Williamson Daily News

CINDERELLA - After its annual superintendent evaluation on Tuesday, the Mingo County Board of Education said Superintendent Don Spence met or exceeded all of his superintendent goals for the 2018-19 term.

The board went into a lengthy executive (closed to the public) session for the evaluation and announced the results afterward.

In other action, the BOE continued its discussion on the alternative education program. At last month's meeting, that issue was debated and an agreement could not be reached.

On Tuesday the board voted to keep the alternative education program at its current location at the Mingo County Career and Technical Center at Delbarton. One suggestion was to make the program a homebound program, but there was disagreement with this issue. Opposing the proposed change at the last meeting were representatives from the American Federation of Teachers-Mingo (AFT-Mingo) and the Mingo County Education Association (MCEA), as well as current alternative education teacher Kathy Farmer.

The BOE voted not only to keep the current physical location, but to use Plato online courses for those students who are sent to alternative education due to issues they have had in public schools.

The board also gave its approval for new programs to the county's Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at the Mingo Extended Learning Center in Delbarton, as well as at Mingo Central High School.

During the board's regular meeting last month, Vocational Administrator Tom Hoffman approached the members and presented his proposal.

One of the new CTE programs proposed for Mingo Central is a law and safety program. This could help fill jobs not only in enforcement, but positions at the regional jail or other related jobs in that field.

A new aerospace engineering program for Mingo Central's CTE was approved.

Regarding the Mingo Extended Learning Center, Hoffman had also recommended the addition of a cosmetology program at the Delbarton location. However, funding via a grant was not received, so that program has been put on the back burner. The county had been seeking grant funding from the West Virginia Department of Education to help start the program.

Kyle Lovern is editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at 304-236-3526 or via email at