During the first full week of December, the Logan County Board of Education (LCBOE) held two meetings.
At the Dec. 8 meeting, all board members were in attendance. President of the LCBOE, Jim Frye called the meeting to order with a moment of silence and the pledge of allegiance.
The special meeting was held at the Ralph R. Willis Vocational School.
The LCBOE has been considering construction of an auxiliary gym at Chapmanville Regional High School.
During the meeting, the board heard from planners who wish to draw up the plans for the gym.
Representatives from eight architectural firms presented the board with photographs of their work experience as well as lists of references and unique points about their company.
At the Dec. 8 meeting, the LCBOE heard from the following architectural firms: ZMM, E.T. Boggess Architects, McKinley and Associates, Williamson Shriver, The Thrasher Group, MSES Architects, Alpha Associates and NVisions Architects.
Many groups informed the LCBOE the project would be at least a year or more away from completion.
Following an executive session at their Dec. 10 meeting, the LCBOE ranked their choices of the top four firms.
In descending order, the top firms chosen by the LCBOE were ZMM, William Shriver, McKinley and Associates and The Thrasher Group.
The Dec. 10 meeting was held at Man Elementary and Middle School. The Man elementary choir welcomed the board with renditions of “We are the World” and “You Can Have it All (with the Seven Habits).
The board also heard public comment from Marshall University students Nikki Meadows, Katie Murray and Taryn Keyser.
The group, who are nearing the student teaching requirement for their degrees. addressed the board about the teacher in residence program.
Rather than placing student teachers with more experienced teachers, the program would involve student teachers being placed in their own classrooms.
In many similar arrangements that already exist throughout southern W.Va., the local boards of education pay the student teachers around 65 percent of normal wages.
Murray explained, “It benefits student teachers because they wouldn’t normally be getting paid for student teaching, but they will be getting paid for this. It helps out the county because…they wouldn’t be paying us the full salary. We are fresh out of our classes. We will be at our best. We will be strictly supervised.”
During time allotted for board members to voice their comments and concerns, LCBOE board member Mark McGrew addressed the teacher in residence program saying, “Thank you for coming tonight for the teacher in residence program. Because it wasn’t on the agenda, we can’t make a decision on it tonight, but we would like Mrs. Doty to look into it.”
Board member Debbie Mendez used her time for comment to address a lack of technology in Logan County schools saying, “My concern is that we still don’t have enough computers…in certain schools. I’ve asked, and I’ve asked. I know Man Middle School needs computers. They need some laptops; I know some teachers don’t have the laptops to help them perform their duties. From the rankings that we had, I think we should do all we can for our teachers.”
Superintendent of Logan County Schools, Phyllis Doty explained she would provide Mendez a, “run down,” of the technology list in her next information packet.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the LCBOE will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 22 at the LCBOE central office in West Logan.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]