retiree contributions).

• Purchase orders to be created for United Dairy Inc. for milk and dairy products used in the infant nutrition program for student meals in fiscal year 2023. Estimated costs not to exceed $600,000. These purchases were tendered through the MCCNC Purchasing Cooperative.

• Purchase order(s) to be issued as required to Gordon Food Service for food and food service supplies used in the Child Nutrition Program for student meals in fiscal year 2023. Such purchases were tendered through HPS Purchasing Cooperative. Estimated costs must not exceed $2,600,000.

• Creation of a purchase order for WV Department of Agriculture for food, delivery and processing costs for food used in the infant nutrition program for student meals during the fiscal year 2023. Estimated costs must not exceed $150,000.

• Approval of engagement letter with Bowles Rice lawyers.

• The creation of a purchase order for the Mountaineer Challenge Academy (WV Adjunct General) which provides alternative off-site educational opportunities for students in fiscal year 2023. Estimated tuition/fees must not exceed $100,000.

• Memorandum of Understanding with the Parkersburg Police Department to provide a School Resource Officer during the FY2022-2023 school year for high schools within the city limits at a cost of $13,500 per school. Schools include Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg South High School, Edison Middle School, Hamilton Middle School, and VanDevender Middle School.

• Memorandum of Understanding with the Wood County Sheriff’s Department to provide a School Resource Officer during the FY2022-2023 school year for Blennerhassett Middle School at a cost of $13,500.

• Memorandum of Understanding with the Vienna Police Department to provide a School Resource Officer during the FY2022-2023 school year for Jackson Middle School at a cost of $13,500.

• Memorandum of Understanding with the Williamstown Police Department to provide a School Resource Officer during the FY2022-2023 school year for Williamstown Middle/High School at a cost of $13,500.

• Memorandum of Understanding – MOVRC AmeriCorps Adoptive Grandparents Program for the period of August 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024 to provide volunteer adoptive grandparents to work in identified schools.

• Memorandum of Understanding – Agreement to participate in the Regional V Healthcare Coalition for the period of July 15, 2022 to July 14, 2023 to collaborate and share available resources during crisis management activities.

• Approval of Change Order #1 Larry Lang Excavating Inc. for an increase of $50,377.40 – windows and controls at Jefferson Elementary and Edison Middle School. To be financed with remaining bond funds.

During regular business, the board approved the creation of three new Targeted Assistance Response positions at Gihon Elementary, Blennerhassett Elementary and Mineral Wells Elementary. A paving contract at Brown Asphalt was also approved, while Castro Technical Services won the bid to upgrade the Parkersburg High School Field House.

During board comments, Superintendent Christie Willis said a certified record of the bond proceeding has been delivered to the Attorney General and is awaiting his approval.

The next meeting of the School Council will take place on July 19 and is open to the public.

Douglass Huxley can be contacted at [email protected]




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