Harrison County Board of Education Approves Personnel for Upcoming School Year

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — With just a little over a week before the start of the school year, the Harrison County Board of Education met Tuesday to make sure they have staff in place to welcome back students.

“What we’re trying to do now is just make sure everybody’s in place, all personnel in place, we have teachers in place and service personnel in place as we prepare for next Thursday as 11,000 students will be arriving,” Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin said.

One of the more high-profile positions filled Tuesday went to Susan Ferrell, who will become the new principal at Washington Irving Middle School.

“She’ll be starting soon as the new principal, so we’re excited about that,” Manchin said.

A full list of those approved can be read here.

Not all open positions have been filled at of Wednesday, but Manchin hopes to take remedy that with another scheduled meeting for the board on Friday.

Besides new faces, Manchin said students can expect upgrades to schools and facilities.

“New web pages as it relates to technology,” he explained. “Handheld devices, we’re going to start in one or two schools and we’re going to see if we can’t get every student in the county a new handheld device so that they can do some of their work.”

As the school year gets underway, Manchin said they’ll be working on implementing a variety of new programs to help students learn.