Cumberland Times-News

January 26, 2011

Mineral Board will not renew Hackworth’s contract

Emily Newman
Cumberland Times-News

— KEYSER, W.Va — After almost a 90-minute executive session Tuesday, the Mineral County Board of Education unanimously voted not to renew Superintendent Tilden “Skip” Hackworth’s four-year contract. His current contract will end on June 30, 2011.

“It is the board’s unanimous decision that the superintendent’s contract will not be renewed and will end June 30, 2011,” said Kevin Watson, president.

Hackworth’s contract was briefly discussed as being on the agenda at last week’s meeting, however, it was not listed on Tuesday night’s agenda and was the the only item discussed after the executive session ended.

None of the board members commented after the decision was handed down, and the meeting was promptly adjourned.

Hackworth took the position of superintendent of Mineral County schools in the summer of 2002.

One year before coming to Mineral County, Hackworth was the executive director of jobs for West Virginia Graduates program. Prior to that, he served as the superintendent of Pleasant County schools from 1998 to 2001, and from 1996 to 1997, he served as the superintendent of Calhoun County schools.

In the items leading up to the executive session, the board addressed Nick Boynovich’s proposal he made last week to institute a student incentive program, which includes rewarding students with money when they achieve good grades, or have good behavior.

“We’ve had this issue several times before,” said board member Terry LaRue, in reference to Boynovich presenting the idea in the past.

LaRue estimated that the program would cost $4.4 million dollars per year, if implemented in every Mineral County school.

“It’s just not something that’s feasible for us,” said Watson, adding that it would be better funded by a large company.

Craig Rotruck, board member, asked Boynovich if he had any children in school, and when Boynovich replied he did not, Rotruck thanked him.

“I’m going to thank you for bringing up ideas,” said Rotruck.

“From what I’ve heard here, I wasted my time,” said Boynovich.

Another issue presented included the termination of several contracts, however the majority of the board agreed that they did not have enough information on the subject and decided to table it until the next meeting.

“This is not something that we can take lightly” said board member Mary Aronhalt, also saying that it’s not only their salaries that will be affected, but that some of the employees would be losing benefits as well.

Emily Newman can be contacted at enewman@times-news.com.