The Aug. 25 meeting of the Logan County Board of Education (LCBOE) was the first meeting held since the new school year began in Logan County. The meeting saw the board hear public comments proposing the introduction of two new sports, take action on a series of financial matters and approve a host of employee hirings and resignations.
Ryan Mink, treasurer of the Coalfield Youth Soccer League, addressed the board with the concerns of soccer fans across the county sayings, “We didn’t quite make soccer this season, so we wanted to you know we’re still here if you guys need us to do anything as you prepare to get ready for next season. If we need to get some people in the league working through referee classes so that we have them here in the county — whatever we need to do to get [soccer] in the middle schools and high schools.”
Mink also requested the Coalfield Youth Soccer League have access to the newly-turfed field at Logan High School. Phyllis Doty, superintendent of Logan County Schools, responded to Mink saying, “I am in the process of developing rules and regulations for this. There are certain things you can do and certain things you can’t do. We did meet with the athletic directors and they understand that they are to schedule with you all and it [the field] is to be used by everyone.”
LCBOE president Jim Frye added, “These kids that are here today with Coalfield Soccer are our kids too.”
Linley Marcum, with the HYCAT-Logan Stingrays Swim Team, also made public comment to the board and the possible integration of swimming into Logan County sports. Marcum requested the LCBOE approve her to be the volunteer coach of a new swim team at Chapmanville Regional High School and explained many scholarships are available for children swimming at the high school level. LCBOE vice president Mark McGrew requested Marcum submit a formal request to volunteer for the coaching position.
The LCBOE dealt with the county’s finances by approving around $112,000 in budget supplements and over $2.3 million in spending. The largest portion of spending was designated as “county” in the board’s agenda and totaled over $1.5 million. Spending on permanent improvements topped $745,000.
While dealing with human resources, the board created a position for a computer teacher at Logan Middle School and employed Angela Adkins, Terrilyn Bailey, Stephanie Belford, Cari Davis, Timothy McCoy, Stacy Nelson, Betty Thompson and Linda Thompson as long-term substitutes.
At Chapmanville Regional High School, Derek Dalton and David Summers were approved as assistant football coaches and Joe Hurst was approved to be an assistant volleyball coach. At Chapmanville Middle School, Dwain Williams was approved as an assistant football coach and Brooke Ball was voted to be an assistant volleyball coach. Timothy McCoy was added as an assistant football coach at Man Middle School, and Melva Mounts-Blankenship will be the head cheerleading coach at Logan High School.
The next meeting of the LCBOE will be held Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Ralph R. Willis Vocational Center at Three Mile Curve. Anyone wishing to make public comment at the meeting must sign up to do so 15 minutes before the meeting begins.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]