POINT PLEASANT — At Tuesday’s meeting of the Mason County Board of Education, board members were updated regarding concerns on the security of parking lots of the county high schools.
Jack Cullen, Coordinator for Secondary Education, spoke to the board regarding these concerns brought up at a previous meeting. Cullen stated he had discussed the concerns with the principals of each Mason County high school, as well as Mason County Sheriff Mike Roach. Cullen stated there are officers normally present during football games, three at Hannan, three to four at Wahama, and four at Point Pleasant.
As previously reported, Point Pleasant High School was a particular concern regarding the security of the parking lots, as board members said there were several reported vehicle break-ins at recent games. Cullen stated that Roach had said there would be one officer, either by car or on foot, patrolling the parking lot during football games. Cullen also said Roach would notify him or Superintendent Suzanne Dickens of any criminal activity on school property. Board members also mentioned they would like to have the same communication with the West Virginia State Police, if possible.
Also on Tuesday evening, Director of Facilities Ruth Caplinger presented further information regarding a major improvement project (MIP) for Roosevelt Elementary School. Through this project, Caplinger is looking to replace the boiler for Roosevelt Elementary, which she stated is currently 28 years old. A representative from a company known as “Wendel” also presented information regarding this project and spoke on the energy performance contracts the company offers as well as some projected costs of this project.
Caplinger stated, as previously reported, she was looking into energy savings options and as a result is looking into purchasing a propane boiler. Caplinger continued, stating she wanted to present this information to the board along with the help from the Wendel representative to let the board know what the possible project entailed and asking for the board’s permission to submit the project for further approval. The board did approve this item, which was listed on their agenda for this meeting.
Maintenance Director Cameron Moffett also updated the board regarding the concerns raised on a dusk to dawn light at Wahama High School. Previously, Moffett stated he was unsure whether the light was currently broken and needed repaired or if the switch for the light was merely getting turned off. Moffett said he had visited Wahama and checked the light and turned the switch on. Moffett continued, saying he would be in contact with Wahama’s Vice-Principal Melissa VanMeter and if the light was still not functioning correctly, then he is prepared to send electricians to repair it.
In addition to Superintendent Dickens, board members present were Thomas Nunnery, Randy Searls, Greg Fowler, and Dale Shobe. Board member Paul Sayre was absent.
The Mason County Board of Education will meet again for a regular business meeting at 6 p.m. on Oct. 9, at the Mason County Career Center.
(Note: More on the approved agenda and personnel items from this meeting will appear in a later edition.)