Board Finalizes an Agreement to Provide Courses to Residential Care Specialists at the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind

August 14, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education (WVBE) today strengthened the partnership between the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (WVSDB) and the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College (EWVTCC). During its monthly meeting, the board approved a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) and contract for leasing between the entities. 

Earlier this year, the WVBE accepted a proposal for the reclassification of WVSDB child care workers to be residential care specialists beginning July 1, 2015.  The new position will require those hired to acquire an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in a field related to the job’s responsibilities. 

“This brings us another step closer to providing the essential professional development and certifications to residential care workers at the WVSDB,” said Gayle Manchin, WVBE president. “EWVTCC’s long term commitment includes on campus course schedules, financial and course counseling, and an 18 station computer lab.” 

As part of the MOA, current employees will also have five years to complete the degree instead of the original three years. 

“I understand that change can be challenging,” added Manchin. “The WVSDB residential care specialists must commit to improving their own knowledge and skills. This follows the difficult but essential effort of all staff on the WVSDB campus to acquire certifications necessary for their jobs and to better themselves for the benefit of the students.” 

The WVSDB administration will follow personnel precedent for hiring residential care specialists which provides priority in interviews and hiring for current employees if they agree to acquire the AAS degree.  Current employees who accept the new positions and sign letters of intent to acquire the AAS degree will be eligible for a minimum eight thousand dollar annual salary increase even as coursework is pursued and completed.

For more information contact Liza Cordeiro in the WVDE Communication Office at 304-558-2699.



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