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Boone County Schools Board of Education President Susa Kimbler listens to a presentation during a regular session on July 6.

BOONE COUNTY — The Boone County school board moved to enter into a contract with former superintendent Jeffrey W. Huffman during its regular session on July 6.

The contract will cover services rendered regarding a mentorship for current superintendent Lisa Beck, Ed.D. for the 2021-2022 school year that would be active from July 8, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

“It is quite common for someone in this new position that we have a mentor, so we’re looking at a contract with Mr. Huffman at $50 per hour not to exceed 200 hours for this school year to mentor Dr. Beck,” said President Susan Kimbler.”

Board member Barry Brown inquired about the length of the contract and was assured that it was specific for the upcoming school year.

“It is something that is common,” Kimbler said. “Commonly known.”

There was no further discussion regarding the contract, and it was approved as part of the consent agenda.

Huffman resigned his seat in Boone County, with his last day on the job logged on March 3.

He is currently under contract with Lincoln County Schools through Sept. 30, at a rate of $500 per day.

In other business, Rob Nelson will serve a one-year term and Barry Brown a two-year term on the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s joint administrative board.

The board moved to revise the Virtual Education Program Policy specific to students in grades 6-12.

“Last year, because of the pandemic, we were mandated to offer virtual school k-12,” said Beck.

“After going through that school year, the state department sent out guidance that virtual school should not be offered to elementary students. Our policy has changed from where it said K-12; it now says 6-12,”

Other changes to the policy can be found at

Additionally, the board entered executive session regarding a personnel issue but took no action.

In other Boone County Schools business, the BOE approved the following:

  • Audiology services for 2021-2022 for $23,235.29 with funding coming from the Department of Exceptional Children.
  • A bid from Tic Toc Tire (undisclosed amount)
  • A bid from Matheny Motors (undisclosed amount) for motor oil for the 2021-2022 school year
  • A bid from Bias Excavating for a paving project at Van High School for $11,900

Boone County Board of Education’s meeting schedule can be found at

The board meets at 6 p.m. at its chambers in the operations complex in Foster. The next meeting is scheduled for July 19.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.

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