UP: To longtime Wood County educator and administrator Sue Woodward who is retiring later in June after a 40-year career in education. Woodward, an assistant superintendent and Wood County native, is a true professional and will be missed. We wish her well in her retirement.
UP: To the U.S. Postal Service's new stamp honoring West Virginia's 150th birthday. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin introduced the new stamp Thursday in Charleston. It will be dedicated on June 20 during the official Sesquicentennial Ceremony. The stamp will be offered for sale following the 1:30 p.m. dedication. The stamp features a photograph taken in October 2008 by Roger Spencer, a lifelong West Virginian, as he traveled the Highland Scenic Highway in the Monongahela National Forest in Pocahontas County.
DOWN: To the Wood County Board of Education for considering supplemental raises for eight central office administrators that would cost taxpayers $56,000 a year. Supplements are paid by the county on top of the base salary. Board members say the raises are needed because some school principals are now making more than administrators. However this seems to send a message that administrators are more important to the school system than front-line educators in the classroom.
UP: To those residents who received their GED diplomas this week during a graduation ceremony at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. It is never easy to return to school, but these people, whose ages ranged from 16 to 72, took the time, and put in the effort to better their lives. Congratulations to all of the graduates, and good luck in the future.