FRENCH CREEK – The Upshur County Board of Education held a regular session meeting at the French Creek Elementary School on Tuesday, June 11. All board members were in attendance with exception of Vice-President, Katie Loudin. Multiple personnel changes were approved and will likely continue as positions open and employees transfer.
Once the meeting came to order, Superintendent Dr. Sarah Stankus addressed the board and stated, “I’m really excited to introduce our new intern, Brandon Williams, who is getting his degree in administration.” Williams is in his fifth and final semester with Old Dominion University of Norfolk, Virginia. Williams will complete the program in August 2019 and will have an administrator license for the state of Virginia. He will then seek reciprocity for the state of West Virginia. After announcing Williams’ accomplishments to the board, Stankus introduced Eric Brand with recommendation for his employment at Buckhannon Academy Elementary School. The board went into executive session later in the meeting, which approved Brand as the new Assistant Principal of BAES for the 2019-20 school year.
Stankus went on to praise the board for suggesting the Upshur NEXT community planning meeting held last week and they were all impressed with the successful turn out that produced many progressive ideas for the future of Upshur County Schools. Stankus stated, “I want to celebrate our entire community because it was an amazing testament to our community.” Over 100 people came out in attendance to discuss the future of education and collaborate for the upcoming Community Education Facilities Plan (CEFP).
Many exciting things are going on in the summer months to make improvements in all nine of the Upshur County schools. The BOE accepted a bid from the Huffman Corporation out of Harrison County to complete the Hodgesville Elementary School project. Huffman Corporation came in with the lowest bid along with the least amount of days to complete the project, 180 days. A pre-construction meeting will be held next Monday. George P. Carver stated, “I think it’s a very good outcome.”
Approval of the lease agreement with Fred Eberle Technical Center for use of the building for the alternative school was granted. The FETC program has demonstrated the ability to significantly aide with increased graduation rate, which essentially means less youth in Upshur County are dropping out of school with the availability of alternative education programs. Jody Akers was in attendance of the BOE meeting as well and stated, “We only had approximately 12 drop outs this year and it’s the best we’ve done.” Upshur County has one of the highest graduation rates in the state at 99 percent.
The June 25 BOE meeting has been cancelled.