BOE to purchase van


Maintenance department shares report

By Courtney Pigman - [email protected]



By Courtney Pigman

[email protected]

WILLIAMSON – James Ed Baisden, head of maintenance for Mingo County Schools, approached the Board of Education (BOE) at a special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8, to discuss several issues within his department.

First, Baisden requested a new maintenance van. “We are in dire need,” Baisden said. A report from the Maintenance Department explains that the van needing replaced is a 2001 model that has 162,000 miles and is in “very rough condition.”

Baisden reported that the county currently has about seven maintenance vans. “We hardly ever have one down. We are keeping them up,” Baisden said.

A new van would cost approximately $26,000 for the basic van. The van would also need an electrical/HVAC kit installed.

The BOE voted in approval for a new van and to have the electrical/HVAC kit installed.

Baisden also presented maintenance reports to the BOE. For his summer update, he complimented the painting, grass and maintenance crew that worked during the summer.

“They did an excellent job and were very productive,” Baisden said. “Every school that asked for new paint received it and all the schools are looking great,” he continued.

Baisden also discussed the work his department is now doing that had previously been contracted out. “We are doing it ourselves,” Baisden said.

Currently, the maintenance department is replacing all HVAC filters throughout the county. They are also repairing the majority of security systems and installing all smart boards.

By replacing all the filters through the department instead of through contractors, Mingo County Schools have saved $49,160.

However, since the maintenance department is doing most of the repair work, it has caused the department to be short on skilled laborers. “We don’t have the man power. Hiring someone will do no good if we don’t hire skilled workers,” Baisden said. “Cutting out contracts has put us in a terrible bind. We are down to seven men to serve 11 schools,” Baisden continued.

The BOE discussed looking into hiring another skilled worker for the maintenance department since the department has cut costs by using contractors. Board member, Jackie Branch said, “We should look into using money saved to hire workers.”

The next Mingo County Board of Education meeting will be Sept. 15 at the central office on Sycamore Road (Cinderella Hollow).

(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)

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Maintenance department shares report

By Courtney Pigman

[email protected]

(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)

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