Hollis C. Vance of 127 Elm St., Elkins, is seeking re-election to the Randolph County Board of Education from the Elkins District.
"I am seeking re-election to the Randolph County Board of Education because I am committed to fulfilling the goals established by the superintendent and the board for the coming years," Vance said.
Some of those goals include maintaining stabilized leadership of the school system, continuing the open lines of communication between the communities and the board, as well as maintaining the positive relationship developed in Randolph County between communities, superintendent and board, creating Coalton and Homestead into community centerpieces, continuing to increase support to the outlying schools in the county, completing the prep work and demolition of the old Elkins High School and keeping the school system steered in the right direction.
Another goal is to address the needs at all of the schools, based on the public's recommendations, by establishing a 10-year Comprehensive Educational Facility Plan.
Vance said accomplishments as a member of the Randolph County Board of Education include but are not limited to the following: completion of the renovation of Elkins Middle School; technology upgrades and paving at Tygarts Valley Middle/High School; installation of a new boiler at Valley Head Elementary; fire safety and accessibility issues at Homestead completed; establishment of a Preventive Maintenance Plan for Facilities; efficient utilization of facilities; establishment of a Web site to keep the public informed of school and county activities; and improved staff development and relationships with communities throughout the county and the board superintendent.
Vance thinks the major accomplishments as a board member have been regaining full accreditation of Randolph County Schools and the development of a long-term contract with the superintendent as the board needs to continue to steer the school system in the right direction.
Vance believes strong leadership is essential to ensure a quality education and learning environment for all students in Randolph County.
Vance graduated from Harman High School, received a Bachelor of Arts from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a master's degree in education from West Virginia University.
He taught school at Cowen, Pickens, Beverly and Coshocton, Ohio. Since retiring as an area manager of West Virginia Employment Security in Randolph and surrounding counties, he substituted as a teacher and school counselor in the county school system.
With prior experience as a board member and having had two daughters and a granddaughter graduate from Randolph County schools, Vance believes he has kept abreast of and is knowledgeable of the needs of Randolph County students.
If re-elected, Vance said he will "continue to promote a quality education for all students in preparation for facing life's challenges in our society."
Current and past involvement in community organizations include past president and current member of Kiwanis, various Masonic bodies, Izaak Walton League, Elks Lodge 1135, American Legion Post 29 and is a member of the First Baptist Church of Elkins.
He is married to Adrienne Semones Vance, a retired registered nurse. They have two daughters, Elizabeth Marshall McVean, wife, of Chris McVean, is a teacher in Randolph County; and Becky Nucilli, wife of Jimmie Nucilli, is employed as a human resources director.
His granddaughter, Sarah Marshall, is a graduate of Elkins High School and a freshman at Asbury College in Lexington, Ky. His grandson, Noah Nucilli, attends fifth grade in Berkeley County.