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Board hires new Superintendent
Kathy Hypes leaves position as Executive Director of Region VII to lead Braxton County Schools

The Braxton County Board of Education held a special meeting on May 15 to appoint a new County Superintendent. On a motion by DeAnna Bollinger, the board unanimously approved Kathy Hypes to serve as the Superintendent for a period of two years.
Hypes has been the Executive Director for RESA VII in Clarksburg since 2014. She has previous experience as a teacher and principal as well as Director of Student Support Services and Attendance in Nicholas County Schools. Hypes also worked for the West Virginia Department of Education as Coordinator for the Office of Federal Programs and School Improvement.
“I am really excited, elated, over-the-moon happy to be here.” Hypes went on to say, “I won’t make you a laundry list of promises right now, because that would be in haste and I don’t know your students well enough to make promises. But I will make one promise to you that I will be able to keep, and that is that decisions will always be about the children and what is best for them. Because they are the reason we are here and they deserve the very best that we can give them.”
Hypes will assume her new position on July 1 of this year.
On May 14, the board conducted a regular meeting. The meeting was called to order by President Jill Cooper at 6:00 pm with the Pledge, followed by an opening prayer led by Vice President Dave Hoover.
Anita Miller, Cafeteria Manager at BCMS, spoke on behalf of the cooks in the county. Burnsville Elementary’s Cafeteria Manager has been having issues with keeping a substitute cook and sometimes is the only one working. Also an issue with a retired substitute cook was raised. Superintendent David Dilly said the issues have been looked into and he is correcting the problem.
The board went into executive session at 6:16 pm to discuss personnel issues with an individual. The meeting was reconvened at 6:43 pm with no decisions made.
The board moved on with regular business and approved the following consent agenda items: approval of April 16, April 30, and May 8 meeting minutes; payment of bills; budget transfers and supplements; transportation requests and reports; treasurer’s report; and request to be released from Braxton County Schools to attend Gilmer County.
The following service and professional personnel items were approved: mutual consent per Policy 5000 for Debra Butler, from second grade teacher to K/1 split teacher, Davis, Mary Anne Backus, from 3/4 split teacher to fourth grade teacher, Davis, Melissa Duckworth, from fifth grade teacher to 4/5 split teacher, Davis, and Amber King from fourth grade teacher to third grade teacher, Davis; resignation for Sara Moore, pre-k teacher, Burnsville, Robert Stump, chief mechanic, retirement, and Jeff Jenkins, bus operator, retirement; request to have name removed from substitute custodian list for Elizabeth Lynn Bright; request for leave of absence for Sherri Stump, medical leave; and employment/reassignment for Tiffany Balis, math teacher, BCMS.
The board approved all fundraisers as presented. The second reading and on comment for Policy 4320 Communicable Disease Control was discussed.
Brenda Wells, Director of Support Services, presented the bids for the new waste water treatment plant at Little Birch and the roofing, hood in the kitchen, and an electrical upgrade-main breaker at the high school. She updated the board on the priority list that was previously provided by ZMM Architects for projects at various schools. The board approved the lowest bids. Director Wells also reported on possibly combining bus routes in the Gassaway and Frametown area.
Superintendent Dilly spoke on the changes to staffing at Davis Elementary that was approved by the board. He told the board the teachers at Davis were a pleasure to work with and only wanted what was best for the children. Superintendent Dilly brought up the Italy/Switzerland trip. The board gave their blessing for the trip to go on as planned. He also reported that he has secured funds for cameras at the middle school. The funds will come from Title IV to be used to put in a new upgraded system.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm. The next regular meeting has been scheduled for May 28 at 6:00 pm. As always, members of the Braxton County community are encouraged to attend regular board meetings. Any parent or concerned community member wishing to speak as a delegate or with public concerns may do so by signing in up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.


BCHS Graduation see 116 receive diplomas

The Class of 2019 graduated from Braxton County High School May 17 with Garrett Perkins leading the class of 116.





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Presentations highlight Commission meeting

Several representatives appeared before the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting last Friday, May 17. One of the first to speak was Dr. Kenna Seal, who was on hand to present certificates of completion to county employees who had participated in the Stop the Bleed training. Dr. Seal stated that he was representing Doug Douglas who is the coordinator of the nationwide program for Charleston Area Medical Center. Dr. Seal told the audience about the Rotary Club purchasing Stop the Bleed kits for all county school building and how the Commission had purchased three kits for the Courthouse and Annex as well. President George Skidmore thanked Dr. Seal on behalf of the County and recognized the Braxton County Rotary Club for their efforts.


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Kelly Miller Circus coming
to Holly Gray Park, June 6th

The Kelly Miller Bros. Circus, founded during the Depression, is marking another milestone this year as it celebrates its 81st anniversary. Their tour will include two shows at Holly Gray Park on Airport Road on June 6.


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