KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education members once again found themselves struggling with the idea of adding employee positions to a system that is already over the number of positions allowed to be funded by the state.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education members once again found themselves struggling with the idea of adding employee positions to a system that is already over the number of positions allowed to be funded by the state.
During their July 10 meeting, the board members were asked by superintendent Shawn Dilly to approve two custodial transfers - one from Keyser Middle School to Keyser High School and one from Frankfort Middle School to Keyser High School - and to advertise to fill the positions those two employees would leave open.
At that time, however, board president Kevin Watson asked if there was really a need for both positions at KHS.
“We’re about 25 positions over in service personnel; are we able to abolish one of these?” he asked.
Watson also noted that there are more custodial positions at Keyser than Frankfort.
The members therefore put the vote off until this week’s meeting, when they could discuss the need for the position with director of support services Kenny Baker.
Tuesday, Baker was present for the meeting, when the positions were brought back up.
Baker told the board members that Keyser High has more space than Frankfort, and the positions were configured so that “all the schools are about 20,000 square feet per custodian.”
“So you’re looking me in the eye and saying we need these positions to keep Keyser High School running?” Watson asked.
“Yes,” Baker replied.
It was also noted that the one position to be advertised will consist of a shorter contract that the position the employee is transferring to - which will represent a savings.
Board member Lara Courrier therefore made a motion to approve the positions, and William Ludwick seconded it. The motion passed 5-0.
In another personnel matter, the board voted unanimously following a lengthy closed-door hearing to terminate the employment of assistant director of support services and transportation Nathan Fisher.