Newly elected members of the Board of Education officially started their first day on the job back on Monday at their board meeting.
The new members of the board include Ted Pauls, Stacy Hooper, and Chris Byers. Pauls was nominated and elected as the new President. Hooper was nominated and elected as the new Vice President. Byers was elected as an additional member.
They have a long road ahead with the upcoming consolidation, but their students are still the number one priority. Hooper says, “one goal in mind is improving the academic achievement of the students of Brooke County and insuring that they educated in a safe and supportive environment. I think as long as we focus on that we can be successful going forward.”
The new board will also work to plan their upcoming excess levy. “In the past, an excess levy [5 out of the 6 million dollars] went to pay for the salaries of employees who were not funded by the state,” says Superintendent Toni Paesano Shute. She says the money from this levy could potentially be used for greater supplemental pay for faculty and service personnel, having a PRO officer in each school, or many other things. That issue will be on the ballot next year during the May elections.