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10- Hinton News Tues. Sept. 18, 1990 From Page 1 Project: From Page I Hurry Home The Hinton Moose Lodge #993 has started Project: Hurry Home. A tree has been planted in the yard of the lodge where anyone can tie a ribbon with the name and address of those serving in the Persian Gulf. The lodge will take these names and send along cards conveying our support and wishes for them to - - HURRY HOME !!! Hunter Education Class To Be Offered The Dept. of Natural Resources wilt sponsor a Hunter Education Course 24,25,26 Sept., 7:30 PM at Summers County Career Center. Included in the training will be basis 6ran safety, information about lirearms and ammunition, the role of the hunter and huntingin wildlife management and conservation, hunter responsibilities, game care and the wildlife laws. Persons successfully completing the 10 hour course will receive a Hunter Education Certification card from the W.Va. Dept. of Natural Resources. W. Va. law now requires persons who purchase their first hunting license after Jan. 1, to suc- cessfully complete the Hunter Edu- cation Course. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. For further information and reg- istration details, please contact: Leonard Smith at 466-2071. CONCERT Folger's presents The Statlers w/ Special Guest T.G. Sheppard on Sat. Oct. 13 at 8PM at the Coliseum at the Charleston Civic Center. Ticket Prices: $16.50 - All seats reserved. $3.00 discount with Fol- gers, Citrus Hill or Sunny Delight Container presented at Civic Center Box Office or Outlets. One container per ticket. For ticket purchase call Ticket- master: Charleston Area: 342-5757 or Toll free in W.Va., Oh., and Ky.: 1- 800-877-1212. much-- it's policy. Let's change the policy. That's all you have to do. Put it out for public review and vote on it in two weeks." e Dillon, an avid reader of The Hinton News and knows what is wrong with every issue, said he =deeply resented" the article con- cerning the special meeting, Ridicu. lous BOE Meeting, Sept. 4, saying the paper, =in my opinion is ridlcu. lous," adding that, "the paper should be a daily paper. Yours is a weekly. Some of these people are already dead and buried before you have them in the obituaries." Honaker, when asked if he un- derstood the reason for the special meeting, said the Board made some points for having it. =I just hap- pened to be at that meeting and I didn~ understand anything that went on there that was so important thatit couldn't be handled two weeks from that day." Two appeared before the Board and asked permission for county students to attend out-of-county schools. Ms. Garrison, a teacher at the Meadow Bridge elementary school, asked permission for a foster child to transfer from Sandstone school to Meadow Bridge. Because she has a son enrolled at Meadow Bridge the school Board by unanimous vote granted permission. Mike Mize, of Green Sulphur, asked permission for his nephew, a junior at Hinton High School, to transfer to Woodrow Wilson High School in Raleigh County. Mize said his nephew wanted to become a veterinarian and felt Woodrow Wilson would offer him =a better chance~ and a "better scholarship program.~ "I think," said Board President Bill Dillon, "it is known in our area that Woodrow Wilson, academically, probably ranks in the highest in our area as far as curriculum offered~ and asked Tassos if that is correct. =I'm just guessing," Tassos said, =I'd say you are probably right." "I hate to lose students from our county,~ Dillon said, "but then I hate to not let a child live up to their full potential academic ability" and of- fered a motion to approve the trans- fer. Mathews seconded noting that the state did not Offer a veterinarian school and as a member of the =Committee of 55~ he was going to bring the matter before them when they meet next month. The motion passed on a 4 - 1 split vote. Paul and Phyllis Coffman asked for an executive session and, Dillon said after returning to the open meeting, they cited several problems and asked permission for their daughter, a member of the Hinton High School Band, ~to go to the foot- ball field dressed and ready to per- form in the band at 6:45." "I want to go on record," Teases said before the Board took any ac- tion, I'm totally opposed to it. The principal (Lynn Crowder) supported the Band Director (Becky Green) and I support the Principal and the Band Director." But Dillon said he believed some of the band rules had been changed after the program started. "I think the young lady met all the criteria established to start with. She is an honor student. She has been in the band since the 7th grade. I don't think her request is out of line be- cause of her situation.