BOE approves spending


The meeting of the Logan County Board of Education (LCBOE) June 11 saw the board approve several expenditures, approve new employees and accept employee resignations.

Bids for lighting contracts at four county schools were accepted. State Electric supply won bids for Chapmanville Middle School for $293,181, Logan Middle School for $246,235 and Omar Grade School for $208,650. West Distribution won the bid for Man Middle School totaling $10,369. The schedule of invoices shows the LCBOE spent $716,814 on expenditures throughout the county and $45,663 on food service.

Coach Elmo Hatcher’s official resignation as head boy’s basketball coach at Chapmanville Regional High School on June 9 was approved and his employment as head boy’s basketball coach at Logan High School was approved starting June 15.

The LCBOE agenda from June 11 states the head football coach at Man High School, Harvey Arms was suspended from, “ scheduled summer coaching duties as head football coach and boy’s basket basketball coach effective June 14 to June 20.”

Summer maintenance crews were hired for general maintenance, painting and landscaping. Bus operators were hired in Logan, Chapmanville and Man for summer programs like Energy Express and the Summer Achievement Camp June 29 through July 31. Cooks and custodians were also hired for the same term.

In time allowed for board member comment, Debbie Mendez explained about the recent meeting held in relation to the Handle With Care Initiative, “My meeting today with Hand With Care was very successful. We learned a lot. The program is for children who are in situations a teacher may not know about the next morning. Teachers will be notified of situations the night before or even the morning of school so they can help council that child. This is a good program because a lot of times we don’t know why children act out. If, for some reason, a child is in a situation where their father or mother has been arrested then law enforcement will notify the school that the child has been in a traumatic situation and be able to have a counselor there to help that child. Sheriff Sonya Porter did a really good job.”

“We are meeting next week and will start it [Handle With Care] when school starts,” superintendent of Logan County Schools, Phyllis Doty added.

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