(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second of two articles regarding the Tuesday, Oct. 2, meeting of the Mingo County Board of Education.)
WILLIAMSON — The Mingo County Board of Education met Tuesday, Oct. 2, and discussed a variety of topics at its regularly scheduled meeting.
After the role was called and minutes were approved, board members discussed an upcoming out-of-state field trip for Mingo Central High School. Booked by Joseph Hunt, the trip would consist of a tour of Ellis Island and New York City for 40 students. It was passed after a unanimous vote.
Next, a pair of upcoming meetings for the Board were rescheduled after Superintendent Randy Keathley said there would be an issue if they weren’t. The Nov. 6, meeting was switched to Nov. 1, for Election Day; and the Jan. 1, meeting was moved to Jan. 8, for New Years Day. Another unanimous vote carried the motion.
Job postings were recently released by the Board and will be up for five work days. The postings have a deadline of Oct. 8, at 4 p.m. and include jobs such as the MCHS basketball coach and dance instructor.
Statistics were then passed out which showed an increase of 46 students throughout the county between the final month of school last year and the first month of school this year. In total, 4,378 students are enrolled in Mingo County schools.
Lastly, President William Duty had a comment regarding Dingess Elementary. Noting that while it was one of the most rural schools in the county and in one of the poorest areas, he said it had a special charm and was impressive in its accomplishments.
“How can this school do the magnanimous things it has done?” Duty asked the board members. “It was chosen as one of the eight best schools in the state.”
Board member Stephen “Cheetah” Marcum said that it was “a four letter word — love.”
“I’m sure there is love in all of our schools,” Duty replied, “but there’s something alive and well at that school.”