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  • Attendance Incentive a Success in First Year

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    Roane County's employee attendance incentive program, which pays employees up to $500 at the end of the school year, appeared successful in its first year. Compared to the previous school year, the number of sick and personal days taken by teachers and staff dropped by about 20% in the 2018-19 school year, with those using days missing two fewer on average. The incentive is designed to balance the costs of employing substitutes, so it actually costs the Board less than when employees miss and a substitute is required.

    You can read more about this in the Parkersburg News and Sentinel or in this recent report by WCHS-TV Eyewitness News.

    Expansion of Student Support Services Highlighted

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    Roane County's expansion of student support services for the 2019-20 school year was recently highlighted by WV MetroNews.

    In addition to a full-time counselor and nurse in every school, Roane County also now has two full-time school psychologists and a full-time school social worker to provide services to struggling students and families.

    Tawney, Hays named Teacher, Service Personnel of the Year

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    At the Board's regular meeting on Thursday, April 25, Elizabeth Tawney, 3rd grade teacher at Geary Elementary Middle School, and Ray Hays, bus operator / mechanic, were announced as 2018-19 Roane County Teacher and Service Personnel of the Year. They will each now compete for the state Teacher and Service Personnel of the Year, respectively.

    Ms. Tawney and Mr. Hays were joined by their colleagues as school nominees for the county award:


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    Board Extends Superintendent's Contract Through 2023

    Dr. Richard Duncan

    At its regular meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019, the Roane County Board of Education announced that Superintendent Dr. Richard Duncan had accepted its offer of a four-year contract, which extends Dr. Duncan's service through the 2022-23 school year.

    Duncan joined Roane County Schools as Superintendent on July 1, 2017. His initial two-year contract was set to expire on June 30, but Board members acted to extend it before the statutory deadline.

    The terms of the new contract remained similar with the exception of the term length and salary consideration. Duncan's salary was ranked 55th among West Virginia's 55 county superintendents in his first two years of service. While details from other counties are not yet available, the new terms would move Roane County up to between 45th and 50th in terms of superintendent's compensation.

    Duncan lives in Reedy, WV, with his wife, Sarah, an art teacher at Walton Elementary Middle School.

    Glenville State, Roane County kick off Home Grown initiative

    The WV State Senate, GSC President Dr. Tracy Pellet and staff, and county superintendents

    Glenville State College, historically central West Virginia's home for teacher education, signed a memorandum of understanding with Roane County Schools and 12 other county school systems in West Virginia to kick off their "Home Grown" teacher training initiative at the West Virginia State Capitol on Thursday. Under this program, students from participating counties who attend Glenville State College and train to become teachers of math, science, or special education may receive a "full ride" through a combination of scholarships and grants. GSC and the counties hope that by giving potential teachers treatment usually reserved for star athletes, including enhanced mentoring and supports, more teachers will choose to stay close to home and address WV's growing teacher shortage problem.

    Pictured here are the West Virginia State Senate, who recognized GSC and the counties with SR 35, Glenville State President Dr. Tracy Pellet and staff, and county superintendents.

    Voters Approve School Bond

    November 2018 bond call

    Roane County voters approved our school bond to fund over $9.5 million in facilities improvement across the county. This is the first school levy approved by Roane County voters since the previous school bond in 1994.

    You can read more in the Times-Record / Roane County Reporter or the Parkersburg News and Sentinel.