The Oct. 8 special meeting of the Mingo County Board of Education (MCBOE) saw the board honor the Mingo County Schools Transportation Department and approve assignments and transfers for several professional, extracurricular and service personnel positions. Aside from June Glover, all members of MCBOE were present.
At the start of the meeting, the Mingo County County Schools Transportation Department was singled out by the board for recognition. Superintendent of Mingo County Schools Dr. Robert Bobbera explained, “We are very, very fortunate in Mingo County to have such a wonderful transportation department. If you look at some of the statistics, their busses traveled over one million miles last year alone. They transport students every day across the county on some of the most difficult roads. It is just a phenomenal…transportation department and we could not operate without them.”
Transportation director Joe Howard, secretary Marcella Cooper and chief mechanic Jeremy Brumfield accepted a plaque recognizing the department’s merits.
Other actions taken by the MCBOE include approving the employment of Brandon Byrne as a health and physical education teacher at Tug Valley High School, Robert Browning as a health and physical education teacher at Gilbert Middle School and Rodney McCoy as a professional accountant for Mingo County Schools. Acknowledging a possible conflict of interest, Board member Jacqueline Branch recused herself from the vote approving McCoy.
Debra Santer was transferred from Mingo Central High School to Williamson Pre K-8 as a special education instructor, and Dreama Thornsbury was transferred from her position of coordinator of special education transitions at Mingo County Schools to Matewan Pk-8 as a special education instructor.
Extracurricular assignments were approved by the MCBOE. Christopher Blackburn will coach baseball at Kermit Pk-8, Larry Johnson will coach boys basketball at Williamson Pre K-8, and at Mingo Central High School Jack Stewart will be in the assistant girl’s basketball coach, and Kimberly Davis-Smith will be the assistant cheer coach. Julia Collins will act as wellness coach at Tug Valley High School. Billie Croaff was approved to be an after school teacher at Burch Elementary, Jaclyn Hall and Denise Williamson were approved for after school teaching at Dingess Elementary and Sherry Rutledge will take on after school teaching at Gilbert Elementary.
A request for an out-of-state field trip by Lenore Pre K-8 to see a theatrical production of “The Christmas Carol” at Jenny Wiley State Park in Kentucky was granted by the board.
On Oct. 20, the MCBOE and the Local School Improvement Council will have a meeting at Lenore Pre K-8 at 5 p.m..
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected]