CINDERELLA – Following Dr. Robert Bobbera’s announcement of his retirement as Superintendent of Mingo County Schools on July 5, the Mingo County Board of Education (BOE) held a special meeting Wednesday morning to discuss nine applicants who had applied for the position of Interim Superintendent.
Although the BOE discussed the applicants at today’s meeting, a decision regarding the position is not expected to be announced until next week.
On July 6, the BOE posted the position for a qualified applicant to complete the remaining year of Bobbera’s term which was scheduled to end on July 1, 2017. Interested applicants were required to apply by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12.
To qualify for the position, applicants had to meet several requirements listed in the posting. The requirements for the position of Interim Superintendent included residency in Mingo or in the neighboring county of Wayne, Lincoln, Logan, Wyoming or McDowell throughout the term. Applicants were required to have a professional administrative certificate or first class permit from the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) endorsed for Superintendent. Applicants were also qualified if they possessed a combination of a doctorate degree and three years’ experience teaching in a public school or the equivalent management experience approved by the West Virginia BOE. Applicants were also considered qualified if they had previously been employed by a WV BOE as assistant superintendent or educational administrator before June 27, 1988 or were a previous superintendent of schools or were employed as a principal or vice principal for a minimum of three years. Applicants that met or exceeded the requirements were considered for the position.
In a Letter to Editor published Tuesday in the Williamson Daily News, the Mingo County Education Association and local affiliate of WVEA announced their endorsement of Dr. Doug Ward for the position of county interim superintendent. The letter states, “The Mingo County Education Association and local affiliate of WVEA, voted yesterday in favor of endorsing Dr. Doug Ward for the position of county interim superintendent.”
The letter explains that Ward’s experience and education qualifies him for this position. The letter states, “Among the applicants discussed at the meeting, Dr. Ward was found by our members to be the most experienced among all proposed applicants, having spent 28 years in public education, with 25 of those years at the administrative level. Dr. Ward was also found to have the highest level of education among the proposed applicants as well, holding a bachelor’s degree in social sciences, two master’s degrees (one in social sciences and the other in administration), in addition to a doctorate in educational leadership. Dr. Ward has served as an administrator on all levels of the public school system in Mingo County, including elementary, middle, and high school. Members at the meeting also expressed their support for Dr. Ward based solely on his impeccable communication skills combined with an unwavering dedication to the students and teachers of Mingo County.”
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)