School board searching for new member


TENNERTON — Are you interested in serving on the Upshur County Board of Education?

If you reside in the first or second magisterial district and meet the other requirements found under West Virginia State Code 18-5-1a, send in a letter of interest to the board before 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

Dr. Tammy Samples, board president, announced at Tuesday’s regular board of education meeting that the board was looking to appoint someone to fill the vacancy left by Carl “Robbie” Martin. Martin resigned when he decided to file for the House of Delegates 45th district.

Appointed members must meet the same qualifications as a regular candidate for a county Board of Education member, according to the press release. A board member cannot be appointed from magisterial district 3 because the maximum number of board members from that district already serve on the Upshur County Board of Education. Two board members per magisterial district are allowed.

Those interested in serving should send a letter of interest with qualifications to Superintendent Roy Wager via email at  [email protected]  or by U.S. mail or hand delivery to 102 Smithfield St., Buckhannon, WV 26201. 

Martin’s seat is on the ballot for the May primary election. The person selected to serve the remainder of Martin’s term would be seated through June 30.

Those expressing interest should note that their name could be released publicly during or after the conclusion of the appointment process, according to the release.

Samples said the board would like to talk to the interested people at the 7 p.m.  Jan.  23 meeting in a format to be decided. That meeting will be at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School. Last year, the board interviewed three prospective members in an open meeting, asking them a variety of questions. Katie Loudin was then selected to fill the remainder of a term.

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