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Williams’ Contract Discussed

By Staff | Jul 8, 2015

At the Monday, July 6 meeting of the Wetzel County Board of Education, Board President Mike Blair made a statement on behalf of the board regarding the employment of the county’s new superintendent, Leatha Williams.

Blair explained the superintendent’s contract is a two-year contract, effective from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017. The first year’s salary is $110,000, with the second year being $113,000. Blair said the contract is identical to the recent superintendent contracts the board has had. He added that the contract is on file at the board office and is public information.

In another matter at Monday night’s meeting, Wetzel County Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Pre-K, and Title I, Shane Highley informed the board the transfer of New Martinsville’s pre-school program from the Wetzel County Center for Children and Families to New Martinsville School had been completed. Highley said any additional materials that were needed had been ordered and work on the playground at New Martinsville School was supposed to start that day.

Highley also informed the board of the upcoming open houses for the county’s Energy Express program. Highley explained the Paden City site’s open house is scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, 5-6 p.m. The Short Line School site will have their open house Thursday, July 9, 5-6 p.m. Highley said the program was going well.

Also, Board Vice President Bob Patterson remarked that the hiring of college students for maintenance at Wetzel County Schools during the summer was a “great idea.” Patterson added that many community members had complimented him on the appearance of the schools’ grounds, saying they had “never looked better.” Director of Ancilliary Services Brian Jones is credited with the idea of hiring college students.