~ Both Board members John Lilly and Bud Shanks said they could not support the request, Lilly saying he believed the parent should hire a LARRYDEEDS, FORMER COUNTY DIRECTOR of Curriculum and instruction, has a new job as principal of the Mercer Chrt~ian Academy and will be leaving the county school system on Sept. 28. The school Board was in such a hurry to get rid of him that Board President Bill Dillon said "I felt Hke it was imperative" that they act on his resignation and he called a special meeting in August to sever Deeds' contract even before a letter of resignation was given to them. The meeting cost the tax payers $400 but Dillon said the savings in Deeds' salary, which is $7,394 in county funds and $27,970 in state money, "justified the $400 expense." Apparently if the Board did not take action when they did Deeds would have been forced to quit his new job and stay employed with the county school system. When the motioncamebeforetheBoardBudShanksvoted against it saying "this type of business should be done during a regular meeting." John Lilly abstained and members Dillon, Bill Mathews and Charles Neely voted to accept the resignation effec- tive Sept. 28." Deeds said he accepted the new position because it offered "a unique blend ofquality education with an atmosphere of patriotism and reinforcing home and church values." baby sitter. "This young lady we are talking about is the baby sitter,~ Mathews said adding that he believe the re- quest =is just." =It should never have reached this Board of Education," Dillon said. Board member Charles Neely made the motion to approve the request and Mathews seconded. It passed 3 - 2 with Shanks and Lilly voting no. Margie Judy, Band Booster, ap- peared before the Board stating that her daughter fell from the back step of the Band Booster's Equipment Bus and required treatment by a specialist in Beckley because of the injuries. "I'm concerned about the safety of children getting on and off the back of that bus," she said. "It is just a hand made step," saying some type of coveting needs to be placed over it to prevent children from slip- ping on it and the bus should have %we steps and a handle." =Jack Harvey is the custodian of that bus,~ she said. If he can't take care of it, Mr. "lassos or Mr. Dillon should see that it is taken care of. rm very concerned for those kids. My daughter could have been killed! If Jack Harvey can not take care ofit to insure that it is safe for your kid, my kid, anybody's kid, he should be taken off." A motion was made by Mathews to have the bus worked on at the Board's Bus Garage to bring it up to safety standards. Shanks seconded and the motion passed by unani- mous vote. Dillon asked Don Kessler, Trans- portation Director, if Harvey was on the school's insurance. "If Jack Harvey has an accident with that bus and kills somebody who is re- sponsible for that person that was killed? Kessler said the school system is the owner of the bus and that the school system would be responsible. ~Ve have a fleet policy that covers everything that the Board owns,~ he said, and Harvey =is covered~ by the Board's insurance. =That is all rm after," Dillon said, =if something happens while he is driving that bus that we are not sued." Lilly, who was called out of order by Board member Charles Neely during an earlier meeting on grounds that he could not make a motion according to Robert's Rules of Order, presented a letter from Parkersburg attorney Howard E. Seufer, Jr., "the best attorney in the state on school law, Lilly said, stating that Lilly's motion was not out of order. =It is my understanding,~ Seufer said in his letter, =that under Robert's Rules of Order, any member may make a motion to rescind, regard- less of how he or she voted on the original question. It is a motion to reconsider that can be made only by a member who voted with the pre- vailing side." A motion to recon- sider, he states, =can be made only at the same meeting..." "Dr. Mathews made the motion after I was turned down~ on his motion to remove a hold on building a new high school. "Dr. Mathews had voted against building (a new) high school twice before this and yet he turns around and makes the motion that we remove the hold." Dillon said only after he askedifit mattered who made the motion. "Yes," Lilly said, "but I didn't want a Board fight. You stated that night that you thought I was right but you went along with Mr. Neely. Mathews explained that he was never against submitting a plan to build a new high school and that his vote was against other elements included in the plan. "I have always beenin favor of a consolidated school. I voted against it the first time be- Finally, I must thank the major- ity members of the present board for acting so quickly and responsibly to accept my resignation. But fellows, the call meeting was unnecessary. The only reason I made my resigna- tion