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December 6, 2012

Current teachers get priority at new KPS

Mineral holds vote on personnel

KEYSER, W.Va. —  Mineral County school personnel voted to grant existing service personnel and teachers  priority on filling positions at the new Keyser Primary School and at the renovated Keyser Middle School, according to the priority vote results provided by Susan Grady, director of personnel services.

School service personnel assigned to Keyser Pre-K/Head Start Center and Keyser Primary/Middle School will be given priority to fill the positions at the schools. Of the votes cast for service personnel, 139 voted for priority and 67 voted against priority, according to the results.

Also, priority was given for teachers at Keyser Pre-K/Head Start Center and kindergarten through fourth-grade teachers at KPMS to fill positions at the new Keyser Primary School. Fifth- through eighth-grade teachers at KPMS and fifth-grade teachers from New Creek, Elk Garden and Burlington primary schools will be given priority to fill positions at the renovated middle school.

Of the votes cast for professional personnel, 253 voted for priority and 17 voted against priority.

Secret ballot votes were conducted Tuesday during a special meeting of each faculty senate. The two separate priority votes were required by state code and are subject to approval by the West Virginia Board of Education.

It is anticipated that Keyser Pre-K/Head Start Center and KPMS will close at the end of this school year, according to the ballot.

Fifth-grade students from New Creek, Elk Garden and Burlington will be transferred to the renovated Keyser Middle School.

Construction on the new $13.5 million primary school, which will house prekindergarten through fourth grade, began on June 11.

The most senior service personnel from the closed schools will have priority in filling any position in their classification category, according to the code.

Then, the second most senior service personnel have priority in filling remaining vacancies, and so on, until all remaining vacancies are filled.

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