Wood County BOE’s Yeater addresses absences

PARKERSBURG – The president of the Wood County Board of Education has missed a number of meetings recently, both regular board meetings and Local School Improvement Council presentations.

President Tim Yeater has been on the board for more than a decade, but over the last month has missed at least three consecutive regular board meetings. Yeater said he regrets missing the meetings, but he has maintained a busy work schedule and has no plans to step down from the board.

“My job is very, very demanding, but it hits in short periods,” he said.

Yeater is a field superintendent for Pioneer Pipe and is a liaison between the company and the plants contracting the work.

“Their jobs run 24/7 and I don’t get the luxury of taking tomorrow night off,” he said.

Yeater said it’s unusual his work schedule is so full, but it’s part of the job. When Pioneer is working at a plant on an outage, the need to complete work to get things running again is a high priority.

Yeater said an area plant’s largest furnace is now shut down and Pioneer crews are working ’round the clock to get it running.

Pioneer “is very good to me, but I also make a personal commitment to them. Being on the board of education is not a monetary thing. At the end of the year it costs me money,” he said.

Yeater was re-elected to the board in 2012.

“Running for re-election, I was upfront taking more responsibility from my job,” he said.

He knows some may complain that his job as a board member is to be at every meeting. He said if his career moves into a different direction he’ll step away from the board.

Yeater has spoken with Wood County schools Superintendent Pat Law about the recent missed meetings.

“If you hear anything or this becomes an issue, let me know,” Yeater said. There is no mechanism to remove board members for excessive absence.

Yeater said he still takes phone calls and emails and remains in the loop regarding school system issues. He’s on the Williamstown Elementary School Steering Committee.

“I’m still giving 100 percent to the board,” he said.