Top school official to retire

Board begins planning for superintendent search

BUCKHANNON — Upshur County Schools’ superintendent is retiring this summer after five years in the head role.

Roy Wager’s retirement was officially accepted at Tuesday’s Upshur County Board of Education meeting.

“I had told the board when they asked me to come back I would do that for one year,” he said. “Then, they asked me to do a four-year contract.”

Wager said he and his wife, Patty, are both ready to retire to do some household projects and eventually relocate to be closer to their children.

“After 45 years I thought it was time,” he said. “I will miss the kids, the teachers and the service personnel. I’ve built some really good relationships with all the kids.”

Wager has been a teacher, principal and administrator in the board of education office. He retired previously before being tapped as superintendent following the retirement of Scott Lampinen.

Board of education members met in executive session concerning the appointment of a new county school superintendent for a term commencing July 1 at Tuesday’s meeting. No decisions were made.

Dr. Tammy Samples, board of education president, said board members are crafting an advertisement for their next superintendent that will be shared in local newspapers, online and through the state school board association to recruit candidates.

“We are going to post it and see what type of applications we receive,” she said. “It will be posted for most likely three weeks and then we will continue the process for interviews and an appointment. Mr. Wager retires June 30, so we have to have the new person in place by July 1.”

Choosing a superintendent is new territory for board members, who are trying to make sure that they cross Ts and dot Is in the process, according to the board president.

Wager will be missed, Samples added.

“He has been the face of the board,” she said. “He really beat the pavement when we were trying to get the levy passed. He talked to many outside groups, so he has been very much a part of the community and he has tried to bring our concerns and needs to the awareness of the community.”

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