KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education voted 3-0 recently to switch from a purchase order system to “P” cards for all principals in the county.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - The Mineral County Board of Education voted 3-0 recently to switch from a purchase order system to “P” cards for all principals in the county.
Superintendent Shawn Dilly recommended the switch, noting that many businesses no longer accept purchase orders.
In addition, the use of the P cards will generate some revenue for the county.
“We’re trying to look for ways we can be more efficient and to generate revenues,” Dilly said. “Other counties that have embraced the P cards have received good paybacks.”
When board member Tom Denne asked if switching to the system wouldn’t mean “a lot more credit cards” to keep track of in the central office, Rhonda Martin, chief business official and treasurer for the county school system, replied that “our intent is for each school to have a card.
“To have one in the hands of each teacher would be just an insane amount of work.”
“The cards would be issued to the principals,” Dilly confirmed, adding that, “I’ve used the cards in other counties I’ve worked in, and they worked very smoothly.”
Dilly said there would be a limit on each card - just like a regular credit card - and everything is accountable to the administrative office.
“Is there training in how to use the cards?” board president Kevin Watson asked.
“Yes; it’s required,” Dilly replied.
The recommendation to switch to the cards was passed 3-0, with board members Rob Woy and William Ludwick absent from the meeting.
Other local governments have also gone to the purchase card, or “P” card, system, including the Mineral County Commission and several of the munipalities.