POINT PLEASANT—The Mason County Board of Education recently held an organizational meeting with one new member and two previously elected members beginning new terms.
The board welcomed a new member, Jared Billings, and elected a new president and vice president. Board member and former president Thomas Nunnery was not present.
Board member Greg Fowler was unanimously voted president of the board. “Thank you,” Fowler said. “I plan to do a good job at this. I appreciate your support.”
Fowler discussed the kind of role he anticipates the board will play for the upcoming year.
“I will say,—and as a board we’ll discuss this more—I think there will be a need for a number of special meetings. I’d kind of like to see us maybe take a school at a time, especially once we get grades back and see where we’re at,” he said. “Let’s say if one of our schools is lacking and we want to take a proactive role, then my suggestion is going to be; ‘Let me call a special meeting,’ and we’ll have like the principal, a teacher, a parent or two,—or whatever— and us, the superintendent and anybody else from the board office,—and we can sit down and work with them and see what we can do to help get us to where we need to be. I see things like that in the future and I’d like to see us play a role and be visible and actively working with our schools so that we can make them better.”
Fowler also said that he does not foresee a need to have a policy meeting once a month, as the board has previously done, but rather an occasional policy meeting with a possible monthly special meeting to discuss other business as needed.
Board member Dale Shobe was unanimously voted vice president of the board. Shobe was also reelected as the board’s representative for the Regional Education Service Agencies (RESA) II Board of Directors.
Other business discussed was scheduling the dates and times for regular board meetings and upcoming special meetings.
The board unanimously voted to hold regular meeting sessions on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. in the Hartley Building attached to the Mason County Career Center, with the exception of the month of July.
“We’ve got a number of business items that needs to take place this month, and we need to keep in mind that the teachers report to work in August,” Fowler said.
The board will meet for regular business this month on July 15 and 29 at 6 p.m.
Additionally, the board will have a special meeting on July 16, at Saint Mary’s Conference Center in Huntington at 6 p.m. In 2013, the legislature voted in House Bill 2940 that all boards must meet within their RESA regions to identify administrative, coordinating, and other county-level services and functions that may be shared between county boards. The county boards included in RESA II are Cabell, Lincoln, Logan, Mingo, Wayne and Mason.
Other business the board discussed was the upcoming president’s retreat for the West Virginia School Board Association, which vice president Shobe will attend this weekend.
“We’ll kind of get our feet wet here a little bit, and see what we need and then we’ll go from there,” Fowler said.