KEYSER - Mineral County Schools administrator Patricia Twigg may find herself back in the classroom next year, as she assumes the newly-reconfigured position of teaching principal at Fountain Primary.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - Mineral County Schools administrator Patricia Twigg may find herself back in the classroom next year, as she assumes the newly-reconfigured position of teaching principal at Fountain Primary.
When current FPS principal Roberta Unger announced she would be retiring at the end of the school year this year, the Mineral County Board of Education - at the request of superintendent Shawn Dilly - looked at changing the principalship to include teaching as well.
The proposal met with some concern from fellow educators in the county, with one asking if the move could be the beginning of a trend for the county.
Dilly’s answer to that question was yes, as the county looks for more cost-effective ways to operate its smaller schools - many of which continue to experience drops in enrollment.
“We’re trying to create some options down the road,” he said during a March board meeting.
“It allows us to operate smaller schools longer,” he said.
Wednesday, the board members unanimously approved Frankfort Middle School principal Twigg for the reconfigured position at Fountain. Board member Lara Courrier made the motion and Tom Denne seconded it.
Unger’s retirement becomes effective on June 30, and Twigg will step into the position on July 1.
The board will now advertise for the principal position at FMS.
Kevin Shupe is currently the vice principal.