Adams tapped to lead West Jeff school board in 2021

(Posted Jan. 13, 2021)

By Linda Dillman, Staff Writer

The new year brought changes to the Jefferson Local school board with the end of David Harper’s long tenure as president and the start of new leadership.

Melissa Adams was elected as board president on Jan. 11 after having previously served as vice president, and Mike Quinn stepped into the vice president seat. Harper remains as the liaison to Tolles Career and Technical Center, and Whitney Duemmel volunteered to serve as legislative liaison.

Adams joined the West Jefferson community more than a decade ago and is a volunteer with the West Jefferson Youth Athletic Association and Jefferson Local high school and middle school athletics.

She was elected to the school board in November 2017. Her current term runs to the end of 2021. Quinn’s current term is up at the end of 2023.

Following the annual organizational meeting and during regular business, the board accepted a donation of coats, hats, gloves and scarves to Norwood Elementary from the West Jefferson Police Department. The donation is valued at $500.

Superintendent William Mullett said changes could be coming next month regarding COVID-19 policies.

“Come February, it looks like the schools could have some modification of COVID quarantine procedures for students and staff in the classroom or on the bus,” Mullett said.

Mullett said the changes will give staff and students a better chance at staying in school.

In other action, the board accepted the resignation of Kevin Morrison, middle school assistant boys’ basketball coach, effective immediately, and approved a contract with Keegan Wolfe to replace Morrison.

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