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Page 6--;be eeabentu TimeS--April 3, 2003 Board of Education frompage2 don at MES. The recommendation was defeated on a 2-3 vote (Taylor, VanReenen, and Vance voting no). Mr. Trusler also discussed the many changes proposed in special education positions, explaining that the number of these students chang- es often. He said it is hoped an fair- ly accurate county will be available in May. Most of the large personnel agen- da was approved in one motion. In- cluded were the following for the 2003-04 school year: * employment of service person- nel on probationary contracts - Cora Carpenter, secretary at PCHS, half- time; Rebecca Evans, custodian at Hillsboro, half-time; Michael Gal- ford, hus driver; Curtis Kershner, custodian, Green Bank; Elaine Faulknier, secretary at central of- rice; Jamie Walker, bus driver; Jef- frey Wayne, custodian at Green Bank. * employment of professional employees on probationary con- tracts - Joyce Boothe, Thomas Boothe, and David Irvine, Jr.. teachers at PCHS: Diane Delfino. Gina Hardsty, Tatiana Mynuk, and Theresa Weimer, teachers at Mar- linton Middle; Stephanie Mitchell, teacher at Marlinton Elementary. * employment of professional personnel on continuing contract - Heather Holstine, teacher at Green Bank, and Rebecca O&apos;Brien, teacher at PCHS. County/Multi-school * employment on continuing contract and change in assignment - Kristi Walton from teacher of art at Marlinton Middle (0.5) and physical education at Hillsboro (0.5) to teacher of art at Marlinton Elemen- tary and Marlinton Middle, 0.5 each. * change of Norman Alderman from Data Management Facilitator to Technology Facilitator, at the central office. * transfer of Donna Burns from Special Grants Project Director. due to loss of grant funding, to teacher at Hiilsboro * transfer of Bernadette Rolleston from special education teacher at Marlinton Elementary to itinerant special education teacher at Marlin- ton Elementary and Marlinton Mid- die * transfer of McArthur Buzzard from physical education/health teacher (0.5) and Dean of Students (0.5) at Mexlinton Middle to physi- cal education/health teacher at Mar- iinton Middle and Hillsboro, 0.5 each * non-rehire of Denise Sharp of music teacher at Hillsboro (0.5) and math teacher at Marlinton Middle (0.5) due to lack of need due to re- organization and reallocation of re- sources and abolishment of this po- sition Green Bank * non-rehire of Jane Buzzard as counselor and abolishment of half- time counselor position * non-rehire of Shirlene Grose- close as long-term substitute and abolishment of long-term substitute teacher position, due to return of full-time employee * transfer of Anna Hayes as aide, due to decline in enrollment, as- signment to be determined later * non-rehire of Tabeatha McCoy as aide, due to reorganization of special education services * abolishment of two special ed- ucation aide positions * abolishment of early childhood education teacher position Hilisboro * non-mhire of Darlene/h'bogast, Terri Beck, and Pamela McCurdy as teachers, due to decline in enroll- ment * non-rehire of Wanda Withers as teacher, due to loss of grant funding * abolishment of positions of teacher of multi-subjects and pre- school teacher Marlinton Elementary * release from contract of Karen Goldizen and Renee Hill as aides, due to reorganization of special edu- cation services * non-rehire of Carrie Hickman as aide, due to reorganization of special education services * abolishment of two special ed- ucation aide positions * non-rehire of Rebecca Spencer as teacher due to logs of grant fund- ing and decline in enrollment * abolishment of position of pre- school teacher * release from contract of Doris Starks as aide, due to realignment of job assignments * abolishment of pre-schooi aide position * non-rehire of Sheri Turley as teacher, due to decline in enrollment * abolishment of teacher of mul- ti-subjects position * creation of art teacher position Marlinton Middle * abolishment of half-time Dean of Students position * non-rehire of Lowell Galford as special education teacher, half-time, due to decline in enrollment and re- placement by senior employee In other personnel matters the Board approved: * employment of Cathrine Crof- ford and Jan Jonese as homebound teachers for the remainder of the 2002-03 school year. * Steve McCoy and Jeff Wayne to serve as assistant volunteer base- ball coaches at PCHS. * permission for superintendent to rill a contract services position prior to the next meeting. This was on a 4-1, with Mr. King vot- ing no. The Board gave approval to the PCHS Local Vocational Education- al Education Plan for 2003-04 for the spending of federal vocational education funds. The plan lists no changes in the school's vocational course offerings for next year. Dr. Phares reported that all sched- uled school trips are still go. They are Spanish students to Mexico, French students to France, and Green Bank students to Washing- ton, D. C., and Virginia Beach. Under the new federal No School Left Behind Act, schools must pro- vide the name, addresses, and phone numbers of junior and seniors to military recruiters and institutions of higher learning, upon request, unless parents direct that this not be done. The Board approved the letter that will sent to parents informing them of the new federal law's re- quirement and providing a form to return to the high school if they do not want their child's name re- leased. The Board met in executive ses- sion for two expulsion hearings. Following the hearing, approval was given for the expulsion of two male PCHS students for the re- mainder of the school year, one for the possession of drugs and the oth- er for using threatening language to a teacher. They will be served by the alternate education program. The next regular Board meeting will be on April 14. CB RADIOS Stop in at NAPA, Marlinton or Bartow, for all of your CBRadlo needs. If we don't have It., we will get itl Call 799-6250 or 456-4432 STIHL EQUIPMENT Stop at NAPA in Barrow for your chain saw