Angelo Jiordano\r\n\r\nAllegheny Mountain Radio\r\n\r\nAt the May 5 Pocahontas County Board of Education meeting, board members accepted the resignation of newest board member Steve Tritapoe.\r\n\r\n\u201cI\u2019d just like to say a few words,\u201d Tritapoe said. \u201cJust a quick explanation, I was actually in the wrong district or precinct. I was in precinct 21. It was just an unfortunate mishap. I thank the County Clerk\u2019s office for finding the mistake and correcting it. Yeah, it\u2019s a shame that it happened, because I was really enjoying myself. But they did inform me that I am eligible to run in the fall if I choose, but I really just want to thank the board members and everybody. I really appreciate your all\u2019s help.\u201d\r\n\r\nBoard President Emery Grimes said it was a shame how the situation turned out, but the board had no other choice.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe new 911 lines is what showed up and caught it,\u201d Grimes explained. \u201cSo, it\u2019s no fault of Steve\u2019s or the Board of Education, and whenever they catch this, they have to change it. Several people have changed voting precincts because of the new 911.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe remaining board members voted unanimously to appoint Green Bank resident Suzanne Stewart to fill the remainder of Tritapoe\u2019s term.\r\n\r\n\u201cI just want to thank you all for the opportunity,\u201d Stewart said. \u201cI hope to bring some new ideas, hopefully not crazy ideas, but new ideas to the board. That\u2019s all.\u201d\r\n\r\nBoard considers\r\n\r\nsubstitute issue\r\n\r\nBoard members talked about the critical lack of substitute teachers in the school system. They said they were concerned that potential applicants are unsure of what they need to do to get a contract signed and get started, and the board talked about what they can do to streamline the hiring process.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhoever we got out here that has a packet, that we have approved,\u201d Grimes said, \u201clet\u2019s get a hold of these people and see if we can call them and walk them through this the first time and any new ones that we add to the list, let\u2019s walk them through the process so they understand how the process is.\u201d\r\n\r\nBechtel commends MES\r\n\r\nPocahontas County Schools Superintendent Dr. Donald Bechtel told board members he had a chance to sit in on a function at Marlinton Elementary recently.\r\n\r\n\u201cI wanted to recognize the Marlinton Elementary faculty,\u201d Bechtel said. \u201cThey had a portfolio evening last week where the children reviewed their portfolios with their parents. It was a faculty-combined effort, and it felt like it was well-received.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe Pocahontas County School Board of Education is scheduled to meet again Tuesday, May 27, at 7 p.m.