KEYSER - With Kevin Watson stepping down as president of the Mineral County Board of Education as of Aug. 1, board member Rob Woy will take charge for the remainder of the fiscal year.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
@lizbeavers1
KEYSER - With Kevin Watson stepping down as president of the Mineral County Board of Education as of Aug. 1, board member Rob Woy will take charge for the remainder of the fiscal year.
Watson announced during the July 10 board meeting that he intended to step down to be able to devote more time as interim head football coach for Frankfort High School.
“I just think it’s not fair to the football program or to the board to not be able to give it all I can,” he said at the time.
Tuesday, Watson pointed out that, normally, if a president resigns or is unable to perform his duties, the vice president would move up to fill his position.
In the case of the board, however, vice president Lara Courrier said she felt she would not be able to devote the time to the position that the county deserves.
“I’ve given it a lot of thought,” she said. “I just feel I have a lot going on right now.”
Courrier noted that her son Jaiden is going to be a senior at Keyser High this year, and she wants to be able to devote as much time as possible to his last year in high school.
“Maybe, after graduation, I could revisit it,” she said.
Courrier did say, however, that she is “absolutely” willing to continue as vice president.
In terms of seniority on the board, Watson said the position would next fall to Dr. William Ludwick.
He, too, however said he didn’t feel he could devote the time necessary to the position due to his busy dental practice.
Noting that “everyone sitting around this table is very capable of taking the position,” Watson approached board member and former superintendent Rob Woy.
“Would you be willing?” Watson asked him.
“I will,” Woy replied.
Watson then made a motion to nominate Woy as president, and Courrier seconded it. The motion passed unanimously and Woy was administered the oath of office by board secretary Denise Bruno.
“I think it will be a really good relationship with you and Mr. Dilly,” Watson told Woy. “It will be a really good thing for the county.”
Woy said he “never aspired to be a board officer,” but he felt it was “the thing to do and I will do the best I can do.”
Woy will remain as president until June 30, 2018.