WINFIELD — Three members were sworn in Monday, marking the beginning of their new terms on the Putnam County Board of Education.
Board members Wade Neal, R. Calvin Damron II and Rob Cunningham were officially sworn in to serve on the board.
Neal and Damron are newcomers on the board and Cunningham will be serving his second full term.
Neal is a graduate of Hurricane High School and Marshall University. He graduated from Marshall with a degree in education and spent one year as a long-term substitute at the Putnam County Career and Technical Center in Eleanor. Neal left his job with Putnam County Schools and started with Parkline Buildings in Eleanor.
Damron is a Mingo County native. He attended both West Virginia and Marshall universities, and graduated from Marshall in 1997 with a bachelor’s of business administration in finance. He has children who attend school in Hurricane.
Cunningham was first appointed to the school board to fill a vacant position in October 2013, and successfully ran to keep the seat the following year. He lives in Winfield where his children also attend school.
Board members also elected a board president and vice president for the next year. Cunningham was selected as president and board member Bruce Knell will serve as vice president.
Also at the meeting Monday, board members voted to adopt changes to five policies — including the county grading policy.
Superintendent John Hudson previously said all high schools statewide will be required to follow the new scale, effective July 1, after a decision from the West Virginia State School Board in January.
The existing statewide grading scale says 0-64 is an F, 65-74 is a D, 75-84 is a C, 85-92 is a B and 93-100 is an A. Effective July 1, 0-59 will be an F, 60-69 a D, 70-79 a C, 80-89 a B and 90-100 an A.
“We had discretion at the elementary level,” Hudson said previously. “We felt we needed to keep it the same [as the high school] to be consistent throughout.”
The board had two previous readings regarding each of the policy changes, Hudson said, and no public comment was made regarding the changes.
The next Putnam County Board of Education meeting will be held at 7 p.m. July 16 in Winfield.