By Jean A. Flanagan
“We have two complexes and two instructors. It’s time we looked at a new model. The current model is not sustainable.”
West Virginia University Reymann Memorial Farm Manager Jerry Yates provided the Hardy County Board of Education with, what he called, a compromise.
The board has proposed combining the Moorefield Middle School Agriculture Education position with the East Hardy Early Middle School Agriculture Education position. The teacher would teach at EHEMS in the morning and MMS in the afternoon. The change would eliminate one part-time Ag Education position and add an Ag Education class for 6th grade at EHEMS.
A standing-room-only audience attended the Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 6. Several members of the public also attended the Reduction In Force hearing held on Wednesday, March 1 addressing the same subject.
“We have an unusual situation,” Yates said. “At Moorefield, there is a strong Ag Education and FFA presence at the middle school, but the high school is struggling.