By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian
Marion County Board of Education members approved Superintendent of Schools Gary Price’s request for the creation of two new professional positions at Monday’s meeting.
The two new positions are an automotive technology instructor at the Marion County Technical Center and a counselor at Monongah Elementary School.
“Monongah has needed a full-time guidance counselor for years,” Price said. “We have a lot of special needs students and students that have issues that need extra attention, so we certainly could use the expertise of a regular counselor who is onhand all the time to assist with those.”
Once that position is filled, Price said the majority of the schools in the county will employ a full-time counselor while Jayenne, White Hall and Pleasant Valley schools will share a full-time counselor, as will Fairview Elementary and Fairview Middle.
Also at the meeting, board members approved the grant application for a Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) Program, which is under the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services that places officers in West Virginia schools, increasing safety.
In addition, an open house at Fairmont Senior High School has been set from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 22, to put the school’s recent renovations on display.