Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

UP: To news of a clean and “exceptional” audit report on West Virginia University at Parkersburg. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, WVU-P Executive Vice President Alice Harris deserves an enormous amount of credit for making changes that led to such results. “We worked hard to establish accounting and internal controls that provide a system of ongoing monitoring that ensures the college’s assets are used wisely,” she said. “Those are solid controls and easily repeated and consistently applied.” She and the rest of the WVU-P administration are to be commended for their hard work.

UP: To the Friends of the Hughes River Watershed and the North Bend Rail Trail organizations, for doing work that earned conservation grants from the Little Kanawha Resource Conservation Development Council. “These watershed groups do incredible work,” said Secretary Austin Caperton of the Division of Environmental Protection. “Their commitment to the environment is truly inspiring and we take great pride in assisting them in protecting our state’s water.”

UP: To Belpre High School’s Building Bridges to Careers program for giving students an opportunity to gain real-world experience as part of their education. A group of 17 students was asked to solve a construction problem at the site for the new Strecker Cancer Center being built in Belpre — and important experience for the kids, but also helpful to the builders. Belpre’s project is just one of 13 taking place in schools throughout Washington County, and the boost it could give students considering their paths after high school is invaluable.