Board of Education renews superintendent’s contract
By Shirley Shuman
At their May 12 meeting, members of the Braxton County Board of Education voted to renew Superintendent David Dilly’s contract. They also awarded him a raise of a little more than five thousand dollars.
Dilly, who became Superintendent of Braxton County Schools in July 2013, was given a four-year contract and will receive $104,000 for the upcoming year, according to Board Vice-President David Hoover. Board members also voted to give the superintendent an additional $2,000 for each of the last three years of his contract. With the raise, Dilly will be receiving more than the superintendents of neighboring counties Calhoun, Clay, Roane, and Webster unless they, too, receive raises. A total of 15 county superintendents in the state make less than the Braxton superintendent will be making.
Reacting to the contract renewal, the superintendent said, “I appreciate the confidence the Board has in me to continue the work I’ve been doing.” He continued to note that he has “created lots of initiatives” since taking the position two years ago and added, “We just need to follow through on those initiatives now.” Asked to give one example of an initiative created during his tenure as superintendent, Dilly named the Walk to Success program.
Coming to Braxton from his position as Assistant Superintendent in Upshur County, Dilly is a native of Tucker County. His experience also includes a little over ten years as the Director of Support Services in Tucker County Schools. Dilly graduated from Fairmont State and earned his administrative certificate from Salem University. He received his Master’s Degree from West Virginia University.
Explaining the Board’s reasons for providing Superintendent Dilly with an immediate raise along with the additional yearly raises and a four-year contract, Board President Kathy Parker spoke highly of his work. “We believe David Dilly is doing a very good job,” she said. “He brought in a new principal and a new assistant principal for Braxton County High School, a priority school, and we believe that test scores will be rising in a couple of years,” she added. Parker concluded by saying, “We gave Mr. Dilly the raise because of what he has brought to the job and the work that he is doing.”
Fire destroys Sutton home
An early morning fire, Sunday, May 17 destroyed the home of a Sutton family. At approximately 8:20 a.m. the Sutton Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to a fire at 269 North Hamon
Avenue. Upon arrival, first responders found the mobile home of Betty Westfall fully engulfed in flames. Fortunately all occupants of the structure escaped uninjured.
The SVFD responded two tankers and 10 fire fighters to fight the blaze. According to Sutton Fire Chief John Tinney, his squad’s efforts were hampered by down power lines which aided in the structure being a total loss.
Fire officials remained on scene until early afternoon before completely extinguishing the blaze. The Fire Chief stated that the blaze appeared to have started in the front of the mobile home. The exact cause of the fire is as yet undetermined. The investigation is continuing.
Braxton Eagles win
With two consecutive wins over the Webster Highlanders last Monday and Tuesday, the Eagles’ baseball team emerged as champions of AA Section 4 of Region 1. The Eagles now move to a semi-regional game.
Braden Poling, pitching for the Eagles in Braxton’s 13-5 win Monday night, went six innings. He struck out four while giving up five hits and walking two. Brent McMillion pitched the seventh inning.
Stout and Backus each tripled in Monday’s game, and Stout, along with Poling, doubled. Brent McMillion, once again with a hot bat, was 2 for 2 with two RBIs. Backus, Troy McMillion, and Payton Lockard each had three hits in four at-bats. Lockard picked up three RBIs.
In Tuesday night’s game, Braxton scored a short-game 22-2 win with Seth Backus on the mound for four innings and Cody Dobbins in as relief in the fifth. Backus struck out seven in four innings while giving up five hits. He issued no walks.
The offense in the second game was led by Ben Fincham, who hit a grand slam, the second for the Eagles this season, in the first inning. Fincham also scored three runs in the game. Tayton Stout was 2 for 2 while Brent McMillion went 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
Going into the semi-regionals, the Eagles carry a 15-13 record.
Burnsville VFD receives EQT Foundation grant
Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department recently received a grant from The EQT Foundation in the amount of $20,000. Burnsville VFD sought the grant to assist with the purchase of a 1,000 gallon pumper which will be delivered in 2016.
The EQT Foundation provides support to worthy charities and organizations that serve communities and individuals. The Foundation’s funding strategy endorses programs that directly touch the community and its residents, rather than fundraising initiatives designed to support general operating expenses. The Foundation supports projects that demonstrate positive, significant, measurable and sustainable impacts. The preference is for proposals grounded in solid research and analysis that demonstrate creative approaches to addressing critical issues.
