Justin Dilley Resigns from Pocahontas Board of Education

In the first part of our July 30, 2019 Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting, we covered Assistant State School Superintendent Kathy D’Antoni’s informational address to the Board Members about Technical High schools and a new approach to teaching technical curriculums.

Now, here is the what else happened at this Board Meeting.

The first thing the Board did after opening the meeting, was to vote to accept Board Member Justin Dilley’s resignation from the Board. Dilley was required to resign since he has been hired as a full-time Science Teacher at Pocahontas County High school. Later, during this meeting, the Board voted to approve a personnel agenda which included Justin Dilley’s hiring as a teacher. Justin had been elected to the Board of Education in May of 2018, and took his seat on the Board in July, 2018.

Related to this, Terrance Beam requested that we include their vacancy announcement to replace Dilley as the Northern District Board Member, so here it is:

“The Pocahontas County Board of Education is currently seeking a permanent resident of the Northern District of Pocahontas County to fill the recently vacated seat held by Justin Dilley.  The term will be effective from September 10, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Letters of application are due no later than 12:00 on Friday, August 16, 2019 and applicants must be available for possible interviews on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 beginning at 4:00.

Eligibility requirements of a county board member can be found in WV Code 18-5-1a

Please submit your letter of interest to:

Terrence C. Beam, Superintendent of Schools 404 Old Buckeye Road Buckeye, WV 24924”

Actions taken by the Board at this meeting included:

  • Authorizing payment of vender claims totaling $112,414.99
  • Authorizing payment of Local Government Purchasing Card charges in the amount of $13,132.46.
  • They approved a list of School Support Organizations authorized to conduct fundraisers during the upcoming school Year.
  • They accepted the bid from Woodford Oil for diesel, gasoline, and #2 heating oil from August, 15, 2019 through July 31, 2020, with the prices based on the Marathon rack price at the Roanoke Terminal.
  • They approved rolling over last year’s bids from Broughton Foods and Flowers Baking Company to the current school year.
  • They approved a bid from Tri-County Wholesale Company to purchase fruits and vegetables during the upcoming school year.
  • They approved the Summary Schedule of Revenues and Expenditures on a Cash Basis through the Month of June, 2019.
  • The Board approved employee payrolls for July 8th and July 22nd and extra Duty Pay for the Month of July.
  • They approved Casey Griffith and Jennifer Nail-Cook to attend a professional development workshop in Reston, Virginia from July 29th through July 31st. This is paid for by Math4Life funds.
  • They approved Andrea J. Sharp, a resident of Randolph County to enroll her son in the Pocahontas County Schools for the upcoming school year.
  • They approved a contract with Diana Smith, a School Psychologist for the upcoming school year, and an agreement with School Days Child Care who will provide pre-school services for up to 20 children this school year.
  • They approved three policies: The Personnel Records Policy; the Parent Involvement Policy; and the Critical Need/shortage Substitute Teacher Policy.
  • They approved Service and Professional Personnel actions which can be found at the end of this story on our website- alleghenymountainradio.org.

During the Matters of the Board portion of the meeting, John Burns complemented Justin Dilley’s service as a Board Member, and wished him the best in his teaching career. Sue Hollandsworth pointed out that she looked over the Advanced Placement curriculums for the upcoming year, and was disappointed in the History-Government and Politics curriculum because it is not challenging enough to prepare students for the Advanced Placement Test. Joe Walker pointed out that they need to replace Justin Dilley on the Board at the August 20th meeting in order to send the new member to training in September.


Personnel Actions Approved at the July 30, 2019 Board of Education Meeting

  • Dustin K. Lambert resigned as Principal at Marlinton Middle School effective August 5, 2019
  • Vada B. Boback was employed as a Mathematics Teacher at Marlinton Middle School effective for the upcoming school year
  • Justin M. Dilley was employed as a Science Teacher at PCHS effective for the upcoming school year
  • Rachel McComb was employed as an Itinerant Special Education Teacher, assigned to Marlinton Elementary School effective foe the upcoming school year


Story By

Tim Walker

Tim is the WVMR News Reporter. Tim is a native of Maryland who started coming to Pocahontas County in the 1970’s as a caver. He bought land on Droop Mountain off Jacox Road in 1976 and built a small house there in the early 80’s. While still working in Maryland, Tim spent much time at his place which is located on the Friars Hole Cave Preserve. Retiring in 2011 as a Lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Maryland, Tim finally took the plunge and moved from Maryland to his real home on Droop Mountain. He began working as the Pocahontas County Reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio in January of 2015.

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