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Jason Potts, director of curriculum instruction for off-campus learning, gave a presentation to the Wood County Board of Education Tuesday night about 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 night for its regular meeting to receive an update on current construction projects and on upgrades to the Distance Learning Academy (DLA).

Michael Fling, assistant superintendent of support services, gave a presentation on the current construction projects taking place around Wood County.

“I want to say up front, as a clarification, none of the projects I’m speaking about this evening are related to the bond of 2022,” Fling said. “Those are still in design and planning, and the bonds have not yet been sold.”

Fling told the board that the Jefferson Elementary project is on schedule and materials are arriving. He said they have been waiting for up to 32 weeks for some of the equipment to arrive. He talked to the board about the Parkersburg High School Field House receiving a new HVAC system. The board later approved a bid for the project but Fling talked about ordering equipment early.

“This project is due to finish in May of 2023. That’s how long we’re waiting to get the equipment. It’s that far behind,” Fling said. “I owe thanks to Mr. (Ryan) Taylor and Pickering Associates for getting these projects moving forward so we can get them done in a timely fashion.”

Other projects talked about included new windows at Edison Middle School, a fenced in courtyard at Parkersburg South High School and multiple concrete projects throughout the school system. There is a press conference scheduled for today to discuss all current projects in detail.

Jason Potts, director of curriculum and instruction for off-campus learning, gave a presentation to the board about upgrades to DLA and off-campus learning options. The program is available to not only Wood County students, but the rest of the counties in West Virginia as well.

The program has partnered with Artsbridge to offer fine art 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. Those were:

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

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

• A purchase order creation for the De Lage Landen Financial Services Inc. copier lease payments for those agreements approved and signed in prior years not to exceed $135,000.

• A purchase order creation for the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library allocations for FY2023 as stipulated by the excess levy call. Base allocation of $390,023 plus estimated additional collections of $56,636 for an estimated total of $446,659. Final amount for the year may vary based upon actual collections.

• The purchase order creation for the Vienna Public Library allocations for FY2023 as stipulated by the excess levy call. Base allocation of $59,977 plus estimated additional collections of $8,709 for an estimated total of $68,686. Final amount for the year may vary based upon actual collections.

• The purchase orders to be issued as needed to United Bank Purchasing Card for commodities during FY2022-2023 not associated with vendors listed in system. Purchases not to exceed $800,000.

• Purchase orders to be issued as needed to Amazon for commodities during FY2022-2023. All Amazon purchases are made through the Omnia Cooperative. Purchases not to exceed $560,000.

• Purchase orders to be issued as needed to Office Depot for commodities during FY2022-2023. All Office Depot purchases are made through the Omnia Cooperative. Purchases not to exceed $285,000.

• To continue with WV Board of Risk and Insurance Management with an estimated annual premiums for property and liability insurance policies with an estimated annual premiums of $660,000.

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

• The purchase order creation to WVU Parkersburg as follows: Shared costs of operating/maintaining the Caperton Center for FY2023 based on the budget request documentation on file. Estimated costs not to exceed $408,160. Dual credit tuition for FY2023 not to exceed $50,000.

• The purchase order creation to ArtCart WV Inc to provide arts instructional programming to grades 3-5 in Wood County’s elementary schools as board approved on May 24, 2022. Cost not to exceed $274,850.

• The continuation of Benefits Assistance Corporation for the dental benefits administration for FY2023. Administration costs not to exceed $85,000. Employee dental reimbursements not to exceed $670,000 (net of employee contributions). Retiree dental reimbursements not to exceed $800,000 (net of retiree contributions).

• The purchase orders to be created to United Dairy Inc. for milk and dairy products used in the Child Nutrition Program for student meals in FY2023. Estimated costs not to exceed $600,000. These purchases were bid through MCCNC purchasing cooperative.

• The purchase order(s) to be issued as needed to Gordon Food Service for food and food service supplies used in the Child Nutrition Program for student meals in FY2023. These purchases were bid through HPS Purchasing Cooperative. Estimated costs not to exceed $2,600,000.

• The purchase order creation for the WV Department of Agriculture for food, delivery and processing fees for food items used in the Child Nutrition Program for student meals in FY2023. Estimated costs not to exceed $150,000.

• Approval of Letter of Engagement With Bowles Rice Attorneys at Law.

• The purchase order creation for the Mountaineer Challenge Academy (WV Adjunct General) which offers offsite alternative educational opportunities for students in FY2023. Estimated tuition/fee costs not to exceed $100,000.

• MOU with Parkersburg Police Department to provide a School Resource Officer during the FY2022-2023 academic year for the secondary schools located within 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.

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

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

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

• Memo of Understanding – MOVRC AmeriCorps Senior Foster Grandparent Program for the period of Aug. 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024 to provide volunteer foster grandparents to work within identified schools.

• Memo of Understanding – Regional V Healthcare Coalition Participation Agreement for the period of July 15, 2022 through 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 funded using remaining Bond funds.

During the regular agenda the board approved the creation of three new targeted assistance interventionist positions at Gihon Elementary, Blennerhassett Elementary, and Mineral Wells Elementary. A paving contract to Brown Asphalt was also approved, along with Castro Technical Services being awarded the bid for the upgrade to Parkersburg High School Field House.

During board comments Superintendent Christie Willis said a certified record of the bond proceedings was handed over to the Attorney General and is waiting for approval.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be July 19 and is open to the public.

Douglass Huxley can be reached at dhuxley@newsandsentinel.com




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