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ROCK CREEK — Bloomingrose business owner Jimmy Craig was named the replacement for retired Boone County School Board member Joe Tagliente during a regular meeting on May 17.

Craig’s was the only application for the vacant District 1 seat received by the school system, according to interim Superintendent Lisa Beck, Ed.D.

Craig will serve the remainder of Tagliente’s unexpired term from June 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Craig is the president of Tyler Trucking CO., LLC and The Country Store of Seth, among other local business interests. He has engaged in various philanthropic efforts for over two decades within Boone County.

Craig did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.

“I don’t know him personally, but I have heard a lot of great things,” said President Susan Kimbler. “He’s a big supporter of the community in the Sherman area.”

In other business during the meeting, Boone County Schools celebrated its employees, naming its service personnel and teacher of the year winners, along with recognizing all of the candidates.

Scott High math teacher Teresa Duty was named “Teacher of the Year” and Brookview cafeteria manager Diana Castle was honored as the “Service Personnel of the Year.”

On May 18, their applications were entered into the statewide pool for West Virginia honors in the same categories.

Superintendent Beck said Duty’s work at Scott High School is widely regarded as exceptional.

A letter of recommendation from a student was shared with attendees. In part, the letter said; “She’s a passionate teacher who teaches with her whole heart. She ensures that each student has the help they need whether that be tutoring, school supplies (and more). This individual incorporates numerous activities in their lessons to accommodate different styles of learning and throughout the course of remote learning on the Schoology platform, Mrs. Duty continues to deliver high quality lessons and hand-written notes that were updated daily.”

Beck noted, in part, Castle’s dedication to her career.

“They assist not only the school but all of the students,” she said. “They assist so much with helping others with their expertise. Diana is one of the key ingredients in our school communities.”

Teacher candidates additionally included:

Jerriann Cocheran —

  • Sherman High/English and Language Arts
  • Angela Halstead — Sherman Jr. High/Multi-Cat/Autism
  • Karen Rollo — Sherman Elementary/Grade 5
  • Bretta Kuhn — Brookview Elementary/Grade 5
  • Samantha Tulley — Van Elemementary/Grade 3
  • Ashley Fitzwater — Ashford-Rumble Elementary/Multi-Cat/Autism
  • Robert Miller — BCTC/Travel and Tourism
  • Eva Warner — Ramage Elementary/Pre-K

Service personnel candidates additionally included:

  • Mark Gillispie — Sherman Jr. High/Custodian
  • Rebecca Vint — Sherman Elementary/Instructional Aide
  • Pamela Clay — Madison Middle/Cafeteria Manager
  • Patti Jo Miller — Sherman High/Custodian
  • Trexy Williams — Scott High/Custodian
  • Debbie Duffey — Van Elementary/Secretary
  • Gregory Scott Parsley — Scott area/Bus Operator

Kimbler expressed appreciation for all of the candidates and the winners during the ceremony.

“On behalf of the board, we thank each of you that are here and we ask that you please accept our humble thank you for all that you’ve done for our students to keep our schools running and functioning through this (COVID-19) pandemic,” said Kimbler.

The Boone County Board of Education’s meeting schedule can be found at boonecountyboe.org. The board meets at 6 p.m. at its chambers in the operations complex in Foster.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.

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