KEYSER - Keyser High School principal Mike Lewis this week presented the Mineral County Board of Education with a check for $26,886.51 toward the school's annual loan payment for the athletic complex.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - Keyser High School principal Mike Lewis this week presented the Mineral County Board of Education with a check for $26,886.51 toward the school’s annual loan payment for the athletic complex.
Board president Kevin Watson said he would like to see the school step up its game, however, and be able to take a larger chunk out of the annual $279,000 payment.
Ever since 2009, when then-principal Charles Wimer told the board the school would be unable to make the total payment, the board of education has been making up the difference, with the understanding that KHS would eventually repay the county.
This week, Watson told Lewis the $26,000 “was the lowest check yet” that the board has received since that time.
Lewis has just finished his second year as principal at KHS, and the board agreed to not push the fund raising issue until he got settled in to the position.
They told him last December, however, that they wanted him to provide them with some specifics as to how he plans to raise funds.
“I know you inherited this,” Watson said this week. “But do you have a goal set for next year?”
“No … we’re just going to be doing the best we can,” Lewis replied.
Watson told Lewis that the board had once set a goal for Wimer, and he not only met it, but was able to exceed it.
“I asked Charlie once if he had a goal and he said no. So we set one for him at $100,000,” he said. “He raised over $100,000.”
Board member Rob Woy also reminded Lewis that the final loan payment, which comes due next June, is $237,000.
Woy also asked for a rundown of how the school had raised the $26,886 which Lewis presented this week.
Lewis will provide that to superintendent Shawn Dilly.