By Kyle Lovern
CINDERELLA – The Mingo County Board of Education and the new superintendent of schools, Dr. Robert Bobbera, received updates from department heads at its regular monthly meeting on Aug. 12.
First up was Director of Curriculum Judy McCoy, who gave the board an update on new classes added at the schools for the 2014-15 term.
New Director of Personnel Dr. Richard Duncan gave an update on hiring and teacher openings. He has been working to fill the void created by several retirements and transfers.
Transportation Director Joe Howard informed the board that the buses were ready to go. He also said that his department received a grade of “excellent” from the recent state inspection on the bus garage and vehicles.
Beth Daniels, treasurer of Mingo County schools, gave the organization a handout to update the current fiscal budget. She said that finances are better for Mingo County and that her department was working hard to improve on that with grants.
Child Nutrition Director Kay Maynard gave an update on the school breakfast and lunch programs. Her department has received several grants to integrate healthy foods into Mingo County schools.
Maynard said that Mingo County was judged to have 89 percent economically disadvantaged students. Every student in the county receives free breakfast and free lunch. The Pre-K and kindergarten students get an afternoon snack. The menus for the county meet USDA guidelines. New fresh fruit and vegetable bars are being installed in several schools. Some of the buildings already have these in place.
Director of Facilities James Ed Baisden gave an update on work done at several school buildings and playgrounds throughout the county. He also said grass had been cut and that the schools were ready to go on the first day of school Thursday.
The board took care of several routine matters such as approving minutes from the June and July meetings.
Board members also accepted the resignation of Bill Duty as a board member. Duty has filed to run for county commissioner, and by law had to immediately step down as a board member.
The board tabled the selection of LSIC for the county for the school year. That decision will be made at a later date.
Board President Dave Farley was chosen to serve on the five-year strategic planning committee.
All four current board members were present for the meeting including Farley, June Glover, Mark Colegrove and Jackie Branch.
New assistant superintendent Paula Brown was also at her first meeting in her new capacity.
The next regular board meeting will be Sept. 9 at the central office located at Cinderella Hollow at 6 p.m. A special meeting was scheduled to select the new board member to replace Duty on Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.
Applications currently are being taken for that spot, although the person who is chosen will serve only until the November general election. That is when a new board member will be voted on by the citizens of Mingo County.
(Kyle Lovern is the sports editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277, or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)