CINDERELLA – At a special meeting of the Mingo County Board of Education (BOE) held Thursday morning, board members approved a motion allowing for the provisional placement of classroom teachers pending board action until September 30.
Currently, Mingo County Schools has 13 teaching positons vacant. The approval of the provisional placement will allow certified teachers that have been recommended by the school to be placed in positions prior to being approved at the next board meeting.
Dr. Richard Duncan, Director of Human Resources, explained the request to board members stating, “This is something we did last year. This really helps us. We have a number of positions posted right now. I am confident that we will fill half of them at least… This is just for classroom teacher positions, nothing else. If we have a position and we have a certified candidate that has gone through the process at the school level and they have been recommended by that school if we could go ahead and give that person an effective date of whatever the next day happens to be at that week and then bring all those things to the board later at the next regular meeting.”
“What that does is that helps us get people in place while kids are in the classroom without having to wait until the next board meeting…If not, we cannot add anyone new until August 17 after the next meeting… At that point, if they are certified and recommended by the school it is pretty much an open and shut thing anyway. There really isn’t a lot we can do to challenge that as long as the schools follow the correct process. This would help us get teachers in place as soon as possible and not have to hold them out two or three weeks,” Duncan continued.
The discussion between Duncan and BOE members continued with Duncan providing explanation for board member concerns. Newest board member Sabrina Grace questioned how the BOE members would be notified and what action would be taken if the BOE did not approve the choice of teacher placed in the position.
BOE member Jackie Branch stated, “What it does is it helps to ensure to that we have people in those positions to get started. Frankly, I think that from the school level coming forward, the board hasn’t always approved everything. When there has been a question, we have raised questions and we have denied. I think that has helped to set some standards.”
Board member David Farley further explained stating, “They are filling a positon. They are not hired. They are not officially hired until the board votes.”
Duncan agreed stating, “They will know up front that they will start on that date but will not be officially hired until the board says you are…The only reason we ask for this is because it is the start of school. We aren’t going to guarantee that positon… the superintendent will have the discretion to say whether or not that person will go or not.”
Following the discussion, BOE members voted to allow for the provisional placement of classroom teachers until September 30.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)