The Randolph County Board of Education did not stray far from home in picking a new superintendent of schools, voting unanimously Monday to hire Interim Superintendent Terry George to fill the slot beginning July 1.
Board members entered an executive session to discuss the hiring of the superintendent, and after several minutes invited George to join the session. Board president Lisa Wamsley announced the decision to hire George following the 20-minute session.
George was appointed by the board Dec. 26 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Superintendent Dr. James Phares, who then accepted the position of West Virginia State Superintendent of Schools. Phares had served as Randolph's superintendent since 2009.
Members of the board praised George Monday and congratulated him on his new appointment.
"It feels great to be appointed superintendent," George told The Inter-Mountain after the meeting. "I am looking forward to working with our board to set our 2014 goals."
George said he is excited to get started in his new role.
"It's an honor to be selected and to work with this board," George said. "I am very fortunate to work with the principals, instructors, staff and students in this county. I am happy to serve as a leader and help assure the demands are met for the ever-changing job market."
In February 2009, George, who has served as the county's assistant superintendent for secondary schools, was named interim superintendent following the retirement of former superintendent Sue Hinzman.
Prior to that, George served as the principal at North Elementary School, an assistant principal at Elkins Middle School and a social studies teacher at Elkins High School and Elkins Junior High School. He began his career with the Randolph County school system in 1979.
Also during Monday's meeting, Brad Smith, treasurer of Randolph County Schools, presented a budget update.
"The state gave no raises to the teachers," Smith said. "The local share amount has increased. There is a $169,000 net decrease in the state aid, and we believe the estimated cut in federal programs will be the projected 5.2 percent."
Smith said he included requests for levy match grants, and believes they can all be filled.
Dolton Mullenax, a junior at Harman School, will serve as the student representative for May and June. Mullenax spoke about all of his accomplishments, including his affiliation with America's Promise Coalition, his anti-drug commercials show at Elkins Cinema 8 and his Student Council affiliation.
Mullenax showed a video highlighting the 2013 Harman School prom.
The next regular meeting of the Randolph County Board of Education will be 6 p.m. May 20 at the central office.