This week, the Barbour County Board of Education released its agenda for its regular meeting, slated for 6 p.m. Monday at the board of education office in Philippi. Item 18 on the agenda recommends the termination of 53 extracurricular contracts at the end of the 2012-2013 school year due to either the lack of funding and/or need.
Superintendent of Barbour County Schools Dr. Joseph Super said it was not an easy decision to make the recommendation.
"This decision has been darn hard," Super said. "We did a thorough and efficient survey of our school system and looked at all programs and positions. My job is to present a balanced budget and so we have made these recommendations. But the final decision is entirely up the board of education."
Super said the residents of Barbour County did have an opportunity to have a say in the matter.
"When we presented the school bond and levy, it gave residents the opportunity to speak up," Super said. "The voters spoke and at that time they said they cannot support these items."
In January, a group of concerned parents formed a group named Barbour All County Sports Organization. The group spoke with the board of education in January and asked them not to eliminate middle school sports programs in the county.
Members of the group have been meeting to brainstorm ways to support the sports programs should the board of education decide to eliminate them.
The recommendations on the board agenda item 18 includes boys and girls middle school basketball coaches and assistant coaches, middle school football coaches and assistant coaches, middle school cheerleading coaches and middle school cross country and volleyball coaches.
The Barbour All County Sports Organization will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Belington Fire Department.
"We would like to have as much community support at the meeting as we can get," Lori Wetzel, Barbour All County Sports Organization member, said. "And we would like to have supporters come to the board meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. to show their support."
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