effective the end of September was, not to change my mind or keep you wondering, but to give me time tocomplete the loose ends and trans- fer my responsibili ties smoothly and efficiently. The special rneeting was, regardless of the cries of the Board to the contrary, a complete waste of time and money. One Board member (at the meeting last Thurs- day) told how they were great lead- ers and were #looking at the big picture~ (a new concept for them). The meeting saved the county my salary and only cost $400. But that $400 could also have been used bet- ter too, and the Board neglected to mention how many thousands of dollars could have been saved had they looked at the "big picture~ ear. lier in personnel decisions. But I do appreciate their concern for the county system and my wishes to resign! In the past 16years, I have learned much. I've ]earned much education- ally; I learned a lot about school politics; I've learned much about human nature; and I've learned a lot about bitterness and hate. And I know that people and schools cannot long survive, nor properly function, under the stress of such bitterness and hate. I am desperately trying to leave this school system in a positive manner without hard or bitter feel- ings, and with God's help I'll be able to do that. My prayer is that all of us will reali ze the futility of continuing in the way we have for the past several years, and that some day the education of our boys and girls will be the foremost thought in our minds and the motivating factor of our actions. Again, a final thanks to all of you with wishes for a good school year and a pledge of my continued sup- port in any way I can help. From Page 1 wasteful. It would be much more efficient to have an assistant principal with 6 hours a day at the Hinton High School. We have 24 vacant slots out there today. That means 24 hours a day some teacher is doing a job- - - It would be much more efficient to have an assistant principal 6 hours a day to perform the necessary du- ties instead of about 6 teachers being pulled from the classroom. This has created over crowded conditions. It is not belittling to expect the person in charge to take care of things such as checking for reasonable class size. W~en this year started do you know how many (students) were in one of the study halls out there? 140 stu- dents! It is part of the job to know what is going on in the various schools in the county. There are not tha t m any to see abou t anym ore. We added three teachers to the Hinton High School staff. This means we should have picked up the teaching of 18 classes, three teachers times six hours a day. That's good usage of money. How many did we pick up? I don't know. But I do know that it is not wise to have 38 to 40 students in 7th and 8th grade classes year after year. Many students get lost at this stage in their education. Another question that I've got, and we may be getting a grievance on that. Why can't we put someone that has applied for the substitute list on the list instead of inviting a Civil Rights suit that will cost us a lot of money to defend. These are some of my concerns. Not one of these concerns should be construed to be a personal thing. I cause you wanted to close every ele- don't think it is personal. People mentary school in the county but elected me to ask questions up here. one. Thereason I putit up for review If I eat here like a knot on alog what is because I wanted the people to good would I be? You might as well know what was happening." get Charlie McCarthy up here. These Neely said when he was in Char- are the legitimate concerns of an leston earlier he attended a 3 hour elected official that wants to see class on parliamentary law, although Summers County children get the he could not say who taught the best we can give them. The big class, and that he called Lilly out of icture- it s not that $400. The big orderbasedon whathelearnedfrom ficture is the children's educatior " D'RIV " the instructor. ~It wasn't againstPIPEsTEM E- IN you or anyone else," Nee]y said, =it's parliamentary procedure, I didn't write Robert's Rules of Order." "But you were wrong!" Lilly said. =If you know more than Howard Seufer I humbly bow to you. I can get more proOf then that! You still think you were right and you were dead wrong," He told Neely. Four roof bids were approved. A bid from Southland Roofing in the amount of $28,200 for Hinton High School. Alderon Roofing was given the contract for the Talcott Ele., $12,920; Talcott Jr. High, $16,725 and the Career Center, $12,900. The money for the work will come from an award of $286,000 from the State's School Builcling Authority. RL 20 SPEEDWAY Ph. 384-7382 FLEA MKT EVERY SUNDAY ADM. FRI.