“The department is extremely grateful to The EQT Foundation for its support and for recognizing the service we provide to those in our service area,” commented BVFD Chief, Kenneth Summers.
Town of Sutton’s Mayor request Commission’s support for SCBG funding
Sutton Mayor J.L. Campbell was one of the first to address the Braxton County Commission at their regular meeting on Friday, May 15. Mayor Campbell explained that the town was pursuing funding for the third phase of upgrading the sewer system in the city. He stated that the Town was applying for a Small Cities Block Grant (SCBG) to complete the three step improvement. He requested that the Commission write a letter of support and provide $10,000 to match the city’s $5,000 toward the project estimated to cost in the neighborhood of $500,000. After hearing the request, Commissioner Gary Ellyson made a motion to provide the letter of support and review the budget to see if they could accommodate the funding request.
Mayor Campbell also stated that the Town was hoping to utilize inmate labor from the Central Regional Jail and requested the Commissions support. No immediate action was taken pending additional information.
Amber Humphrey, executive director of Braxton County Day Report Center gave the Commission a report on her agency’s activities.
Mike Baker, OES/9-1-1 Director made several requests of the Commission. Baker requested permission to change the status of Lisa D. Nicholas from part-time to full-time with all county benefits effective May 17. Nicholas’ new rate of pay would be $11.00 per hour. George Skidmore made a motion to approve the request.
Following a brief discussion, Gary Ellyson made a motion to table Baker’s request to extend the maintenance contract, at a cost of $850, with Walker Machinery for the generator at the 9-1-1 center.
Baker requested and was granted permission to advertise for two part-time dispatchers at the 9-1-1 center.
Gary Ellyson made a motion that authorized Samuel Mace to set on the E-9-1-1 Advisory Board in the capacity of Emergency Ambulance Director.
Sheriff Eddie Williams requested that the county allow him to hire Jeremy Jenkins as a part-time deputy. Sheriff Williams explained that Jenkins has and will be working Dam Patrol and wants to work with his drug dog as a deputy when he is not employed in Gilmer County. After hearing the request, George Skidmore made a motion to authorize the hiring.
Sam Mace, Emergency Ambulance Service Director requested that Mike Baker as OES/9-1-1 Director and Kristi Allen, Deputy OES/9-1-1 Direct be appointed to the EAS Advisory Board. Following a discussion concerning the need of both individuals on the board, Gary Ellyson made a motion to appoint the OES/9-1-1 Director to the advisory board.
Mace also requested that Julia Rose, who represents the Hospital on the board, be reappointed. That request was granted on a motion by Commissioner Ellyson.
Mace made three additional requests all of which were granted. He was given permission to purchase a laptop computer not to exceed $1,000; He will advertise for full and part-time EMTs and paramedics; He was also given permission to close a bank account in Buckhannon and move the approximately $2,100 balance to the local City National Bank branch.
In other action, short form settlements for the following were approved as presented by the Fiduciary Supervisor: Linda Sue Dean, Mary Jean Heater, Arlene G. Herndon, Fred L McCraw, Sr., Constance Marie Williams, and Bernard F. Wymer.
Internal budget revisions were approved as presented.
George Skidmore made a motion to sign resolutions accepting Homeland Security Grants that will provide radio equipment for the OES/9-1-1 Office and Braxton County Memorial Hospital.
On a motion by Gary Ellyson, Colonial Life was given permission to discuss College Tuition Benefits and free Accidental Death Insurance with county employees.
A request from the County Clerk to utilize the Purchasing Card to buy a computer monitor costing $150 was granted.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to accept the resignation of James Facemire from the E-9-1-1 Advisory Board.
The Commission accepted a proposal and contract for an annual inspection and maintenance of the sprinkler system from TYCO/Simplex Grinnell.
George Skidmore made a motion to send a letter to the banks and fill out necessary paperwork for the transition of Sam Mace as EMS Director.
Following a review, County P-Card and EMS invoices ere approved for payment.
Under the topic of old business, Gary Ellyson made a motion to accept the recommendation of the Braxton County Development Authority to appoint Nick Long to their board. The board believes that the single appointment fills all vacant seats on the board.
Gary Ellyson made a motion to approve the minutes of the Commission’s previous meetings with minor corrections.
Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 10:17 a.m. The next regular meeting of the Braxton County Commission will be on June 5 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Commission will hold a work session on May 20 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.