The meeting of the Logan County Board of Education (LCBOE) held Thursday June 25 reflected a mood of relief felt throughout Logan County as the bloated school year of 2014 and 2015 had came to an end. A glut of snow, rain and flooding over the last winter and spring forced enough school closures to squeeze about a month of summer from the long-awaited break from school.
No public speakers signed up to address the LCBOE, and the bulk of the action in the short meeting focused mainly on finances and employee hiring and transfers.
The meeting opened with news of grant creating a full time position at the Ralph R. Willis Vocational and Technical Center (RRWVTC) and a part time position at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC). “…we just got notice that the vocational center has received a FY16 adult education grant, and this education grant will enable us to create two positions. So, I would to put forth, as an action item, that we create one full ABE position at 220 days, and they will be based at the RRWVTC. Also, the funding will allow for one part time ABE position at 220 days at SWVCTC,” said LCBOE board member Dr. Pat White.
To cover expenses for the county’s worker’s compensation insurance premium for the 2015 – 2016 school year, The LCBOE approved $736,576 in spending. Treasurer for the LCBOE John Brennan requested the LCBOE consider allowing the finance department to act on any necessary budget supplements or transfers prior to the first regular meeting in July. Brennan explained that several grants were granted to the county that will need to be added to budget supplements before the first meeting of the LCBOE in July.
Actions taken on personal issues by LCBOE included hiring Cindy Paynter as assistant principal at Man Middle School and Brad Napier as head boys’ basketball coach at Chapmanville Regional High School. The LBCOE also approved, at the request of Superintendent Phyllis Doty, the hiring of Barbara Brazeau in the personnel department at $60 an hour on an as needed basis. Doty explained that Brazeau would be called if, “…we have a huge amount of hiring or we have policies that need to be revised, a vast amount of them, then I would call her and ask if she could come and give us day.” LCBOE board member Debbie Mendez asked, “So it’s at your discretion?” To which Doty replied, “Yes.”