Boos & Applause

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in – pro, con or neutral.

Applause to the Randolph County Schools Calendar Committee for presenting three plans to the Board of Education this week. Board members now will debate and select next year’s calendar at a meeting on April 5. School start times range from Aug. 11 to Aug. 22, while finish dates range from June 1 to June 9. All calendars have built-in snow days and include breaks at Thanksgiving and Easter. Calendars also include built-in days for two-hour delays.

Applause to Elkins Main Street and Woodlands Community Lenders for teaming up to sponsor an Entrepreneurship Summit in coordination with Pierpont Community & Technical College. Scheduled from 2-8 p.m. April 20 at the Wood Technology Center in Elkins, the summit will offer information and training to give aspiring and pre-existing business owners a chance to gain a cutting edge in the small business world. Programs like these only help small businesses, which are becoming the backbone of the Mountain State’s economy.

Applause to the Elkins Fire Department for the quick reaction this week to a fire at Davis Memorial Presbyterian Church. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze in short order, with the church sustaining minimal damage. Thanks to this fast action, the historic church was spared from more severe damage.

Applause to the Elkins City Council Finance Committee for presenting a nearly balanced budget this week. Work remains, but this certainly is a good start.

Boos & Applause

Editor’s note: During the course of a week, issues are covered that might not lend themselves to full editorial comment, but they are worthy of The Inter-Mountain weighing in – pro, con or neutral.

Applause to the Randolph County Board of Education on completing repairs to the roof at Homestead School. The roof began leaking in late January, prompting the relocation of the preschool and computer rooms. Randolph County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rich Carr said two computers were damaged beyond repair in the initial leaks. The remaining computers, along with the preschool students, were then relocated to classrooms in a different part of the building. Now that the leaks are fixed, students can get back to the business at hand – learning.

Applause to Alderson Broaddus University and President James “Tim” Barry on its quest for adding a school of optometry. The addition of the program would be a boon to the university and attract many students to the Central West Virginia school. “We’re an economic engine for the city of Philippi, Barbour County, this portion of West Virginia,” Barry said. “We are an engine, but we live in a city that is also an engine to us. Together we can work together and build that economic engine.”

Applause to the city of Elkins on breaking ground for the estimated $37 million water system improvement project. During the initial phases of the project, new water distribution lines will be installed on Andrews Street, Whisperwood Drive and Sunset Drive. Additional work will also be done on adjacent streets in the area. This first part of the project is the first phase in one of the four contracts. This is just the first steps in vastly improving the city’s infrastructure that will, hopefully, make the lives of area residents much better.