KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education will be meeting early tonight to appoint a new board member prior to going into a work session on personnel.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education will be meeting early tonight to appoint a new board member prior to going into a work session on personnel.
The board has had an empty seat since January, when Kevin Watson resigned his position, citing a desire to spend more time with his family as the reason.
The board immediately advertised for persons interested in filling Watson’s unexpired term, from Feb. 20-June 30, and interviewed four candidates in executive session during their Feb. 6 meeting.
The agenda for tonight’s meeting does not give the name of the candidate to be considered for approval.
Assuming the candidate will be approved, he or she will immediately be administered the oath of office and the board will then begin a work session on personnel planning.
Work sessions are open to the public, but no official action can be taken.
According to the agenda, the meeting will begin with the appointment of the new board member at 5 p.m., and they hope to resume the regular meeting following the work session at approximately 6:30 p.m.
Among the items on the regular agenda are the possible appointment of an assistant principal at Keyser Primary School. During the Feb. 6 meeting, assistant principal Lisa Goldstrom was moved up to principal, following principal Barbara Kesner’s previous appointment to the county-wide position of director of curriculum and instruction for pre-k, Head Start, and elementary.
Also on the agenda for tonight’s meeting is the possible approval of a resolution to support Mineral County School District employees in the midst of ongoing statewide controversy over certain legislative actions, including pay raises and seniority.
The  meeting is open to the public and is held at the administrative offices at 1 Baker Place.