needs. We'lve the_beast pricing in the area. We are a lull service dealer. Call 456-4432 Ighxlney Gardner, Prefessional Surveyor Boundary, Topographic, COnstruction Surveys HCR 89 Box 29 Durbin, WV 26264 456-4089 1-800-794-4089 Forest Service Plans Spring Burn for Shock Run Area The Forest Service announces plans to conduct a prescribed burn in a 25-acre area east of Highway 92 between Frost and Dunmore this spring, weather permitting. The purpose of this burn is to enhance oak regeneration in this area that was recently harvested as part of the Shock Run Timber Sale. Over the next three to five years, ten harvest units totaling 210 acres may receive similar burn treatments in the area. The Forest Service is working Outboor with researchers who are studying the regeneration of oak stands through the use of fire. The intent is to reduce competition from such species as striped maple and red maple. These species inhibit the growth of red oak, black cherry, and other species. The use of fire to help restore the "natural" ecosystem may seem odd in this part of the country but research indicates that fire is exactly what helped shape the forests we typically perceive to be natural and undisturbed. Native Americans .00arm Farm Service News Livestock Compensation Program - I1 The Agricultural Assistance Act of 2003 provides direct payments to owners of eligible livestock through the Livestock Compensa- tion Program-II (LCP-II). This program provides assistance to live- stock farmers for damages due to natural disaster. Pocahontas County was designated a disaster county by the Secretary of Agricul- ture due to the drought conditions last summer. Signup for LCP-II will begin April 1 and continue until an end- hag date is announced. Owners of eligible livestock must certify the number of head owned, leased, or subject to a pur- chase contract on June 1, 2002. The animals must have been owned a minimum of 90 days. June 1 must fall within the 90-day owner- ship period. Eligible livestock are cattle, sheep, goats, buffalo, befate, and catfish. Eligible Livestock specific cri- teria for June 1, 2002: * Adult cow must have calved at least once. * Adult bulls must have been 2 years of age or older. * Non-breeding heifers must have weighed 500 lbs. or more. * Replacement heifers must have weighed 500 lbs. or more on June 1 and not have borne any off- spring. * Steers must have weighed 500 lbs. or more. * Bulls must have weighed more than 500 lbs. and were under 2 years old. Payment rates for each type of livestock are determined based on standard feed consumption data for each eligible type of livestock: * Beef cattle, buffalo and beef- ale (cows and bulls) $18 * Beef. dairy, buffalo, and beef- alo replacement heifers, steers, non- breeding heifers, buffs $13.50 * Adult dairy cattle (cows and bulls) $31.50 * Sheep and Goats (All) $4.50 If you have questions, please contact the Pocahontas County Farm Service Agency located in the USDA Service Center at Buckeye, telephone 304-799-4317. FSA Targets Funds for Socially Disadvantaged Persons Farm Service Agency (FSA) has received loan funds for the new fiscal year (FY 2003) for Socially Disadvantaged (SDA) applicants in Fencing & Construction Our specialty... 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Before burning, the Forest Service will develop detailed bum plans that will use natural barriers, dozer constructed lines and some hand lines around each unit in order to keep the fire from spreading beyond the intended burn areas. Firfighters wiU be prepositioned to assure the bums do not escape. In addition, staffed trucks and ATV's with water carrying capabilities will be stationed in the area. After bum- ing, the area will be monitored by firefighters to assure the fire does not escape. According to Gary Busttamente, Fire Management Officer for the Monongab actual timing of the determined by the wind, and humidity on That is why it is exactly when the plans to bum." must be right in competition but also fire to the designated law the media will be burning days. Rend/Fischer, of the Marlinton says that the Forest take every these burns are intended areas and threats to the West Virginia to buy and operate family-size farms and ranches. These funds are set aside for mem- bers of specific groups, such as: African Americans, American Indi- ans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian and Pacific Islanders, and women, each year. These funds are available for the following loan categories: Direct Farm Ownership, Direct Farm Operating, Guaranteed Farm Owner- ship, Guaranteed Farm Operating and the Beginning Farmer Loan Programs. The program assists applicants in purchasing farms, in construction or improvement of buildings, installing conservation measures and other real estate improvements. Funding is also available for stock purchases expenses. Limited available for debt FSA Farm Loan help the borrower lems, determine and plan the best resolggs. In Fiscal Year ended September Virginia FSA Farm made 41 SDA $840,625. This waS total direct loa If you are an you may obtain from the local FSA 4317. The offices of Dr. John Eilers will be closed March 31 - April 11 5O% SOLID WOOG Solid oak, chipboard. 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"Expand your farming operation to include Guest Speakers include: Robert Hawk, North Carolina Cooperative Dr. Ann Lastovica, Virginia Cooperative Jesse Richardson, Virginia Tech Bruce Stone, Virginia Farm Bureau Local Successful Entrepreneurs Attend one of the two locations: April 10 - Hot Springs Fire House Hot Springs, VA April ll - The Highland Center Monterey, Va 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. $15 Registration Fee required by Late fee is $20 Contact the Bath-Highland Extension office (540) 468-2225 or 839-7261 Also call by April 3 ifyou are a person with a disability and desire accommodations to participate Sponsored by: Virginia Cooperative Extension The Highland Center The Highland County Chamber of Commerce The Bath County Chamber of Commerce Part by The Rural Mountain Alliance