LOGAN - In a special meeting Tuesday evening, the Logan County Board of Education once again failed to come to a consensus on a new member to fill the seat vacated by former President Paul Hardesty.
In a meeting that lasted only around 16 minutes, board members stayed mostly silent on the issue, instead discussing Man Middle School's distinction as a Model School and winners of the regional Math Field Day competition. It was only when the floor was given to member Dr. Ed White that the issue was brought to the forefront.
White called on the board to make the best choice because their decisions "impact children," a common slogan used by the LCBOE.
"It's a tough process because we have an even number of board members right now," White said. "It's not an easy process, but our families, our friends, our employees and, most of all, our children count on us to do what's best for them. We've seen what has happened in the past when poor decisions were made.
"This could be an opportunity to make up for some of that," White continued. "This appointment will have huge implications in a lot of respects."
Following the remarks, Board President Debbie Mendez briefly gave her thoughts on MMS and Math Field Day and brought the board into executive session. When the board members returned from the session, which lasted slightly over an hour, no motion was put forth, and the board once again remained without a new member.
The LCBOE has 45 days from the start of the vacancy to fill the seat before West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven L. Payne, must make the decision. As of Thursday, it has now been 28 days since the resignation of Hardesty following his appointment to the West Virginia State Senate by Gov. Jim Justice.
The board has six applicants to choose from: Austin Workman, Roger Ramey, Darrell Bias, Ted Ellis, Moss Burgess and Michael Johnson. They will take the issue up again at a special meeting at 5 p.m. Monday at the Logan County Schools central administrative office.
Dylan Vidovich is a news reporter for HD Media. Contact him by phone at 304-896-5196 or follow him on Twitter @DVidovichLB.