CINDERELLA - The Mingo County Board of Education approved the date of the public auction of the old Gilbert Elementary School property at its regular meeting Tuesday night. The auction will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 16.

The school was vacated this summer after the elementary students were consolidated with Gilbert Middle School to form Gilbert PK-8.

The old brick building served as Gilbert High School in years past and then served as the middle school. When Mingo Central was formed by consolidation of four high schools, including Gilbert, the students moved to the current location.

The BOE also approved the purchase of four new school buses for the coming school year after a request by Transportation Director Joe Howard.

The board also approved a program by the American Association of University Women after a presentation by Jada Hunter and Dee Kapourales. The organization will work with local high school juniors and encourage them to further their education by attending college.

The BOE also approved several personnel moves.

Professional personnel

New employment or transfer into existing positions, Brianna S. Blankenship substitute teacher MCS, effective April 17.

Resignation: Dolores Conley, substitute teacher MCS, effective May 15; Kimberley Messer, LPN instructor, MELC, effective Aug. 30.

Request for leave of absence, Rhonda Williamson teacher/social studies, MCHS, effective March 15 and April 8; Butler Newsome teacher/grade 4 BK8, effective April 1 half day, 5, 8, 9 and 10.

Retirement, Tina R. Hatfield, teacher/grade 1 WK8, effective June 5.

Professional extracurricular assignments

Resignation, Kristy Noe assistant coach, softball GK8, effective April 4; and Ralph Edwin May, coach boys basketball TVHS, effective April 8.

Service personnel

New employment into existing position, Jonathon Duty, substitute bus operator, MCS, effective April 17, pending certification.

Resignation, Kari Slone, after school teacher/tutor MK8 grades 6-8, effective April 1.

Leave of Absence, Sarah Chapman, Early Childhood Classroom Assistant Teacher BK8, effective March 19; Lisa Cottle Aide/Autism Mentor MCHS, effective March 19.