The Ohio County Board of Education was standing room only during their Monday meeting, and most in attendance were passionate about the future of Ohio County Schools.
The Ohio County Board of Education opted not to reconsider Dr. Dianna Vargo’s contract for renewal. Whether in favor of the change, or hoping to keep the status quo, the audience was far from quiet tonight at the Ohio County Board of Education.
“You know that’s unfortunate because even though people are in discord about how they responded, the public’s not given the same response from them. And even to the superintendent who’s dedicated 34 years of her life to the system. It’s a respect issue and that ultimately means a lot,” said Zach Abraham, Ohio County Schools parent and school board candidate.
The tense meeting was packed with parents, community members, and students. Many were there in support of keeping Dr. Vargo, like Triadelphia Middle School student body president Emily Croft.
“Not a lot of kids understand what’s happening, but I think what’s happening is wrong, and she should be our superintendent,” said Emily Croft.
Others were there because they are concerned why the December 29th vote happened without warning, or an explanation for the public.
“No matter what they think of Dr. Vargo that’s not the point. The point is until tonight they’ve never explained why they did it and what’s required,” said Denny Stephan of Wheeling.
“I’ve always taken the position, some people may not like Dr. Vargo in terms of her management style or her leadership style but aside from all that it’s the respect factor so, I think the public really needs to understand what’s going on here, and you have to see it to believe it quite frankly,” said Abraham.
Some teachers made their case that they are in support of the change but feel afraid to voice their opinions for fear of retaliation. As the dust settles, the focus should be on moving forward for Ohio County students.
“I’m hoping that we can come to a conclusion, that the county comes to a conclusion that benefits all the students,” said Jackie Shriver, a teacher in Ohio County schools.