Local officials on hand for event

Terry George, interim superintendent of Randolph County Schools, and Ed Tyre, Randolph County Board of Education member, traveled to Charleston Wednesday to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Dr. James Phares.

Phares, an Elkins resident whose resignation as Randolph County’s superintendent of schools went into effect this week, took the oath of office Wednesday as West Virginia superintendent of schools.

“Dr. Phares was very pleased to see us at the ceremony,” George said. “There was a large crowd, and it was a nice ceremony. I was proud to be there and to hear Dr. Phares talk about how much he liked Elkins, Randolph County and the state of West Virginia. It was great to see one of our own taking on the position as state superintendent of schools.”

George said he is looking forward to Phares’ term in office and is excited for the resulting changes.

Wednesday was George’s first day as interim superintendent, and students were back in school after the holiday break.

“I am getting organized and sending emails to staff and principals,” George said. “I am meeting with the administrative staff Thursday and will meet shortly thereafter with the principals. I want everyone to know what the expectations are and set up a plan consistent with the goals set by the board.”

Pam Hewitt, assistant superintendent of curriculum/technology/instruction for Randolph County Schools, said Wednesday was business as usual.

“Today, we had the students back in school after the holiday break,” Hewitt said. “It was a great opening day. I was afraid we were going to have weather issues when it began snowing on Tuesday, but everything worked out.”