this weeks edition:
Three cheers for the Highlanders…
What an exciting time for our neighbors in Webster County. State Single A State Champions… 1st time in school history. And, they did it in convincing fashion by posting a perfect undefeated season on top of the big prize. My hat is off to the team and their coaches. It was a great accomplishment and many of your neighbors here in Braxton County are proud of you!
A new Superintendent…
I must say that the news that the Board of Education is replacing the Superintendent of School was somewhat of a surprise. We monitor the school system closely for a number of reasons, primarily it being the valuable asset it is to our youth and their future. It is no secret that we have had some problems here at the paper with Mr. Dilly. He has always been professional and polite in our dealings and I truly appreciate that.
Sometimes, being on the fringes of an organization like the educational system has its advantages. We are often the sounding board for problems and issues, most of which never make it to print. With that said, I think the time is right for the Board to move on and find a new leader for the system. I commend the Board for having the fortitude to make such a difficult decision.
The search won’t be easy. I hope the end result will be someone that is of course knowledgeable of the job description. In my opinion a successful applicant must also be extremely dedicated to the well-being of the students. I also hope the next superintendent will be more dedicated to this county and the people who live here.
This job is very demanding and I fully realize that you can’t please all the people all the time. But, I do believe that we have a lot of work to do, if the public is going to trust the Board and Administration again.
I remember back when I was a young man doing this job. I recall the many fusses that I had with Dr. Kenna Seal when he was superintendent. Most were productive discussions and I was able to live with the end result. We certainly were lucky to have him. I hope the Broad can find another professional as dedicated as Dr. Seal was to the students and this county.