CINDERELLA – The Mingo County Board of Education( BOE) held a special meeting Monday morning for the purpose of approving personnel actions hear general considerations and hold a budget workshop.
Two highlights from the meeting included the Superintendent’s update and Don Spence signing the contract allowing him to serve as Superintendent of Mingo County Schools.
Tuesday’s meeting began with Spence providing the Superintendent’s update. During the update, Spence applauded the behind the scenes response following the storm that struck the area Wednesday, March 1 that left thousands without power and caused significant damages to several homes and buildings throughout the Tug Valley area.
“We got through last week with the storms. My staff, we all got together, we tried not to get excited. We got information as we could. We contacted the appropriate people and kids were dismissed in the appropriate manner. Everything was pretty smooth,” Spence began.
“One of the things I want to bring to everyone’s attention is, it isn’t just about calling off school. There are a lot of things behind the scenes. Our maintenance people were outstanding. They are out there in the field and they provide us with information that we could not get any other way. I also want to give due diligence to our nutrition director, Kay Maynard. Without her, things do not go as smoothly. She is on it. I don’t know how else to say it. She contacts everyone, she asks questions, the proper things were done, and the food was moved. We saved what we could and got rid of the stuff that was in question. All of that is contributed to Kay’s hard work. She does a lot of things that people don’t realize that she does. I wanted to take a minute to recognize her. Thank you Kay,” Spence continued.
BOE member Sabrina Grace spoke next stating, “I just wanted to say as a parent, I appreciate you all and the work you did on Wednesday. On the days I work, I am an hour away and as a mom that makes you nervous. I know some people initially weren’t happy with the decision to not let Williamson out because half the building did not have electricity but I commend you all on your decision to keep them in school because they were safer in that building than on the buses. As a parent, I thank you all for the hard work you put in on Wednesday and I am glad it wasn’t me having to make those decisions.”
A little later in the meeting, Spence signed the contract that will allow him to serve as the Superintendent for Mingo County Schools effective July 1, 2017. Currently, Spence is serving as Interim Superintendent, serving for former Superintendent Robert Bobbera, who announced an early retirement in 2016. An attorney was present who stated, “I am thrilled to be able to execute our contract today. We will have Superintendent Spence sign. He will be legal and everything will be set up for the next four years; congratulations and congratulations to the county too.”
The next regular meeting of the Mingo County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, March 14.