Tucker super’s contract extended

PARSONS – The Tucker County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to extend Superintendent of Schools Dr. Eddie Campbell’s contract for an additional four years.

“It is an honor for me to make the motion to extend Dr. Campbell’s contract for four years,” Board Member Marvin Parsons said following a 30-minute executive session during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

Campbell said he was pleased with the extension.

“I am thrilled because I think the board, by doing this, has recognized the work that we do and the work the central office does,” Campbell said. “They are pleased with the direction the school system is going in.”

Campbell said he wants to continue the initiatives he has started in the county.

“We feel we are making great progress with lots of positive things going on,” Campbell said. “I would like to see those things through.”

Campbell said when he first came to Tucker County, he told the faculty that he truly believed Tucker County Schools could be the best system in the state of West Virginia, if not in the whole nation.

“That is something I wanted to work for with everyone,” Campbell said. “This gives us the opportunity to continue doing that. We still have the belief that we can be the best.”

He said he is glad for the four more years to continue to strive toward that goal.

“I cannot say enough about the team we have put together here,” Campbell said. “The Central Office folks, and our whole administrative team, including the principals and other building level administrative staff, are so committed. We have wonderful teachers and this community just rallies around the schools. You just don’t find that everywhere.”

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Campbell shared the results of the Tucker County Schools 2014-2015 calendar survey. He said more than 400 people completed the survey.

“Those voting for the start date of the school year approved roughly the same date that we always begin,” Campbell said. “The votes for Thanksgiving break were split – 43 percent voted for having only Thursday and Friday off, while 37 percent voted to have the whole week off. Those voting for spring break overwhelmingly voted for it to coincides with Easter.”

Campbell said folks indicated they wanted to use non-instructional days during the year to make-up lost instructional time before adding more days on the end of the year. He said the recommendations would be passed along to the calendar committee, and that he would bring a recommendation back to the board in the next month or two for final approval.

Board members took the following actions during Tuesday’s meeting:

Voted to accept the resignation of Daryla Rapp, principal of Davis-Thomas Elementary Middle School, effective June 30. Board member Marvin Parsons said he would like to thank Rapp for the years of great service she extended to the county.

Voted to employ Jack L. Mullenax as assistant track coach at Tucker-Valley Elementary Middle School, effective March 5/

Voted to employ Joshua O. Evans as head baseball coach at Tucker County High School, effective March 5.

Voted to employ Frederick J. Davis as boys and girls track coach for Davis-Thomas Elementary Middle School, effective March 5.

Voted for a 365-day expulsion for an unnamed student.

The next Tucker County Board of Education meeting is slated for 4:30 p.m. March 17.