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The Warren County College Board on January 4 began its 2023 session. (Remaining to appropriate) WCPS Superintendent Christopher Ballenger and University Board customers Andrea Lo, Antoinette Funk, Melanie Salins, Ralph Rinaldi, and Melanie Salins.


The Warren County School Board, during its organizational assembly on Wednesday, January 4, re-elected management, manufactured committee appointments and named various Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) team to positions that will aid the board this 12 months.

School Board associates Kristen Pence and Ralph Rinaldi will yet again serve as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the board for 2023.

Following a movement by Rinaldi and a next by board member Melanie Salins, the board voted 4- to re-elect Pence to direct them, with associates Antoinette Funk, Andrea Lo, Rinaldi, and Salins voting yea. Rinaldi was re-elected subsequent a movement by Salins, a second by Funk, and another unanimous round of of course votes from Funk, Lo, Pence, and Salins.

“I’m hunting ahead to operating with all of us once more,” Rinaldi explained throughout his report, incorporating that he hopes to get the university division’s spending budget “squared away” this year. “Wish us all a ton of luck on that a single,” he said.

About committee responsibilities, Funk and Lo once more ended up appointed as the 2023 Warren County Faculty Board reps on the Spending plan Committee Rinaldi and Salins have been appointed as the 2023 board associates on the Making Committee and Pence once again will signify the University Board on the Mountain Vista Governor’s School Board for the calendar calendar year 2023. All committee assignments received unanimous approval.

Furthermore, three WCPS staff members were suggested by WCPS Superintendent Christopher Ballenger and then unanimously appointed by board members to guidance the College Board this yr.

They are WCPS Engineering Director Tim Grant, who will provide as Clerk of the Warren County University Board WCPS Educational Technology Coordinator Douglas Stefnoski, who has been appointed as Deputy Clerk of the Faculty Board and WCPS Assistant Superintendent for Instruction George “Buck” Smith, who serves as the designee of the superintendent to attend conferences of the School Board in the absence or incapacity of the superintendent to go to. Their terms expire on December 31.

In unanimously accepting the consent agenda, the College Board voted to authorize that an advertisement is posted asserting a general public listening to on the fiscal calendar year 2024 budget at the board’s February 1 conference with the comprehending that if this conference ought to be canceled, then the general public hearing will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at 6 p.m. in the Meeting Space at 465 West 15th Road in Entrance Royal, VA.



All through the neighborhood participation section of the board’s frequent meeting, Ressie Jeffries Elementary University Principal Nina Helmick (previously mentioned at podium) acknowledged the December 2022 Attendance Award from Ballenger. She brought along many pupils who experienced exemplary attendance, as very well as Assistant Principal Megan Bradley and University Counselor Kristin Frankel, to accept the award.

Warren County Middle College also gained an attendance award very last thirty day period, though E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School acquired a Most Improved Attendance Award for December 2022.
“School attendance is critical to educational success,” Ballenger instructed the board. “Research exhibits that lacking as small as two times each and every month, or 10 p.c of the university calendar year, can have a adverse effects on pupils.”

The School Board, all through each routinely scheduled regular monthly assembly this yr, will go on to recognize educational facilities that have the optimum attendance rates at the elementary and secondary ranges, and an attendance flag will be exhibited at the selected faculties just about every month in observance of their accomplishment.


Also, throughout the neighborhood participation segment, Warren County Middle Faculty Principal Amy Gubler regarded science teacher Cynthia Rutherford for conserving the existence of a university student who was choking throughout breakfast on December 2, 2022. Rutherford done the abdominal thrust to obvious the child’s throat. The university student was later examined and discovered to be great by the faculty nurse.

“As you can visualize, this overall episode was incredibly terrifying for every person associated,” Gubler explained to the College Board. “Thanks to Mrs. Rutherford’s fast steps, the pupil properly went on with his day.”

Principal Gubler stated she shared the tale for two good reasons: to thank Rutherford and to remind all employees that just about every is vitally critical in students’ lives. “Please really do not ever neglect how important the perform is that you do every single day,” Gubler explained.

Action Agenda
The School Board voted on a number of objects in the course of its Wednesday meeting, together with unanimously adopting the board’s 2023 conference calendar, which posts standard conferences for the to start with Wednesday of each and every thirty day period beginning at 6:30 p.m. somewhat than at 7 p.m. Get the job done classes will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Between other actions, the board also unanimously authorised: the fiscal yr 2024 spending plan calendar, a resolution authorizing that payments are paid in crisis scenarios and throughout months with only one particular College Board conference a different resolution authorizing the superintendent to challenge contracts and a $94,320 deal award to Doc Answers Inc. for the lease of the copiers at Warren County Superior School.

One more unanimous selection by the board authorizes WCPS to settle for the School Improvement Grant in the sum of $150,000 to pay for services in depth in the American Institutes for Research proposal to assist Skyline Middle University with strengthening the academic outcomes for pupils with disabilities. The superintendent is also authorized to ask for an further appropriation of $150,000 from the Warren County Board of Supervisors.

The School Board’s future meeting is on Wednesday, January 18, at 5:30 p.m. for a do the job session.

Click below to watch the board’s January 4 assembly in its entirety.