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Board offers contract to Friebel

by Darlene J. Taylor

STAFF WRITER

The Harrison County Board of Education offered Superintendent Carl Friebel a one-year contract renewal with a $3,000 raise on Tuesday.

The offer came during a closed session on personnel matters at the end of the board's regular meeting Tuesday evening. The offer comes after several weeks of speculation as Friebel's current contract expires in little more than a month.

Friebel, who has worked his way up through the local system over the past 29 years, said he will take some time to consider the contract.

"They offered me a one-year contract at $86,500. It's a career-type decision. I certainly want to discuss it with my wife before making the decision," Friebel said.

He did not indicate when he would announce his decision.

Board President Sally Cann said the board unanimously voted to renew Friebel's contract.

"We hope that he accepts and look forward to another year with Dr. Friebel," said Cann.

If Friebel refuses the contract, he would resign and return to his former job as an administrative assistant.

In other action:

--The proposed budget for 2001-2002 was approved following a presentation by Sharon Haddix, school treasurer.

However, approval of salary schedules was tabled after James Bennett voiced opposition to the fact that some administrators will receive a $12,000 raise while teachers and service personnel will only receive $700 and $600 raises, respectively.

This legislative action will be investigated further and discussed at the next meeting.

-- Special recognition was given to students receiving West Virginia All-State Band, Chorus, Orchestra and Choir honors.

-- The County Concert Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Rene Wyatt, gave a lively performance for the board and guests.

-- A revision of the county Tobacco Policy was discussed. Increased fines and a community service component for possession and use of tobacco products by minors to be processed by the magistrate were addressed.

It was noted that John Scott, Harrison County prosecutor, gave assurance in advance that he would work with law enforcement agencies and magistrates to assist with enforcement.

Particulars of the Tobacco Policy will be announced before the next school year begins.

-- Approved various payments, travel study, budget supplements and meeting dates for the remainder of the calendar year.

-- Personnel recommendations for professional and service positions were considered and/or approved in a closed session at the conclusion of the meeting.

Staff writer Darlene Taylor can be reached at 626-1442 or by e-mail at dtaylor@exponent-telegram.com.

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