- SATe, $3.00 PERSON SUN. $5.00 CAR LOAD Sept. 21-22-23 Rated PG-13 Rated R ATTENTION: ALL RETIRED SCHOOL EMPLOYEES CORRECTION: The 1990-91 membership dues are now being accepted by the Summers County Association of Retired School Employees. State dues are $5.00 annually. County dues are $2.00 annually. CORRECTION: Associate membership is open to anyone interested in education. Associate dues are: State dues $5.00 annually and County dues are $2.00 annually. Please make checks payable to: S C A R S E and mail to Marilyn Faulkner, 202 Riverside Drive, Hinton, W. Vs. 25951. Doris Yates - Membership Chair. man Clara Burton - Co- Chairman. A.A.R.P. The A.A.R.P. Summers County Chapter will meet on Sept. 21st in the Community Room at 1:30 P.M. at the Hinton House. Asking all members please at- tend and visitors and friends are always welcome. We are not sure if there will be a speaker at this meeting. We hope so. Refreshments will be served to ev- eryone after the meeting. President Mrs. Nell Miller HHS CLASS OF 1980 TEN YEAR REUNION Any member of the HHS Class of 1980 who is interested in attending the 10 year reunion, being held Oct, 27, at Willow Wood Country Club, should call Melonie Cole Butler at 466-3824 after 4 p.m. daily. The planning committee was unable to obtain all addresses. If you or anyone you know didn't receive a reservation letter, please contact me at the number listed above. If possible, please call to confirm your reserv.ations no later than Oct. 10. PUBLIC NOTICE The Summers County Commis- sion will hold a public hearing at a regular commission meeting begin- ning at 1:00 p.m. on Oct. 1, 1990 to hear comments Ibr or against the proposed establishment of a salvage yard to be located on County Rt. 17/ 1 on the Marie - Ballengee Road, approximately 2 miles from Marie. Summers County Commission Helen Mock-Hedrick, President BLUEFIELD MUSICAL CONCERT Jim and Jane Lemmons - Pres- ent: Bluefield Musical Concert Thurs. Oct. 4 at 7:00 P.M. at the Brushfork Armory, Route 52, Blue- field, WV. Appearing: The Hoppers, Anita & David, Heavenbound, and The Nelons. General admission: Adult $5.00 Children under 12 years FREE. For more information call-(304) 327-6008 or (304) 487-9098. Doors open 5:00 P.M. BPW TO MEET The Hinton Business and Profes- sional Women's Club will meet at 100 Ballengee St, at 6:30 P.M. on Sept. 27. The dinner will be catered by The Upper Crust. All members are invited. SUPPORT GROUP The Beckley Center for Independ- ent Living (BCIL) will hold its Head Injury Support Group Meeting at the Heritage House Restaurant on Valley Drive in Beckley on Sept. 20 at 6 PM. For more information call Maria Harris at 255-0122. PUBLIC HEALTH SCREENING The Humane Seniors Association and Humane Hospital Greenbrier Valley are sponsoring a public health screening on Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Hinton Senior Center. Members of the HUMANA SEN- IOR ASSOCIATION will receive FREE cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar screening. NON- MEMBERS will be charged a $4.00 Fee. Individuals desiring to enroll in the Humana Seniors Association that day, will receive a complimen- tary testing! For further information, call Missy Harris, RN, Seniors Advisor, Humana Seniors Association, at 647- 6069, or the Hinton Senior Center at 466-4019. WE CARE ABOUT YOUR HEALTH BOARD OF HEALTH During the board of health meet- ing on Aug. 30, it was decided that the following meeting dates would meet at 1:00 p.m. at the health de- partment: Nov. 29, Mar. 28, 1991, May 16, 1991, and June 6, 1991. SUPPORT GROUP The Blind and Visually Impaired Support Group will meet on Sept. 24, from 5 - 7 PM at the Beckley Center for Independent Living, 329 Prince St. For more information contact Sharon Minor at 255-0122 or 1-800- 545- BCIL. Topic: Self-confidence. Ladies Auxiliary Meets The Ladies Auxiliary to the Vet- erans of World War I, Barracks No. 3336 met in the Memorial Building on Sept. 7, at 3: o'clock. The meeting was called to order by President h'ene Lilly and Prayer by Marguerite Higgenbotham and American flag was led in unison by Helen Turman. We had a Memorial Service fdr Mrs. Lula Mabel Meador. Prayer closed the meeting by Marguerite Higgenbotham. Those present for the meeting were: Irene Lilly, Marguerite Hig- genbotham, and Helen Turman. III I MEADOW BRIDGE RT. 20 SOUTH 484-7878 Sept. 21-22-23 AIR AMERICA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE The Summers County Republi- can Executive Committee will have their monthly meeting Tues. Sept. 25th at 6 P.M. at 284 1/2 Main St. Hinton. All republicans are urged to at- tend. $3.00 Per Person Show Starts at Dusk auran 400 Front Street ' 466-1600 ours: 11 am - 2pro &4 pm - 7 Serving Sandwiches, Subs, Salads, Pizza, Calzone, Homemade Soups and Chili. ecial - Lar $7.99 5..00 " elzver ~' ' III I IIII III II II I ' I I ~ ~ I ~` will be at 7:00 P.M. Equal Opportunity Employer