Ed Tyre, president of the Randolph County Board of Education, is seeking re-election as a representative of the Elkins District.
Tyre, born and raised in Randolph County, has worked at Elkins Builder's Supply for more than 35 years.
He and his wife, Barbara, a teacher, have two sons who were educated in the county school system.
His goals over the next four years will be to help ensure financial stability and fiscal responsibility and to promote the introduction of evolving technologies into classrooms.
"The new technologies can be great learning tools," he said.
Tyre added that the children also must develop good citizenship traits.
"Our schools, in cooperation with parents, should teach the principles of American democracy and the rules of civilized behavior," he said. "Furthermore, the adults must be good role models and teach honesty and integrity."
Tyre said all school systems face new challenges every day, and parents rely on teachers, administrators and school board members for guidance and good decisions that will help their children become strong and productive citizens.
"I'm honored to have been a part of the process for the past 15 years, and I'm eager to continue serving the people of Randolph County and meeting the challenges that await us," Tyre said.
Looking back over the past several years, Tyre notes several significant board accomplishments: Hiring Dr. James Phares to serve as school superintendent; adding a building at Pickens School; renovating Tygarts Valley Middle/High School, Valley Head and Elkins Middle School; moving students into the 21st century learning program; achieving and maintaining fiscal responsibility; overseeing changes that led to full accreditation from the state within one year; and turning over First Ward Elementary School to C-HOPE, which intends to renovate the structure for community use within the next five years.
Tyre attended Glenville State College and is a member of the Regional Education Service Agency (RESA 7) and the board of the Appalachian Mental Health Center. He also has served on the board of Elkins-Randolph County Family YMCA, is a past president of the Elkins Lions Club and is a former Cub master and Webelos leader of Cub Scout Pack 88.