KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education is poised to approve a new PRO officer at Frankfort High School and retain the current officer at Keyser High School when they meet Tuesday in regular session.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education is poised to approve a new PRO officer at Frankfort High School and retain the current officer at Keyser High School when they meet Tuesday in regular session.
According to the agenda released by the board, superintendent of schools Shawn Dilly is expected to recommend the approval of Vince Shambaugh as the new officer at Frankfort.
If approved, he will be replacing Kam Jeffries, who retired at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
In addition, if approved, Forrest “Buddy” Ellifritz will return as the officer at Keyser.
Approval of the two PRO officers was on the agenda for the board’s Aug. 7 meeting, but the board members were not provided with the officers’ names.
Sheriff Jeremy Taylor told the Mineral County Commission later that he had provided the names to Dilly, but the superintendent was absent from the Aug. 7 BOE meeting.
“I’m concerned we’re being asked to place PRO officers in the schools without knowing who they are,” board member Rob Woy said at the time.
“I agree; we should have the names,” Terry Puffinburger said.
During the discussion, financial officer Rhonda Martin had noted that the grant funding for the officers had also not come through yet.
According to the commissioners, however, applications for the JAG grant were late in being distributed, and the commissioners just this week approved the resolution to apply for funding.
The board postponed the approval vote for the officers until Tuesday’s meeting.
Also on the agenda is the superintendent’s goals for 2018-2019, in addition to a number of personnel placements and more.
The meeting gets underway at 6 p.m. in the administrative offices, 36 Baker St., Keyser.