County schools had a smooth opening, the Wyoming County Board of Education learned at its meeting last Monday.
“We had a great opening,” said Superintendent of Schools Frank “Bucky” Blackwell. “It went about picture perfect.”
Assistant Superintendent Frank Mann reported that there were five teacher openings: Two in English, one each in math, chemistry and technology education.
All the positions have been posted, he indicated.
BOE President Michael Prichard asked about the use of drug dogs.
Blackwell said “any school that wants it can request it.”
Prichard noted that he visited the new Huff Consolidated and “it was a good morning.”
Mann said the contractor had done “a fantastic job in 13 months.”
Assistant Superintendent Deirdre Cline observed that there are 13 new teachers in the elementary and middle schools.
Ten are working toward their certificates, she reported.
“We have to grow teachers,” she said.
In other news, cell phone boosters are being installed at schools.
Cline said she had met with the new principal at Oceana Middle, Shonda Lester, to dicuss crisis management issues.
Blackwell noted that photos of the model of the Minuteman which will be placed in front of Pineville Elementary School are being reviewed.
The board has changed the date of its next meeting from Sept. 2 to Sept. 4.
John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.