KEYSER - In addition to deciding not to run for re-election to the Mineral County Board of Education, Kevin Watson has also stepped down from the remainder of his present term on the board.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - In addition to deciding not to run for re-election to the Mineral County Board of Education, Kevin Watson has also stepped down from the remainder of his present term on the board.
Watson, whose resignation as interim head football coach at  Frankfort High School was accepted during Tuesday night’s board meeting, had announced to the News Tribune earlier this week that he had chosen not to run for another term on the board.
During Tuesday’s meeting, however, he also announced he was resigning from the board, saying his decisions were based on wanting to spend more time with his family.
“Driving in the snow Tuesday night gave me a lot of time to think,” he said Thursday, adding that he had also talked things over the night before with his family.
His decision to resign Tuesday night came just in time for the board to be able to get someone in place to fill his seat until his term expires on June 30.
“Tuesday was the last possible date for me to resign” and have someone fill me seat, Watson said.
Watson also hopes getting someone new on the board will help
drum up some interest in serving on the board - especially in his district.
He said he had been a bit concerned because as of Tuesday, no one had come forth to run for any seat on the board, much less his seat as the sole representative of the Frankfort District.
He hopes that the board can get someone in his seat soon and give him or her a chance to get their feet wet.
“I’d like for them to have the same opportunity I had 12 1/2 years ago,” he said, referring to his appointment to the board when Frankfort District representative Keith Funkhouser resigned to take a job out of the area.
Watson completed Funkhouser’s unexpired term and then decided to run for election to the board.
“I just feel so blessed I had those few months,” he said, adding that it gave him time to get to know the job before asking people to vote for him.
Watson also said his decision to resign had nothing to do with any other members of the board - past or present.
“I have a lot of love and respect for everyone sitting around that table,” he said.
The board is currently asking anyone currently resigning in Watson’s district to submit a letter of interest in serving, along with their qualifications, to superintendent Shawn Dilly no later than 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25.
The board had 45 days to fill the vacancy.