KEYSER - Mary Jane Baniak was administered the oath of office Tuesday evening as she accepted the vacant seat on the Mineral County Board of Education.


By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Mary Jane Baniak was administered the oath of office Tuesday evening as she accepted the vacant seat on the Mineral County Board of Education.
Baniak, who is also a candidate for the board of education in the May 8 primary election, will complete the unexpired term of Kevin Watson, who resigned from his position in January.
Board president Rob Woy told the crowd gathered for Tuesday’s regular BOE meeting that the board members had interviewed four candidates for the vacant seat in an executive session held during their Feb. 6 meeting, and Baniak “seemed to represent the district the best.”
Since Watson was the board’s lone representative of the Frankfort District, anyone chosen to fulfill his unexpired term had to live in the same district.
“Coincidentally, Woy said, “all four candidates (for the vacant seat) are running for District 3” in the upcoming election.
Saying he is “very pleased to see four people funning for that district,” Woy called them “a very good field of candidates.”
Baniak will also replace Watson as the board’s representative on the WVU Extension Service.
Unlike other elected offices in the county, three new board members will be chosen by voters at the May 8 primary, and will take office on July 1 of this year.
Baniak’s term therefore ends of June 30.