George sworn in as superintendent

Terry George took his official oath of office as superintendent of Randolph County’s schools during Monday’s Board of Education meeting.

Board members congratulated George, who had served as interim superintendent since December.

“He has done a fine job the past two times he has served as interim superintendent of Randolph County schools,” Board President Lisa Wamsley said. “I look forward to working with him.”

George said he is very happy to represent Randolph County in his new position.

“It feels good to be the superintendent,” George said. “I served as interim superintendent twice and both of those opportunities helped me prepare to take on the duties of this job on a full time basis. I look forward to working with the board as well as our staff.

George said he could not wait until the kids were back in school.

“We started preparing this morning for the beginning of school,” George said. “Our goals and our plans are falling into place. Today starts our new year and in August, we will unveil our plan to the board, and to our staff on opening day.

“We are really excited that all of our students, except those in Elkins High School, will qualify for the Community Eligibility Options and be eligible for free breakfast and lunch. We think that will be a tremendous benefit for our students.”

George was appointed Dec. 26 to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of former Superintendent Dr. James Phares, who then accepted the position of the state superintendent of schools.

Phares had served as Randolph’s superintendent since 2009.

Wamsley announced the board’s decision to hire George as superintendent following a 20-minute executive session during the May 6 BOE meeting.