Licensed employee, may lose teaching license

A Patrick County Public Schools employee was terminated with a recommendation to revoke his teaching license.

No further information was released about the former employee referred to only as “Case Number 22-001” at Thursday’s meeting of the Patrick County School Board in Stuart.

On Tuesday evening, the school board met for 6 hours behind closed doors, joined by what appeared to be lawyers. Four people who were waiting outside in the lobby entered the board and visitors, one at a time, for about 30-40 minutes each.

On Thursday, the board voted to dismiss employee file number 22-001 and also decided to recommend revoking the employee’s teaching license and to send that recommendation to the Virginia Department of Education. . The only board member, Walter Scott, voted against it, but it was voted down.

No other information has been communicated on this subject.

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Child care proposal

The school board has approved a revised list of projects to spend the 1% sales tax increase. This will include a technology room in the new school board building at the corner of North Main and Rye Cove streets, among other projects such as paving the grassy lot behind this building to create a parking lot.

However, this would dash hopes of a proposed child care center that would accommodate 80 children just across Rye Cove Street from this building.

At last month’s meeting, Patrick County Economic Development Executive Director Sean Adkins proposed that the board begin a discussion to share the land behind their new building with a proposed daycare center.

The proposed daycare, which would be on the lower level of the Development Center at 132 and 136 Slusher St., is in the grant application phase, Adkins reported to the school board in October.

During the application process, Adkins said, it was discovered that 75 square feet of outdoor space is required for each child a center aims to serve. Properties on Slusher Street do not have enough space to meet this minimum, but there is plenty of space in the grassy area behind the new administration building.

He was not present at the November board meeting.

In other subjects:

The board approved the staff report unanimously, hiring Katie Lawson as assistant principal of Patrick County High School (PCHS), Sandra Stowe as bus helper, Reva Pierce as bus helper, and Samuel Dawson as technology technician.

The following have resigned: Elizabeth Martin as Special Education Teacher at PCHS and Terrance Draper as Student Success Counselor at Patrick Springs Elementary School (PSPS) and Hardin Reynolds Memorial School (HRMS) .

The following people transferred: Madison Stone from grant-funded teaching assistant to full-time teaching assistant at PCHS, Michael Schultz from substitute to part-time cafeteria worker at PCHS, and Karen Walton from substitute to teaching assistant at Stuart Elementary School (SES).

The following people have retired: Roger Shelton as a bus driver and Sherry Hartman as a teaching assistant at HRMS and PSPS.

The board approved an amended bid for a construction proposal from Clark Brothers Company Inc. without discussion.

Superintendent Jason Wood delivered his report, congratulating the school group for not being defeated this season, noting improved writing scores in the fall, and announcing that the public is invited to come to the December meeting to “provide us with information” on the expenditure of ESSER funds.

The board approved the consent agenda which contained the minutes of the October 13 meeting, regular invoices, monthly financial report and maintenance improvement report.

Scott suggested the board put money into a higher-risk savings account that would be reviewed quarterly to try to achieve some fund growth for the school system.

The PCPS board of directors meets for 6 hours behind closed doors, without any announced measures being taken

Stuart daycare for 80 in the works

Monique Holland is a reporter for the Martinsville Bulletin. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 276-734-9603.

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