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Dr. Tim Barry, left, President of the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, presented the 2021 Chamber Directors Special Award to the Barbour County Board of Education to  President, Joanne McConnell “for meeting the needs of Barbour County’s youth and in recognition of their meeting the day-to-day challenges of educating our young people during a dangerous and universal pandemic.”

The award is in the form of an engraved Alderwood plaque.

Presented during a recent meeting of the Barbour County Board of Education, board members standing in row two included, from left, Jared Nestor, Adam Starks, Ron Phillips, and Vice President David Everson.  School Superintendent Jeff Woofter, not pictured, serves as the Secretary of the Board.

Woofter said, “The Board of Education has been focused for the past two years on doing what it takes to limit the negative impact of the pandemic on our students.  It has been a privilege to work with them on a coherent plan to educate students efficiently and effectively.  When I meet with other superintendents I brag about how lucky we are to have the Barbour County board members focused on this issue.  Many of my colleagues are jealous of our circumstances, and wish they had such a competent and cohesive board.”

Appointed Superintendent in 2015, Woofter graduated from Oak Glen High School, and was a four-year member of the Nittany Lions football program at Penn State University.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Business Education from Jacksonville University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Salem University. He was the Principal at Hampshire County High School before moving to Barbour County.