Wayne BOE hears Crum options
WAYNE -- The Wayne County Board of Education met in executive session on Tuesday to discuss possible locations in Crum for a new school that would house students from Pre-K through eighth grade.
Dave Ferguson, of ZMM, Inc., an architectural and engineering firm based in Charleston, met with the board to give it an overview of various properties that could house the new school, but no action was taken.
It was one of several items the board took into executive session at its regular meeting. Other discussions included personnel and security matters.
Before entering the closed-door session, the board approved several personnel matters, including the promotion of Velvet Kelley as the new Director of Career Technical Education, the post Sandra Pertee vacated when she became the new superintendent this summer. Kelley was formerly the assistant principal at Spring Valley Vo-Tech.
The board provided a list of personnel matters to the public for "the first time in a long time," said Trey Morrone, board president.
In addition to Kelley, the list also included Danny Mayo, who was approved as the new Director of Secondary Education/Alternative Education. He was the assistant principal at Kellogg Elementary School.
Aside from personnel issues, the board also approved eight new bus purchases totaling nearly $770,000 from Heritage International Trucks, Inc., based in Charleston.
The board approved a resolution its attorneys required to reimburse itself for capital spending in connection to the $18 million construction and renovation of new and existing schools. The resolution allows the board to pay for preliminary expenses out of its general fund and then reimburse itself once it receives funds from selling bonds.
The board also heard from Kendal Partlow and Bernard Ross of the Wayne Touchdown Club regarding the installation of turf on the county's three football fields.
The two asked the board to consider placing a levy on the November ballot that would solely fund the installation of turf fields at all three high schools. They estimated the cost of the project to be $3.3 million.
Several people involved with the club attended the meeting to show support for the proposal.
"It's an investment. It is such a minimal investment with high end impact," Partlow said, adding that the fields host community events in addition to football games.
Morrone said he was skeptical the board would be able to put together a levy in time for the November election.
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