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Wood County Schools Human Resources Certification and Teacher Licensure Administrator Stephanie Cunningham, left, and John Merritt, assistant superintendent and director of human resources, gave the Wood County Board of Education their recommendations for signing bonuses for certain prospective teachers of special education. The $3,000 proposed bonus would be offered only to students who have just graduated, or will be graduating soon. No action was taken Tuesday night.
(Photo by Douglass Huxley)

Wood County Schools Human Resources Certification and Teacher Licensure Administrator Stephanie Cunningham, left, and John Merritt, assistant superintendent and director of human resources, gave the Wood County Board of Education their recommendations for signing bonuses for certain prospective teachers of special education. The $3,000 proposed bonus would be offered only to students who have just graduated, or will be graduating soon. No action was taken Tuesday night.
(Photo by Douglass Huxley)

PARKERSBURG — The Wood County Board of Education met in regular session Tuesday night, during which it appointed a new director of elementary education for Wood County Schools.

Justin Hartshorn, principal for Blennerhassett Elementary, was unanimously selected by the board. The appointment begins today. Hartshorn will take the place of retired Director of Elementary Schools Keith Palmer.

“I want to say congratulations, Mr. Hartshorn, it’s good to have you over here,” board member Judy Johnson said. “And I’m sure Mr. Palmer is very pleased too, because you followed him at Blennerhassett, and now you follow him here.”

Hartshorn has been the principal at Blennerhassett for the past eight years.

The board also heard presentations from Tammy McKnight, director of federal programs, about targeted assistance versus school-wide Title 1 designation; a proposal for signing bonuses for special education from Human Resources Certification and Teacher Licensure Administrator Stephanie Cunningham and John Merritt, assistant superintendent and director of human resources; and employee uniform policy from Michael Fling, assistant superintendent of support services.

McKnight talked to the board about Title 1 schools in Wood County and the funding available for all of the students in those schools. The schools classified as Title 1 schools are Blennerhassett Elementary, Gihon Elementary, and Mineral Wells Elementary.

Cunningham and Merritt presented the board their recommendations for signing bonuses for certain prospective teachers of special education. The $3,000 proposed bonus would be offered only to students who have just graduated, or will be graduating soon.

Fling presented a proposed $200 per year voucher for maintenance employees, bus operators, and mechanics to be spent on safety shoes.

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