Brooke County School Board Member Resigns To Take Teaching Job at Brooke High School in Wellsburg

The Brooke County Board of Education this week accepted the resignation of board member Chad Haught and approved his hiring as a business education teacher at Brooke High School.

Haught didn’t attend the meeting, so he didn’t vote on either measure.

Under state law, a school board member may not be employed by the school district he serves. The board will need to appoint someone to fill Haught’s unexpired term, which ends in June 2018.

In a letter to the board, Haught said he’s enjoyed serving during the last seven years and is proud of its accomplishments in that time.

“Although we are limited by the economic realities of our state and region, our board and administration strive, and in my opinion, have succeeded in creating an educational environment for all students to be successful academically, athletically, artistically and socially,” he wrote.

Haught said it’s been an honor serving with the present board members as well as former board members Jim Piccirillo, Richard Pannett and the late Frank Ujcich; and will always remember hard work and dedication of the school district’s administrators, teachers and service personnel.

“I thank everyone for your service, hard work and respect shown to me, one another, and Brooke County. It has been a pleasure,” he said.

Reached after the meeting, Haught said it was the caring nature of the school district’s teachers toward their colleagues and students that inspired him to apply for the teaching position. He added many retiring teachers told him of their love for their profession and that often it didn’t feel like work to them.

“That was something I wanted to be a part of,” said Haught, who has three young children and has coached soccer and baseball.

A practicing attorney for several years, Haught said he will draw on that background as well as his undergraduate degree in accounting to teach business law and accounting at the high school.

In other business, the board approved a $35,000 contract with Yoder Lumber of Sugarcreek, Ohio, for timber from property owned by the school district.

Rob Robinson, the school district’s facilities supervisor, confirmed the property is about 69 acres on the hilltop north of Cross Creek Road and across from Brooke High School.

Because a railroad runs through the site, plans call for the lumber company to access the site from a residence near Ballato’s garage on Hooverson Heights.

Robinson said the company is expected to begin operations there in the near future.