WEST LOGAN, W.Va. — In order to fill the seat which was vacated by Mark McGrew when he signed up to run for another office, Chad Preston was sworn-in as a member of the Logan County Board of Education (LCBOE) at the group’s Jan. 28 meeting.
Shana Thompson, attorney for the LCBOE, administered Preston’s oath of office during which he promised to, “…faithfully discharge the duties of the office of a member of the board of education in Logan County to the best of my skill and judgment.”
Preston, a Man, W.Va. native, stated he has been close to education throughout his life as his mother and wife are school teachers. Preston added he is excited to get to work for the students and parents in Logan County.
After the meeting, Preston noted he was still deciding if he would file to run for a seat on the LCBOE in upcoming elections.
Member of the LCBOE, Dr. Pat White explained the group had interviewed with many qualified applicants to fill the remainder of McGrew’s term. “We learned something from each interview…,” added White.
Other business handled by the LCBOE included approving travel for the Logan County Academic Challenge Team.
The Academic Challenge Team plans to travel to Atlanta, Ga. April 21 to 26.
Faith Christian Tours will provide transportation for the trip at a cost of $8,599.
Karen Arms, Marsha Arms, Amy Lusk, Alicia Mullins, Scott Justice and Phyllis Doty are set to chaperone the trip.
The LCBOE also took steps to make changes to a class taught at the Ralph R. Willis Career and Technical Center.
The board abolished the school’s masonry program and absorbed the students and teacher into a general building construction course.
There was a question posed by LCBOE member Phyllis Adkins as to why the job for the general building construction teacher was not publicly posted.
Elizabeth Thompson, personnel director for the LCBOE, stated the masonry teacher had previously been approved by the state to teach general building construction.
Effectively, Thompson explained, the masonry class was changed to general building construction and the job to teach the new class did not need to be posted as an educator able to teach the class was in place.
The next meeting of the LCBOE is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 11 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]